Reporters in the WAMU/DCist newsroom help carry out our regional
news initiatives across broadcast and digital platforms, in
consultation with newsroom editors. The Reporter, General
Assignment will cover regional news across a variety of beats,
including but not limited to politics, education, housing, health,
and breaking stories. Coverage will include breaking news, day turn
stories, two-ways and occasionally also features and enterprise
work for both audio and web. The position requires curiosity,
motivation, and a deep professional interest in local news. The
Reporter should have strong editorial judgment and the ability to
write quickly, clearly, and with a distinctive and appealing style.
In addition to beat coverage, all reporters will maintain regular
breaking news shifts. This individual will report to the Editor,
1. Report and write news stories online and on air (80% of the
- Evaluate leads, monitor major news developments, and contribute
story ideas, or receive assignments from an editor.
- Determine a web and/or broadcast story's emphasis, length, and
format and organize material accordingly.
- Report both at a desk and in the field;
- Collaborate with other reporters, as needed.
- Write multiple web stories and broadcast/newscast pieces per
week, and regularly contribute features and enterprise work.
- Cover at least one breaking news shift per week.
- Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are
credible sources of information.
2. Produce stories:
- Produce web stories in WordPress, including finding images,
writing headlines (with the help of an editor), and doing SEO
- Write tweets and Facebook posts for stories, as needed.
- Produce audio, utilizing field sound to create a sense of place
and weaving appropriate sound bites together to paint a holistic
3. Engage audiences:
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Engage with reader questions and feedback on social media and
in DCist’s comment section, when necessary and as time allows.
- Participate in events, both internal and external, as a
representative of the station and subject matter expert
Required Education and Experience
- Full time
- Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A
- This position is covered by SAG-AFTRA
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- 1-3 years of relevant experience
- Top-notch writing and reporting skills
- Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably
between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers,
and both short and longer pieces
- Sharp interview skills
- Strong journalistic ethics
- Experience building audience connections using social media and
mining platforms for story ideas, angles, and sources
- Willingness to try new storytelling methods, and adapt to
changing platforms and audience needs
- Ability to work collaboratively with others
- Commitment to building and fostering an inclusive, encouraging,
and diverse workplace
- Creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness
- Must be an effective and imaginative storyteller with a keen
sense of how to shape content to suit different audiences--both on
air (via local newscasts, live two-ways, feature stories, etc.) and
online (via DCist.com and social media platforms).
- Must have a well-developed sense of how to create digital
content that is compelling, sharable, visual, and impactful.
- Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful
completion of a background check.
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