The Public Affairs Reporter develops a beat that covers a range of government related stories from small town issues with big ramifications to elections, the state legislature and government agencies and policies. This person keeps the human interest factor high in their stories, delves deep on the real world implications of policies, and deploys good investigative skills as needed. Stories will be published on all digital platforms and air in CPR news magazines, newscasts and Colorado Matters, as well as contributing to relevant CPR podcasts.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Works with the Public Affairs team to identify trends, develop sources and get ahead of legislative issues before the General Assembly in January. All of this work leads to enterprise work that’s original to CPR.
- Researches, writes, reports, edits, and voices stories weekly for morning and afternoon news magazines. Provides soundbites, wraps and voicers for hourly newscasts. Expected to join Colorado Matters’ host on air with updates and debriefs as needed as well as providing debriefs with news magazine hosts.
- Coordinates, writes and produces digital content with the public affairs editor and digital team. This person is expected to take photographs on assignment, tweet from the field and provide explainer material and backcopy to digital ahead of major developments on the beat.
- Works with public affairs editor to engage community members. Monitors Facebook groups, Reddit threads and other social media forums to see what conversations are percolating around state and local governments. All of this is an effort to report relevant government-related stories to CPR’s audience.
- Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
- Other duties as assigned.
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Education and Experience Requirements:
- Identification with the mission and purpose of Colorado Public Radio.
- Minimum of 5 years journalism experience at major news organization preferred.
- Experience covering public affairs beats.
- Radio experience preferred but not required.
- High-level writing and editing skills, demonstrated ability to identify key developments and distill complex matters.
- Understanding and presence on social media for reporting and promoting stories as well as engaging with audience.
- Able to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, juggle multiple tasks.
- Position is based in Denver and requires working non-standard hours and some travel.