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NPR hiring correspondent for blog on race, ethnicity and culture


A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

This position could be based in DC or Los Angeles.

As the lead voice and daily writer of NPR’s blog on race, ethnicity and culture, this correspondent will craft a distinctive digital identity. The blogger will produce a daily mix of original and curated material, capturing the zeitgeist of national conversations on race, ethnicity and culture with speed, verve and substance. The correspondent may appear regularly in podcasts and on air to discuss stories and issues unfolding on the blog. Together with a team of reporters, producers and editors, this blogger will own the digital conversation on race and ethnicity in this country in a compelling and thought-provoking style.
Essential Duties Include:
Posts daily for NPR.org’s race, ethnicity and culture blog, comfortably writing with voice, nuance and curiosity.
Consistently and enthusiastically engages with readers and the NPR community in comment threads and other social media venues.
Joins or hosts conversations on air and in podcasts that touch on issues of race, ethnicity and culture.
Engages with news events as they happen, leading attention and conversation on the issues of the day.
Monitors stories and interviews from NPR shows as well as other content on this topic.
Fields contributions from others at NPR, including show hosts, correspondents, reporters, producers and editors.
Coordinates with Digital News editors about developing stories, aligning the blog with the rest of the site.
Works with other bloggers and colleagues in Digital News and Digital Media to provide input on editorial, style, technical and design issues that affect NPR’s journalistic integrity and online productivity.
Ensures that all materials produced for NPR.org meet NPR program standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in journalism and national affairs.

Required Skills:
At least six years’ experience in journalism.
At least four years’ experience reporting or editing national or international news.
Excellence in analysis and criticism.
Demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing for the Web and for blogs.
Demonstrated excellence in news judgment.
Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of online journalism – reporting, writing, editing, photography, Web publishing tools and social media.
Demonstrated expertise in and passion for covering a variety of cultures/languages.
Demonstrated familiarity with NPR’s programs, website and other online outlets.
Ability to aggressively set a coverage and style agenda.
Ability to solicit and edit work from other contributors to the blog.
Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under tight deadlines and changing priorities/conditions.
Demonstrated, up-to-date understanding of digital concepts and blogging best practices.
Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.
Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Must be able to report breaking stories.
Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
Preferred Skills:
Experience covering a variety of beats.
Broadcast experience.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

by teru kuwayama at 2012-08-12 17:05:17 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Wow you know I wish I lived in America… the opportunities that are available are just amazing…I wonder if NPR would consider an international blog one day….

by lisa hogben | 13 Aug 2012 23:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
I could always move if anyone wanted me!

by lisa hogben | 16 Aug 2012 01:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Oh you doll, we US dudes would be after you so quick……. :-)

by Neal Jackson | 16 Aug 2012 23:08 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Hahahaha…Neal and cohorts beware! Hurricane Hoggy may well just show up at an airport near you!

Sounds like I would definitely do better in America than I am doing here…Pfft Aussie men!

by lisa hogben | 17 Aug 2012 06:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→

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