Job Details

Position Details

Req ID:


Position Title:

News Reporter Radio

Position Type:

Staff Full-Time

Position Number:


OSU Campus:




Location Address:

Stillwater, Oklahoma
United States

Hiring Supervisor:

Rachel Smith

Hiring Range:
(Contingent upon available funding):

15.38 - 23.08, Hourly

Work Schedule:

8:30 to 5:30 unless otherwise required

Faculty Appt Period:

Job Summary:

KOSU seeks a special projects reporter to work on innovative journalism that is meaningful and audience centric. It's part investigation, part engagement and should surface relevant content that resonates with new and existing audiences.

This position is essentially tasked with conducting educated experiments that push against the status quo using tools ranging from in-person conversations to digital and engagement tools such as Groundsource and social media.

It is not an entry-level position. The successful candidate should have at least two years of journalism experience and is now ready to pitch big ideas for special reporting and engagement projects. While many of the stories you may encounter will be personal, this is inherently a hard news position that should surface challenges and viewpoints not typically heard in news coverage.

The successful candidate will need to be collaborative and adept at connecting the dots and seeing patterns.
News reporting will often require travel. The person is expected to be on call for breaking news events.  Occasional work after hours or on weekends will be required.
Person must have ability to walk long distances while carrying broadcast equipment weighing 10 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit up to three links that show samples of your work.

Education & Experience

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum of two years experience as a working journalist;
Successful experience using broadcast, production and field recording equipment;
Successful experience using contemporary audio editing software;
Experience using social media and digital tools to as journalism tools;
Experience doing FOIAs and building journalism sources;
Experience using software such as Excel to analyze data for journalism purposes;
Experience in managing complex projects with the ability to meet a deadline;
Must have successful experience with diverse populations.

Excellent spoken and written English skills;
Excellent news copy writing skills appropriate for public radio;
Excellent computer skills using existing and emergent computer software;
Must be able to meet deadlines, be organized and detail-oriented;
Ability to use audio production equipment in the field and the studio;
Commitment to ethical journalism standards;
Experience writing in-depth enterprise journalism stories;
Ability to recognize patterns in data;
Ability to build a source pool from diverse communities;
Ability to work collaboratively and independently;
Independence, initiative and good judgment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five years reporting experience, preferably in a public radio or audio storytelling environment.
Reporting experience in marginalized communities or news deserts.
Experience developing original journalism stories from talking to sources and using data.
Experience doing long-form special project reporting.
Experience pitching experimental projects and following through to completion.

Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Wide Orbit.
Fluent in Spanish and/or Vietnamese.
Experience working in marginalized communities.
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.
Familiarity with Content Management Systems, such as Wordpress and Drupal.
Working with other reporters and digital staff to design engagement opportunities for stories.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations,OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.