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Reporter, Prince George's and Montgomery Counties (III) (17294)

Date: May 6, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.


Reporters in WAMU’s newsroom help carry out our regional news initiatives across broadcast and digital platforms. In consultation with newsroom editors, reporters develop sources and shape their assigned beats. Coverage will include breaking news, day turn stories, explainers, two-ways, features and other enterprise work for both audio and the 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, accurately and with a distinctive and appealing style. In addition to beat coverage, all reporters will maintain regular breaking news shifts. 

This reporter focuses primarily on the two biggest Maryland counties in our region, playing a leading role in coverage of these communities’ politics, education, and other news. They will have an eye on state politics, with coverage of Annapolis that specifically focuses on the ways that it intersects with our region. The reporter will also cover regional news and other Maryland counties, as needed. The role requires a reporter who is particularly adept at prioritization and has a keen eye for the stories that will engage and appeal to residents of the Maryland suburbs.  

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 two breaking news shifts per month.
  • 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.

Work Environment

  • This position is considered essential staff.
  • Occasional weekend, evening hours required.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Project Leader/Advisor A
  • Non-Exempt
  • This position is union eligible

Salary Range

  • Minimum pay rate is $68,500 per year annually; additional compensation commensurate with experience. 

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Top-notch writing and reporting skills.
  • Sharp interview skills.
  • Journalistic agility, or the ability to shift comfortably between writing radio scripts, online news articles, explainers, short and longer pieces.
  • 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.


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


  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC