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About the Department/Unit
WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater
Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local
news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside
essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve
the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a
public service and put our current and future audience at the
center of our work.
Reporters in WAMU’s newsroom help carry out our regional news
agenda across broadcast and digital platforms. In consultation with
newsroom editors, reporters develop sources and shape their
assigned beats. Coverage will include breaking news, day turn
stories, explainers, two-ways, features and other enterprise work
for both audio and the 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
Housing is consistently among regional residents’ biggest concerns,
and this reporter covers a wide range of related issues and
debates. This beat’s coverage areas include homelessness, efforts
to expand affordable housing, the effects of gentrification and
development on longtime communities, and public housing. This
reporter will stay on top of related policy debates and
discussions, as well as the broader intersection with economic
development, without losing sight of the human-centered stories and
impacts of this beat.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Report and write news stories online and on air:
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.
- Produce stories: Produce web stories in WordPress,
including finding images, writing headlines (with the help of an
editor), and doing SEO work. 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 portrait.
- Engage audiences: Engage with reader questions and
feedback on social media and other means 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 - 35 hours per week.
- Project Leader/Advisor B
- This is a union-eligible position.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- 3-5 years of relevant experience
- Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably
between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers,
short and longer pieces.
- Top-notch writing and reporting skills.
- 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 methodsand 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, WAMU.org 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.
- To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires
COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn
more about our health and safety directive.
- Please note this job description is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with
or without notice.
AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching
retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their
families, several leadership development certificates, and has been
recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly
worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique
benefit options .
This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented
by SAG-AFTRA. That means the terms and conditions of your
employment are governed by university policy (including the Staff
Personnel Policies Manual) and any collective bargaining agreement
entered into between American University and SAG-AFTRA.
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