MTPR Is Hiring A Flathead Valley Reporter

Mar 11, 2019

Montana Public Radio is now hiring a Flathead Valley reporter. Do you have experience in radio news and believe in the value of public media? Read on.

The Broadcast Media Center KUFM invites applications for the Flathead Valley Reporter (Media Programmer). This position is under the supervision of the Montana Public Radio (MTPR) News Director, and will work in coordination with MTPR headquarters in Missoula and MTPR’s Helena bureau. This position must uphold public radio journalism standards and practices and be able to operate digital audio field equipment and cameras, digital audio editing software, and internet content delivery platforms; research, generate and pitch news coverage ideas and be responsible for all aspects of news gathering and production.

This position is responsible for filing radio spots and features and generating web content, primarily from Lake and Flathead counties; adhering to highest journalism standards and practices; performing daily news research using the internet, newspapers and other news sources; and pitching news coverage ideas to MTPR’s News Director. This position will arrange and conduct interviews; log, and edit audio and write scripts; create final audio mixes; and upload audio, video, and text content to our website, podcasting platforms and social media platforms.

This position also offers opportunities to file from Glacier National Park and two Indian Reservations, produce podcast content and pursue professional development opportunities. May be required to represent MTPR at professional and public events.

Required Skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of journalism standards of balance, fairness and fact checking.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of recording, microphones, camera and other video equipment.
  • Excellent communication, writing, interviewing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently within assigned parameters.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of language and pronunciation of names and words.
  • Ability to perform under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to adapt quickly and professionally when breaking news interrupts the daily routine.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of web content management systems and protocols.
  • Knowledge of capabilities and methods of interactive social media.
  • Ability to edit audio and use web-based social media platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability in gathering and reporting radio news.

Minimum Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, political science or related fields and at least two (2) years of experience in a reporting role, preferably in public radio or television or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

About the Montana Public Radio

Montana Public Radio enriches the mind and spirit, inspires a lifetime of learning, and connects communities through access to exceptional programming.

The Broadcast Media Center houses KUFM-TV and KUFM Radio. Both are 24-hour-a-day, professionally staffed, CPB-qualified stations, broadcasting as a public service of UM-Missoula. Both stations extend educational and culturally enriching programming: in radio to western and north central Montana, and statewide in television through Montana PBS, a collaborative service of UM and MSU. The Center provides broadcast-quality video and audio production for campus departments on all The University of Montana campuses, as well as national, state and local government agencies. Several BMC staff members hold adjunct professorships with R-TV.

Position Details

Position Title: Flathead Valley Reporter (Media Programmer)

Position Number: 061870

Department: Broadcast Media Center

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), 12 months/year.

Salary: $18.216/hr – Current employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and may be different from the posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department.

Union Affiliation: Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE)

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include: Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button here.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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