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The MPR News arts reporter/critic will be responsible for covering the Twin Cities and Minnesota’s lively and evolving arts scene for audio and digital platforms. This position also allows for art reviews and point-of-view pieces. We welcome stories that elevate lesser-known artists and performances, as well as interrogate institutions. Our arts reporter will explore new ways to tell stories with the help of creative digital and audio reporters and editors. You, along with editor input, will produce regional radio stories for magazine programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, newscasts, as well as report versions for digital platforms. Other duties include live Q&As with MPR News hosts.
MPR News trains all new employees, whether remote or in person. We also have regular and collaborative news meetings twice a day to engage the entire staff in the editorial process, and your contributions will be important. You will be given beat-specific guidance on assignments as your primary role, and you will be assigned some general assignment stories. While you will have an assigned shift, per the news cycle and staffing needs of a daily news organization, you may be assigned to work an early morning, night and/or weekend shift.
This position will be either a Reporter II or Senior Reporter position depending upon the selected candidate’s experience.
Compensation Range: $26.49 - $41.29/hour. Exact hourly rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Develop sources in the Minnesota arts community
Record interviews for broadcast
Write scripts, edit and mix audio for feature stories and newscasts
Contribute reviews and arts criticism
Write stories for MPRNews.org
Ability to produce reports on art criticism and assess the meaning and value of artwork
Uphold journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness
Fill in on daily news shifts and on weekends several times a year
Report on live radio broadcasts as assigned
Take images or create other visual content to support digital workflows and outputs as applicable
Collaborate with editors, digital producers, radio producers and reporting staff
Required Education and Experience:
BA degree or equivalent work experience in journalism
Reporter II Level: 3+ years reporting or similar experience experience
Reporter level: 5+ years reporting or similar experience, radio reporting and beat experience a must. Preferred experience in leading projects
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to write for radio, broadcast and/or print and meet daily deadlines
Experience digging into and reporting an arts beat
Ability to construct stories with multiple interviews and scenes
Pitch stories regularly
Command for developing long-term projects, and pivot to breaking news
Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, in step with the news cycle
Ability to learn radio production workflows, produce content for multiple platforms and take images as applicable
Social media fluency that builds audience/followers and upholds journalistic standards
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Creative and innovative and the ability to develop tone of voice
Desire to learn new skills that stretch you
Knowledge of Spanish, Hmong, Somali or another language used by a large population of Minnesotans
Reporting to this Position: None
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to manage some work outside of standard office hours as needed.
Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
Required to move about in the community
Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
Moderate noise level
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.
The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities. We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences.
APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture,... entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism.