Crosscut is seeking a reporter to develop, write and produce original stories focused on Native communities in the Pacific Northwest. This role is central to a new editorial initiative at Crosscut intended to provide improved news coverage of Native communities and to amplify Native voices. The reporter will produce enterprise journalism from our Native communities that drives awareness, conversation and change.
Candidates with an Indigenous/Native background strongly encouraged to apply.
Develop, write and produce original stories focused on the region’s Indigenous communities
Pitch, research and deliver stories, via traditional and emerging mediums
Ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and of high integrity
II. Audience Impact
Collaborate with Crosscut’s visual journalists, podcast producers and editors in the newsroom to create stories that are timely, compelling and incorporate a range of media
Use insights (relationships, community impact and metrics) to inform story choices and shape beat strategies
Plan and closely interface with internal Audience Engagement team to amplify and engage with Crosscut’s growing digital audiences ahead of scheduled stories and projects
Oversee a dedicated beat while working closely with an editor to manage an editorial calendar of upcoming stories and broader related projects
Serve as a Cascade Public Media representative at community and partner events
Collaborate and present partnership opportunities across regional Indigenous communities
Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, communications, new media, business or a related field or equivalent experience required
At least two years of experience as a reporter in a deadline-oriented environment; tribal affairs-related environment a strong plus
Strong command of AP grammar and style
Passionate and keenly versed in regional tribal affairs
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills for building and fostering key internal and external relationships, as well as the ability to mentor less experienced employees
Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment
Deep understanding of journalism ethics and practices, with nonprofit or public media experience preferred
Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Washington State driver license
Ability to work a varied schedule, including evening, weekends and some holidays required
Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.
In January 2016, KCTS Television and Crosscut became Cascade Public Media. This nonprofit, community-licensed, publicly supported organization remains committed to supporting social and civic engagement, arts and culture and education and family initiatives.
KCTS 9, which first went on the air in 1954, delivers a wide variety of programs including drama, news, documentaries, science, kids programming and other PBS favorites.
Founded in 2007, Crosscut tells stories and provides context and analysis that helps people understand our fast-changing region and how they can be a part of shaping it for the better.
Together, Crosscut and KCTS 9 support Cascade Public Media’s mission - To Inspire a Smarter World
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