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Reporter, General Assignment, Evening (Reporter I) (17135)

Date: Jan 11, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University


Reporters in the WAMU/DCist newsroom help carry out our regional news initiatives across broadcast and digital platforms, in consultation with newsroom editors. The Reporter, General Assignment (Evening) will cover regional news across a variety of beats, including but not limited to politics, education, housing, health, and breaking stories. Coverage will include breaking news, day turn stories, two-ways and occasionally also features and enterprise work for both audio and web. The position requires curiosity, motivation, and a deep professional interest in local news. The Reporter should have strong editorial judgment and the ability to write quickly, clearly, and with a distinctive and appealing style. In addition to beat coverage, all reporters will maintain regular breaking news shifts. This individual will report to the Editor, Web-First Evening, and will work an evening schedule (11am-7pm).

Essential Functions

1. Report and write news stories online and on air:

  • Evaluate leads, monitor major news developments, and contribute story ideas, or receive assignments from an editor.
  • Determine a web and/or broadcast story's emphasis, length, and format and organize material accordingly.
  • Report both at a desk and in the field;
  • Collaborate with other reporters, as needed.
  • Write multiple web stories and broadcast/newscast pieces per week, and regularly contribute features and enterprise work.
  • Cover at least one breaking news shift per week.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.

2. Produce stories:

  • Produce web stories in WordPress, including finding images, writing headlines (with the help of an editor), and doing SEO work.
  • Write tweets and Facebook posts for stories, as needed.
  • Produce audio, utilizing field sound to create a sense of place and weaving appropriate sound bites together to paint a holistic portrait

3. Engage audiences:

  • Engage with reader questions and feedback on social media and in DCist’s comment section, when necessary and as time allows.
  • Participate in events, both internal and external, as a representative of the station and subject matter expert

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A
  • Non-Exempt
  • This position is covered by SAG-AFTRA

Salary Range

  • Typical Hiring Range is $70,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Top-notch writing and reporting skills
  • Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers, and both short and longer pieces
  • Sharp interview skills
  • Strong journalistic ethics
  • Experience building audience connections using social media and mining platforms for story ideas, angles, and sources
  • Willingness to try new storytelling methods, and adapt to changing platforms and audience needs
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Commitment to building and fostering an inclusive, encouraging, and diverse workplace
  • Creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Must be an effective and imaginative storyteller with a keen sense of how to shape content to suit different audiences--both on air (via local newscasts, live two-ways, feature stories, etc.) and online (via and social media platforms).
  • Must have a well-developed sense of how to create digital content that is compelling, sharable, visual, and impactful.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.


  • Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options


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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC