Public Radio Station News Director/Assistant Professional Practice Professor

University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, Missouri)

Posted 4 weeks ago

NPR-affiliate KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism are looking for the right candidate to lead our dynamic public radio station’s news team and train the next generation of audio journalists.

The station and school are located at the University of Missouri-Columbia. We are seeking applications for a candidate who is excited about the prospect of reimagining what a public radio news team can accomplish and who is ready to lead collaborative projects with partner School of Journalism newsrooms producing professional-quality work across platforms.

Our news director will also serve as a faculty member at the Missouri School of Journalism, leading operations for our Edward R. Murrow national award–winning radio station that is also a working laboratory for students at The Missouri School of Journalism.

The director will oversee planning, supervising and production of news programming for radio broadcasts, including in-depth and long form reports, as well as public affairs programming. Responsibilities also include classroom teaching, faculty committee assignments and service to the profession of radio journalism.

KBIA is part of a group of news outlets operated by the School of Journalism, including the Columbia Missourian, a community newspaper; KOMU-TV, an NBC affiliate; Vox Magazine and Missouri Business Alert. KBIA is located in a centralized newsroom with these outlets, and the news director will embrace the opportunity of working across platforms to create unique content.

Responsibilities also include developing and maintaining contacts with community leaders in the coordination and implementation of news and public affairs programming across digital and on-air platforms; planning and producing promotional announcements for upcoming news and public affairs reports; and training Missouri School of Journalism students, including classroom teaching.

A bachelor’s degree is required. Two to three years of experience in public radio news broadcasting, interviewing and production are necessary. The position carries an academic rank of Assistant Professional Practice (non-tenure track).

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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Anticipated Salary Range: $65,000-73,660

To apply, please visit to access the online application system. Required application materials include a cover letter summarizing qualifications, a resume, and a link to audio examples, including feature reporting. E-mail questions to Mark Horvit, Chair of the Radio-Television Journalism faculty at

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

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