Political Reporter/Producer

Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, Oregon)

full-time, Temporary
Posted 2 weeks ago

About OPB
OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at opb.org, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTube and Facebook

The Opportunity
OPB is seeking a 6-month temporary political reporter/producer to fill in while a reporter is on a leave of absence. The reporter/producer would cover the end of the 2021 legislative session and broader policy changes. This position could be a great opportunity to build upon or grow your understanding of the political landscape in Oregon and Southwest Washington. You would work in collaboration with another political reporter and have the opportunity to file both breaking news and enterprise stories. You would also contribute to local news programming including “Think Out Loud®” and “OPB Politics Now”. 

Position Details
The temporary Political Reporter/Producer produces high quality enterprise and breaking news stories for OPB that appear on multiple platforms and consistently meet daily deadlines, as well as ethical, technical, legal and aesthetic standards. This involves daily research, writing, online filing, photography, voicing and digital audio production. The bulk of this reporter/producer’s newsgathering efforts will focus on politics and state government issues in Oregon and Southwest Washington. 


  • The reporter/producer reports, writes and produces breaking and enterprise news stories on multiple platforms, including audio and digital, focused on politics and state government. Those other duties include scheduling and conducting interviews and planning future news coverage related to the beat, recording and editing material using digital audio tools, using social media for information gathering and engagement and taking photos. This position, along with all reporters, will use OPB’s content and media asset management systems as required for collaboration across the department.  
  • Participate in local news programming by participating in OPB’s politics podcast, appearing as a guest on shows like Think Out Loud® or being debriefed by an on-air host. Support efforts to include other local voices in OPB’s on-air programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions
The temporary political reporter will divide time an office/studio and field work as needed for newsgathering, which may include travel to remote locations, working evenings or weekends, and possibly working in inclement weather. Lifting and carrying equipment up to 20 pounds is sometimes required. In-state travel is common, but trips are often short. 

During COVID-19, this position will work from remotely using equipment provided by OPB. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Ability to develop and maintain sources
  • Strong writing and interviewing skills.
  • Experience developing and maintaining a beat. 
  • A demonstrated interest in following stories over time
  • Familiarity with photography, audio, video and social media in the presentation of news stories
  • Ability to file live reports and participate in breaking news.
  • Commitment to high ethical standards in reporting.
  • Ability to be the face of OPB.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of OPB.
  • Ability to use various content management systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
  • Experience using digital audio recording and editing equipment
  • Experience covering government and politics.
  • Community engagement experience. 
  • Bilingual in English and another language, preferably one spoken in communities in the Pacific Northwest (for example, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Russian). 
  • An eye for diverse voices and sources in stories.
  • Photography or video production skills.

Additional Information

  • This nonexempt position reports to OPB’s News Editor and the hiring range is between $30 and $35 hourly, depending on qualifications.
  • Ideally, this position starts April 2021 and ends October 2021.

Apply here.

Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on April 12, 2021

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