Reports To: Managing News Editor
FLSA Status: Exempt
The reporter focused on the environment and climate change will join a team of reporters, producers and editors who are dedicated to exploring the whole Vermont story. The reporter will lead VPR’s coverage of our changing climate and the issues affecting our environment. The reporter will develop diverse sources within Vermont, the Northeast and beyond in order to explore complex issues and also search for solutions. The coverage will be guided by the expertise the reporter develops as well as engagement with communities in our state. Within the newsroom the reporter will help connect climate change issues to other beats and areas of coverage. The reporter will produce stories and interviews that will air on our broadcast programs and also on our digital and on demand platforms. The reporter will also develop rich, creative and innovative digital content as part of your work.
- Report stories on climate change and the environment for daily breaking news and as sound- rich, in-depth features.
- Develop expertise related to climate change and the environment to help guide VPR’s coverage.
- Regular on-air interviews with our news hosts on issues related to climate and the environment.
- Embrace engagement journalism as part of the reporting process.
- Collaborate with fellow climate reporters at NPR and the New England News Collaborative.
- General assignment reporting, as assigned.
- Ensure that journalistic standards and ethics are upheld.
- Foster diversity, equity and inclusion as an employee and within our content and sources.
- Report compelling news, enterprise and feature stories on deadline.
- Participate in daily newsroom meetings, bring story ideas and suggestions for coverage.
- Cultivate a broad base of sources and engage with communities.
- Use, with equal ability, broadcast and digital skills to produce for various platforms.
- Maintain active and engaging social media accounts relevant to beat and coverage area.
- Participate in station fund-raising activities as needed
- Consistently act with the highest standards of journalism, business ethics, and personal integrity.
- Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities.·
- Work collaboratively within the VPR news team and with outside media partners.
- Participate in VPR events.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: No degree requirement. Reporting experience desired and a demonstrated interest in issues related to climate and the environment.
Essential Skills: Strong organizational, communications (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills required. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Ability to work under strict deadlines and pressure, ability to break news as it emerges and develop a vision for shaping climate and environmental coverage within a beat.
Physical Demands: The work environment is usually in an open space office or remotely from home; occasional travels for off-site events or training. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Please note: This is not an all-encompassing statement of this position’s responsibilities. While it attempts to be comprehensive, new responsibilities may be assigned to this position at any time.
To apply please send VPR Job Application with a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.