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KPBS Military and Veteran Affairs Reporter

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Journalism
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KPBS Military and Veteran Affairs Reporter

Req No: 2022-14592
Category: Radio/TV/Multimedia
Type: Full-Time Contract
Salary: Starting at $30.53/hr, DOE
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KPBS serves the greater San Diego community with informative, cultural, entertaining and educational radio, television and digital programming. KPBS TV/FM is the public television and radio station for San Diego. Licensed to San Diego State University, KPBS supports and furthers the university's educational and community service mission by informing, enlightening and empowering its audience. It does so not only by presenting national and locally produced programming of value to its San Diego audience, but also by producing programming about San Diego and its people for distribution nationwide.

The Military and Veteran Affairs reporter covers the robust communities surrounding the armed forces in San Diego and the Imperial Valley. We will focus on communities, workplaces, government institutions and the transition to civilian life, with a dual emphasis on data-driven reporting, people-oriented storytelling and audience engagement.

The reporter will pitch original enterprise stories, accept assignments, participate in brainstorming sessions and produce a combination of features, quick-turn spots, interviews, multimedia projects and special reports that can be distributed on KPBS radio, TV,, podcasts and our social networking platforms.

Cultivating the beat is important, but all KPBS reporters occasionally work outside their beats, or team up with others on their beats. This reporter will produce news stories that may involve issues such as access to health care, housing and transition to civilian life.

This position is part of a public media collaboration to impactful reporting on the military and veteran affairs along with North Carolina Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, WSHU (Connecticut and Long Island, New York), and St. Louis Public Radio. Stories may appear on national or international programs.

The reporter will occasionally help fill in for other newsroom positions, such as anchoring newscasts, broadcast or web producing, and appear as a guest or host on KPBS TV and radio programs.

The reporter is expected to participate in station on-air fundraising activities, and make appearances for KPBS community building events and other public relations activities. This position is within the SAG-AFTRA bargaining unit.

Benefits & Job Perks

Full Benefits Package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Accident)

403(b) Matching and Voluntary Retirement

Flexible Spending Account(s)

Employee Assistance Program

10 Vacation Days

14 Observed Holidays

Sick Leave Accrual

Paid Leave Options


News Reporting and Producing 80%
KPBS News Reporters have a bevy of options to employ when providing news content: spot news, feature reports, cut and copy, live debrief, tape talk, field packages, photos, video, audio, blog posts, and newscasts. The primary flow of work will be to start a story online, shoot video on the topic and edit it or work in partnership with a videographer for longer pieces as needed, and move the gathered content across all news platforms.
  • The reporter, at the direction of the News Director, will follow the KPBS Strategic Plan and Editorial Vision.
  • The reporter researches topics, analyzes data, develops contacts and interviews sources, maintains notes and broadcast recordings, writes and edits reports, produces and voices reports for air, and works with a production unit to produce radio, TV and multimedia productions.
  • Reports stories in appropriate forms for online and broadcast (live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, voicer, wrap, feature, series, documentary, studio two-way, radio, TV, etc.)
  • Possesses excellent storytelling skills and high journalistic standards

Planning 15%
  • Follows major developments on military and veteran affairs stories, and especially on issues you have covered in the past
  • Maintains contact lists and files for on-going continuity of coverage, accumulation of knowledge and source development
  • Brainstorms beat-specific story ideas with other reporters, editors and producers of radio, television, public affairs, and digital platforms.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
  • Attends and actively participates in meetings and training opportunities
  • Represents the station at public events
  • Responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work in journalism.
  • Demonstrated excellence in news judgment and ability to generate engaging story ideas.
  • Ability to think creatively about topics and story angles.
  • Knowledge and adherence to high ethical standards.
  • Ability to start stories online first.
  • Knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and AP Style.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple stories at once, and shift gears quickly.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with editors and station colleagues, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at KPBS and within the public broadcasting system.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurance required.
  • Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Highly motivated self-starter.
  • Be able to work in breaking news situations.

Minimum Experience
  • Minimum two years professional, progressively responsible experience in journalism.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation

San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

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