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Education Reporter

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St Louis Public Radio - KWMU FM Radio

Job Description

The St. Louis area has a storied, flawed and fractured education system that is ripe for an ambitious and enterprising journalist itching to dive into one of the most important reporting beats in the region.

St. Louis Public Radio is looking for an education reporter who can explain arcane policy problems in engaging ways, who loves to connect issues to the people impacted the most and who can distinguish between public policy lip service and authentic attempts to change things.

You’ll join an award-winning newsroom of nearly 30 of journalists that covers communities across the bistate St. Louis region, in Rolla, Missouri, and in Quincy, Illinois. STLPR has a reputation as one of the most ambitious and innovative stations in the public radio system. Our reporters regularly have stories featured by NPR, Marketplace and other nationally syndicated programs. STLPR is also a founding member of both NPR’s Midwest Newsroom, which focuses on enterprise and investigative reporting, and Harvest Public Media, which reports on the food production industry, environmental topics and rural issues in the Midwest.

The STLPR newsroom prizes reporting that provides context and understanding, reflects the diverse voices and perspectives in our community and engages our region in crucial conversations. A great candidate would have a record of journalistic excellence and a drive to experiment with multiple forms of storytelling, including for the radio and on the web.

Key Responsibilities

-- Identify relevant education stories, put them into context and explain them in an engaging manner.
-- Research, report and produce stories and interviews for radio and web audiences.
-- Write scripts, host, produce and mix audio features.
-- Help foster community discussion around education issues that are impacting the region.
-- Build a robust network of sources to help inform coverage and break new reporting ground.
-- Meet deadlines while juggling daily news stories with enterprise feature reporting.

Supervision Received: The Education Reporter is supervised by the Arts, Health and Education Editor.

Supervision Responsibilities: None. This job is an STLPR Guild-eligible position.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.


40 hours per week

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field or equivalent professional experience.
  • Two or more years of professional experience as a reporter, producer, or other journalism-related role.
  • Experience thinking creatively about how to effectively tell stories on audio and digital platforms.
  • Solid writing skills and familiarity with AP style.
  • Experience reporting on education issues, preferred.
  • Audio reporting experience, preferred.
Anticipated Hiring Range

Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $52,000 - $68,000 Annual
Grade: GGS-010
University Title: Media Production Director II

Application Materials
  • Cover letter that describes your explains why you want to be STLPR’s education reporter and why your experience makes you a great fit for this job.
  • Contact information for at least three professional references.
  • Resume in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
  • 2-3 writing samples, including both audio script and web writing examples, if available. (PDF or include links to online stories at the bottom of the cover letter.)
  • 2 audio samples, if available. (Include links to SoundCloud samples in cover letter or email mp3 files to
Application materials include a cover letter and resume. Finalists will be asked to provide references at a later date.

Applicants must combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment to the UMSL Job site:

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). For questions about the application process, please email If you are experiencing technical problems, please email umpshrsupport@umsystem.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.



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