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Science Reporter/Content Producer


OPB is looking for a Science Reporter/Content Producer to join our Science and Environment team. We seek someone with a keen sense for stories of wonder, advancement, and scientific breakthroughs that will inspire and inform a Northwest audience. This hourly, non-exempt position is a full time, regular status position with benefits.

Position Details

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

The Science Reporter/Content Producer researches, reports, and produces science features and news on a regular basis for digital, broadcast and social media. This reporter will balance occasional daily deadlines as well as long-term deadlines for special features and projects. In addition to radio and online reporting work, the Science Reporter/Content Producer employs a variety of digital tools to explain and illustrate science to a diverse audience in visually striking ways. The Science Reporter crafts stories at the intersection of science and culture that cover the spectrum of (but are not limited to) technology, engineering, biomedical, astrophysics, genetics, chemistry, earth sciences, and the environment.   

Working Conditions:

Work is done both in an office and in the field. Work schedule may include early mornings, evenings and weekends and involve travel throughout Oregon and Washington. Reporter will work in a truly multimedia environment, where the story dictates whether it gets primary billing on radio, online, video, social media, or any combination thereof. Reporter may work independently or as part of a reporting team.  Extended periods of using a computer. Must be able to lift and carry equipment up to 30 pounds.  

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Skills related to visual storytelling. These may include but would not be limited to data visualization, mapping, animation, graphic modeling or digital video production. 
  • A journalist with at least three years of professional experience, impeccable journalistic ethics, and proven research, writing, and enterprise reporting skills.
  • An engaged science news consumer.
  • Ability to develop and maintain sources.
  • Strong interest, background, or work experience related to science or STEM. 
  • Experience in online journalism, including comfort with technical aspects of web publishing and social media tools and trends.
  • An understanding of methods, processes, peer review and publishing culture within the scientific community.
  • Familiarity with science issues, trends, and research originating in or related to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience with telling stories for and about diverse communities.
  • Exceptional time management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Desire to contribute to building the strongest science & environment reporting unit in the Northwest. 
  • Willingness to experiment with storytelling methods and to adapt to changing platforms and audience needs.
  • Agility to shift journalistic modes quickly and nimbly: from deadline reporting to developing explainers; from deep investigative work to producing live events.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience voicing stories for radio or video.
  • Exceptional skills in writing for a non-academic audience.
  • Experience using digital audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience as part of a team that produces work in a collaborative way.   

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Application Deadline

All application materials are due by:
Aug. 16, 2019, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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