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Part-Time: Reporter, Weekends

Are you the kind of reporter who thrives on covering all facets of the news? Can you get immersed in the ins-and-outs of a local housing proposition one day and the next day, pivot to find an interesting angle for a breaking event?  

KQED is hiring a weekend reporter to cover all aspects of news, arts and life in the Bay Area. This Reporter I position is responsible for general assignment reporting, and will be relied on to bring strong journalistic judgement and curiosity to KQED’s weekend coverage.

The members of the small but mighty weekend team have a wide range of skills — this team can do a little of everything and tackle what needs to be done in order to get the news on air and online. There is tremendous opportunity to try out different roles and workshop creative ways to tell stories and inform audiences across platforms. 

Your main responsibility as a Weekend reporter will be to write and report stories for KQED Weekend newscasts and digital platforms. You will be one of two reporters on the team covering news for local audiences. And when big news breaks on the weekend – i.e. a wildfire – you will be KQED’s go-to reporter to inform national and international audiences across shows, networks and platforms.

Other responsibilities include reporting from the field, covering live events, writing scripts, interviewing people for on-air stories, writing and filing digital stories for and crafting editorial content to share with our audiences across engagement platforms and anywhere else text could possibly live online.

This position is 20 hours per week. 

The successful candidate will be required to join The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). 

One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growth, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

Essential Functions:           

1. Must have experience producing radio spots, cut and scripts and voicers for newscasts.

2. Must be comfortable with reporting in the field (i.e. recording interviews; capturing sounds at press conferences, live tweeting, going live on social media, etc.) and doing on-the-scene live interviews with the weekend anchor.

3. Writes, edits and publishes stories and a variety of editorial content to digital platforms — which can include audio, scripts, text stories, blog posts, social media, photographs, video, databases, graphics and more.

4. Must be able to cover breaking events like wildfires and have the ability, with advance notice when possible, to travel to cover that news.

5. Performs other essential duties as required such as peer-editing spots, voicers or text; helping gather tape for newscasts during breaking news situations; go live on a variety of mediums.

6. Must have a driver’s license.


Knowledge/Experience Required:

1. Minimum one year experience as a broadcast reporter or anchor. We will also consider a significant internship at a local radio station with strong daily news clips.

2. Ability to effectively communicate, interview and respond to a variety of individuals.

3. Strong writing, editing and reporting skills.

4. Ability to research and analyze news using a variety of methods and sources.

5. Ability to digest information quickly and get it on-air or online

6. Digital production and editing experience required.

7. Experience in writing and peer-editing copy and audio for radio and digital platforms.

8. Ability to work with a team and pivot to the needs of a newsroom. 


Knowledge/Experience Desired:

1. Ability to speak Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi or any of the languages spoken in large Bay Area communities

2. Ability to craft quick, accurate, engaging social media content to post across a variety of platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

3. Assume other duties as assigned


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.

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