Audion Reporting Fellow

Audion Reporting Fellow

Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) is a non-profit organization formally called Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc. (AETC).  As a broadcast service, PBA is comprised of WABE90.1FM, WPBA-TV30 and the digital service Atlanta PlanIt. For more information on the broadcast service, programming and opportunities, please visit www.wabe.org

 

WABE 90.1FM Audion Reporting Fellow, Guns & America

 

Position Summary

WABE seeks an exceptionally creative, ambitious Reporting Fellow to work in the WABE newsroom as part of Guns & America, a groundbreaking new collaborative reporting project focused on the role of guns in American life. The Reporting Fellow will participate as a member of the inaugural cohort of the two-year Audion Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind two-year professional development opportunity for early- to mid-career journalists designed to grow and strengthen public media’s pool of talented, cross-platform storytellers.

The Audion Fellow at WABE will build a new beat reporting on the many ways we in the WABE region interact with guns, creating empathetic, surprising journalism about this divisive issue. As one of 10 Audion Fellows reporting for the Guns & America collaborative from partner stations across the U.S, the WABE fellow will work every day with the Guns & America lead editing team in Washington, D.C., and with the WABE newsroom leadership.

In addition to a Fellow’s full-time salary and benefits at WABE, the highly competitive Audion Fellowship offers cutting-edge training on digital innovation, investigative reporting techniques and audio storytelling. Fellows will also come together for twice-yearly, week-long professional development seminars, to be held in various cities throughout the country.

Applications are due June 6 and Fellows are expected to begin their 24-month terms on or about August 1, 2018. Applicants who would like to apply to more than one station must submit separate applications to the relevant partner stations.

Find more information about how to apply at www.wamu.org/guns.

Principal Accountabilities

  • (35%) Develop and own a new beat reporting on the role of guns in American life. Regularly create engaging multimedia stories from reporting, interviews, data and analysis. Bring a distinctive style and approach and find new ways to report on an old issue, striving for greatest impact with deepest substance.
  • (20%) Work as part of a team to build expertise, contribute compelling story ideas, experiment with innovative storytelling technique, and work with WAMU’s lead editing team to create a new project from the ground up.
  • (15%) Create and tend a community around the beat, both locally and nationally. Participate in both real-life and social media events.
  • (10%) Engage in innovative professional development experiences developed by the Audion Fellowship, including twice-yearly week-long meetups, monthly seminars and embed opportunities.
  • (20%) Creating compelling NPR style news reports for WABE.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A journalist with at least three years of professional experience, inscrutable journalistic ethics, and proven research, writing, and reporting skills.
  2. Experience building a beat, developing topical expertise and bringing a fresh perspective to vital issues, elevating impact above substance.
  3. Willingness to experiment with storytelling methods and to adapt to changing platforms and audience needs.
  4. Agility to shift journalistic modes quickly and nimbly: from deadline reporting to developing explainers; from deep investigative work to producing live events.
  5. Ability to work within a diverse team with varying perspectives, ideas and life experience.
  6. Experience building audiences and communities online, and using connections made within an online community for reporting.
  7. A commitment to cooperation, teamwork, curiosity, and diversity.
  8. Ability to commit to two years with WABE, starting on or about August 1, 2018, to focus on reporting on guns.
  9. Undergraduate degree in journalism or related field.
  10. Ability to participate in professional development opportunities organized by WAMU.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Graduate degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  2. Knowledge of the partner station region.
  3. Experience with one or more of the following: multimedia production, particularly photo or video; hands-on audio editing and innovative audio storytelling; working with one or more content management systems; other relevant technical expertise.

 

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Personal statement explaining why the fellowship interests you and why you should be selected by this station (500 words or less). We are especially interested in learning the following:
    • Why do you want to be a part of Guns & America?
    • What skills would you most like to develop and how would this fellowship help you achieve these goals?  
    • What do you feel is lacking in media coverage of gun-related stories?
    • Is there anything that you would like us to know that is not covered in any other part of your application?
  • Three examples of your best recent work (preferably one example of work with audio)

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Public Broadcasting Atlanta

740 Bismark Rd. NE

Atlanta, GA 30324

Fax: 678-553-3026

Apply online at: www.wabe.org

Email: hr@pba.org

 

EOE

 

To apply for this job please visit www.wabe.org.

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