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News Reporter: General Assignments & Education

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To receive full consideration, please apply by August 24, 2017.

Position Information

Position Details

Posting Number 17-00200-UP/FA Post
Position Title News Reporter: General Assignments & Education
Position Number 998708
Full-Time/Part-Time? Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities

Produce feature-length news reports, newscast spots and other news programming as assigned for broadcast and social media for KMUW and the Kansas News Service. Provide specific education-beat coverage for Wichita and Kansas through the collaborative statewide public radio initiative funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Participate in news planning meetings, generation of story ideas and evaluation of broadcast and online content. Collaborate with the Engagement team on news initiatives and community ascertainment. Assist station staff with community outreach events and other initiatives.

Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree
Minimum Experience
  • Successful experience producing spot news, complex audio news features and content for online distribution.
  • Successful experience using broadcast, production and field recording equipment.
  • Successful experience using current audio editing software, such as Adobe Audition.
  • Excellent computer skills including AP Newsdesk (or similar software) and content management systems.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills, with an intelligible speaking voice.
  • Excellent and creative interviewing and copy writing skills appropriate for public radio broadcast news reports.
  • Excellent and creative news copy writing skills appropriate for generating digital content for online distribution and social media.
  • Ability to incorporate editing changes and collaborate with supervisor and statewide news collaborative to continually improve the quality of broadcast and online content.
  • Ability to appropriately use social media for delivery and awareness of news.
  • Working knowledge of digital photography and photojournalism.
  • Understanding of and commitment to digital platforms for content delivery.
  • Must be able to successfully meet production, broadcast and online posting deadlines, while having the capacity to flex with the ever-changing news cycle and the ability to report breaking and fast turnaround stories.
  • Must actively participate in generation of story ideas and evaluation of broadcast and online content.
  • Must be capable of meeting daily and weekly deadlines and to work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Awareness, understanding and ability to implement the core values of public radio.
Required Licenses, Certificates & Registrations
  • Valid Driver’s License for travel.
Additional Information

All employees of Wichita State University are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission and Values and foster an environment of diversity in culture, thought and experience.

Location WSU Old Town

Salary Information

Proposed Salary or Hourly Rate Commensurate with experience.
Benefits Eligible? Yes

Position Description Information

Preferred Education
Preferred Experience
Regular Hours of Work M-F 8-5 with the exception of when a news story needs to be covered or interview conducted before or after typical hours, which could happen often. Evening and weekend work may be required for specific projects and station activities.
Environmental Factors

Travel away from the station is required to cover assigned news stories. A portion of the job is spent in an office environment and broadcast studio with standard lighting and temperature settings. Assignments will require extensive recording in the field where extended walking, climbing, standing and crouching may be necessary. Field recording may be in agricultural and industrial settings and places of high traffic, etc. There will be extensive use of a computer keyboard, mouse and audio board. Headphones are used in the field and in broadcast studios.

Proposed Job Duties

Responsibility / Duty

Report feature news stories as assigned in the areas of General Assignments and Education.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 50
Responsibility / Duty

Provide spot and breaking news stories as assigned.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 30
Responsibility / Duty

Produce/curate news content for web delivery.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 10
Responsibility / Duty

Assist news staff in story planning and evaluation; assist station staff with community events and other initiatives.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 10

Physical Demands

Physical Requirements - Physical Activity

Activity Walking
Frequency Daily
Activity Running
Frequency Periodically
Activity Jumping
Frequency Periodically
Activity Standing
Frequency Daily
Activity Vocal Ability
Frequency Daily
Activity Grasping
Frequency Daily
Activity Reaching
Frequency Daily
Activity Vision - Straight Ahead
Frequency Daily
Activity Vision - Peripheral
Frequency Daily
Activity Vision - Color
Frequency Daily
Activity Stooping
Frequency Daily
Activity Visual Acuity - Far
Frequency Daily
Activity Visual Acuity - Near
Frequency Daily
Activity Handling/Feeling
Frequency Daily
Activity Repetitive Movement
Frequency Daily
Activity Hearing
Frequency Daily
Activity Sitting
Frequency Daily

Physical Requirements - Weight Activity

Activity (weight) Lifting
Frequency Daily

Up to 10 pounds.

Other Physical Requirements

Other Physical Requirements
Explain Physical Job Requirements

Employee will need to be able to manipulate a computer, an audio board, speak clearly, listen to audio files, read copy and sit or stand for the amount of time it takes to produce content. Employee must be able to travel from KMUW studios to locations in and around Wichita. The employee will be reimbursed for travel and other applicable expenses according to the appropriate policies of the state of Kansas and Wichita State University.


Requisition Details



Posting date 07/28/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Proposed Start Date 09/18/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

To receive full consideration, please apply by August 24, 2017.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Business publication or website
    • Education publication or website
    • Engineering publication or website
    • Fine Arts publication or website
    • Health Professions publication or website
    • Liberal Arts & Science publication or website
    • Veterans publication or website
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Community Voice
    • Insight into Diversity
    • Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Wichita Eagle
    • WSU Employee
    • Handshake
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * I have experience producing spot news, complex audio news features and content for online distribution.
    • True
    • False
  4. * I have experience using broadcast, production and field recording equipment.
    • True
    • False
  5. * I have a valid Driver’s License.
    • True
    • False

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Media URL
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Portfolio URL
  4. Other Document 1
  5. Other Document 2
  6. Transcript
  7. References
  8. Letter of Recommendation 3