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OPB seeks a Reporter/Producer to join a nationwide five-person team of journalists with a specific mandate: to improve the diversity of issues, voices and perspectives in public media storytelling. This network of journalists will take a fresh examination of race and diversity -- bringing context to issues that are similar and different across the United States. This is a non-exempt, full-time, regular status position with benefits.

Position Details

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

This Reporter/Producer is passionate about telling stories that reflect a wide spectrum of interests, issues and people, especially those reflecting the changing demographics of Oregon and Southwest Washington and the impact of those changes on race, equity and inclusion activity in the region. The Reporter/Producer writes news stories for online publication, records and edits material on a digital audio workstation, interviews newsmakers, and collaborates with content staff on cross-unit reporting projects. The Reporter helps the newsroom cover a wider scope of issues, hear from people who are often overlooked and ultimately expand the impact of our reporting across a broader spectrum of communities. This Reporter also produces material for national networks.  

Working Conditions:

This Reporter will work in the office and in the field gathering material for and producing news stories. The work may require travel to remote locations, working evening or weekends, and possibly working in inclement weather.  Moving equipment up to 20 pounds is sometimes required.    

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • At least three years’ experience in a daily newsroom environment.
  • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly under deadline.
  • Ability to juggle multiple stories.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues in collaborative newsroom environment.
  • An understanding of the quickly changing news environment, and an enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Photography or video production skills.
  • Strong social media skills.
  • Proven success with cross-platform storytelling.
  • Experience with live reporting or interaction with hosts on the air (radio and/or television).
  • Passion for the mission of OPB News.
  • Familiarity with the demographics and history of the Northwest as those relate to race, equity and inclusion.
  • Familiarity with AP style and the ability to write excellent headlines.
  • Ability to stay calm in times of stress.    

To apply:

  • Please send an email or letter of interest requesting the instructions on how to apply for this position (Reporter/Producer) to or OPB Human Resources, 7140 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219.
  • Instructions on how to apply will be sent within 24 hours of receiving the letter of interest Monday through Friday. If a letter of interest is sent over the weekend or a holiday, application instructions will be sent by the end of the next business day.

Application Deadline

All application materials are due by:
Sept. 19, 2017, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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