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4 Year Degree
This position produces news and public affairs programs for distribution on multiple Montana PBS platforms. Under the direction of the Montana PBS News Director, and working cooperatively with the News and Public Affairs production team, this position will research, write and produce programs addressing current and cultural events, politics, the environment, economic, social and community issues across the state.
Montana PBS is expanding statewide coverage of news and public affairs. We seek dynamic journalists to help us tell the stories of Montana citizens and cover the most important issues within our communities. This position produces news and public affairs programs for distribution on multiple Montana PBS platforms. Under the direction of the Montana PBS News Director, and working cooperatively with the News and Public Affairs production team, this position will research, write and produce programs addressing current and cultural events, politics, the environment, economic, social and community issues across the state.
Duties and Responsibilities
Create and produce high quality news and public affairs programming with strict adherence to journalistic standards of balance and fairness.
Shoot, edit, write, produce and present video content using industry standard digital tools and software.
Exhibit the highest level of editorial independence and integrity, internal to the station, and to the public at large.
Support and work cooperatively with the Montana PBS News and Public Affairs production team, as well as the Education, Digital Engagement and Development departments.
Under limited supervision, manage complex broadcast and digital projects while collaborating with multiple team members.
Transport, operate and maintain video equipment to function at its optimum capacity.
Supervise and train student production employees/interns.
secondary duties assigned to this position:
Support general production activities of the station and other projects as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Demonstrated experience in broadcast television news as producer/director/reporter covering politics, news and public affairs.
Demonstrated ability to conduct thorough research and interviews, assess news and make editorial judgments.
Demonstrated on-camera presentation skills including live interviews and live shots.
Demonstrated operational skills of television production equipment, including cameras, audio and lighting gear.
Demonstrated working knowledge of video editing using a variety of industry standard tools and software.
Demonstrated knowledge of broadcasting technical specifications, including video and audio standards.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working and collaborating with others on a variety of digital and social media platforms.
Demonstrated ability to create visual and audio content employing editorial best practices and aesthetic innovation resulting in programs of the highest technical and creative quality.
Demonstrated experience in effective narrative storytelling using visual and digital media.
Bachelor’s degree in “broadcast” journalism.
Record of progressively responsible experience in broadcast television journalism.
Experience working for a public television station.
Demonstrated experience in reporting on Indigenous peoples and issues within tribal communities.
Relevant knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in, Montana history, environmental, economic, political and social issues.
Demonstrated excellence in videography, lighting, audio recording, editing and post-production techniques consistent with the high standards expected by public television audiences.
The Successful Candidate will have
The ability to work effectively alone and with a team, consistently exercising initiative and good judgment under minimal supervision.
Excellent in written, verbal and visual communications.
The ability to take initiative and have good judgment.
The ability to identify important news subjects and to explain the news to a broad audience in compelling ways.
The ability to effectively operate work-related equipment; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers in a team-oriented environment.
The ability to represent Montana PBS and its programs to the public in a professional and courteous manner.
Exhibit professional journalistic qualities earning the respect of peers in the industry as well as audiences.
Relevant knowledge of the mission and objectives of Montana PBS and an understanding of the station’s role in public service and outreach on behalf of Montana State University.
Must currently possess or be eligible to obtain a valid Montana driver’s license by start date in the position and possess an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points).
Work schedules may vary greatly, and are not necessarily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Production schedules may require work on evenings, nights and weekends. Remote productions may require significant travel.
Because Montana PBS is dedicated to increasing diversity in broadcasting, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. Montana PBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.