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Reporting Fellow, Guns & America (14737)

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Date: May 7, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University

Summary/Objective

WAMU seeks an exceptionally creative, ambitious Reporting Fellow to work in the WAMU newsroom as part of Guns & America, a groundbreaking new collaborative reporting project focused on the role of guns in American life. The Reporting Fellow will participate as a member of the inaugural cohort of the two-year Audion Fellowship. This first-of-its-kind professional development opportunity for early- to mid-career journalists designed to grow and strengthen public media’s pool of talented, cross-platform journalists.

 

The Audion Fellow at WAMU will build a new beat on the many ways we in the D.C. region interact with guns, creating empathetic, surprising journalism about this divisive issue. As one of 10 Audion Fellows reporting for the Guns & America collaborative from partner stations across the U.S, the WAMU Fellow will be employed by WAMU and will work every day with the Guns & America editing team. As a member of the WAMU newsroom, the Fellow will also work with WAMU newsroom leadership.

 

In addition to a full-time salary and benefits, the highly competitive Audion Fellowship offers cutting-edge training on digital innovation, investigative reporting techniques and audio storytelling. Fellows will also come together for twice-yearly, week-long professional development seminars, to be held in various cities throughout the country. Because of the full commitment required to fulfill the responsibilities of this position, Fellows may not be employed elsewhere or engaged in full-time study outside of training offered under the terms of the Audion Fellowship and Partner Station hiring agreements.

 

This position is grant-funded for a term of 24 months, continuation of the position is contingent upon external funding

Work Environment

  • The Reporting Fellow reports directly to WAMU’s News Director

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35-Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • At least three years of professional journalism experience, exemplary journalistic ethics, and proven research, writing, and reporting skills
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Ability to participate in professional development opportunities organized by WAMU
  • Experience building a beat, developing topical expertise and bringing a fresh perspective to vital issues, prioritizing impact
  • Willingness to experiment with storytelling methods and to adapt to changing platforms and audience needs
  • Agility to shift journalistic modes quickly and nimbly: from deadline reporting to developing explainers; from deep investigative work to producing live events
  • Ability to work within a diverse team with varying perspectives, ideas and life experience
  • Experience building audiences and communities online, and using connections made within an online community for reporting
  • A commitment to cooperation, teamwork, curiosity, and diversity
  • Ability to participate in professional development opportunities organized by WAMU

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Graduate degree in journalism or related field
  • Knowledge of the D.C. region
  • Experience with one or more of the following: multimedia production, particularly photo or video; hands-on audio editing and innovative audio storytelling; working with one or more content management systems; other relevant technical expertise

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • There is an application process for this position. Applying for this position requires the submission of:
    • A resume
    • A cover letter
    • Three examples of your best recent work (preferably one example of work with audio)
    • A personal statement explaining why the fellowship interests you and why you should be selected by this station (500 words or less). We are especially interested in learning the following:
      • Why do you want to be a part of Guns & America?
      • What skills would you most like to develop and how would this fellowship help you achieve these goals? 
      • What do you feel is lacking in media coverage of gun-related stories?
      • Is there anything that you would like us to know that is not covered in any other part of your application?
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check

 

NOTE: IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION, YOU WILL FIND A DESIGNATED SECTION TO UPLOAD YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER.  THE SAME SECTION ALLOWS YOU TO UPLOAD ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS.  PLEASE USE THE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS SECTION TO UPLOAD YOUR WORK SAMPLES AND PERSONAL STATEMENT. 


 

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