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Community Engagement Reporter
Company: Michigan Radio, University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/07/2021
Expire Date: 07/07/2021
Job Categories: Broadcasting/Public Communications
Job Description
Community Engagement Reporter
Michigan Radio-University of Michigan
Michigan Radio, NPR's largest member station in the state, is looking for a Detroit-based community engagement reporter to join our news team. You will report to the News Director.
You will serve Detroit residents whose news and information needs are not well represented. You will partner with neighborhood groups, block clubs, and organizations on stories Detroiters want told -- enlisting their participation in our storytelling process and reporting stories in service to these communities. This reporter will work with other passionate journalists and editors who have produced projects like the Peabody-winning podcast Believed, and nationally recognized coverage of the Flint water crisis.
We're looking for a reporter who will:
• Pitch reporting projects that are inclusive of the community, benefit the community, and engage diverse audiences in long-form audio and online formats
• Find the most effective ways to communicate with residents, and developing systems for maintaining those relationships
• Listen to and understanding community concerns, and reporting stories that result from that community outreach and engagement
• Participate in community/neighborhood discussions, online and through in-person events, and maintaining those relationships
• Follow up on reporting with additional stories based on community feedback to coverage
We’re looking for a reporter who:
• Is curious and experienced at listening and summarizing information
• Has demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues and diverse communities
• Is organized and will communicate on a regular basis with editors and other colleagues
• Has demonstrated an ability to be creative with outreach and communication
• Is a clear and focused writer. Bonus if you are comfortable working in a variety of platforms (broadcast, digital, podcast, photography, and other treatments) to tell those stories.
• Has demonstrated storytelling capabilities and who can find and write their own enterprising stories.
• Enjoys working with our audience and potential audiences, and participates in station and community events.
• Will perform all responsibilities in a manner consistent with Michigan Radio's high journalistic standards to ensure that accuracy and fairness are central characteristics of all content produced.
• Can occasionally work nights and weekends

Salary: $50,000 -$60,000 depending on experience

Required Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience is required.
Benefits at the University of Michigan:
In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:
• Generous time off
• Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
• Life insurance
• Long-term disability coverage
• Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Application Deadline:

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Michigan Radio EEO Statement:
Michigan Radio is committed to attracting and retaining a creative workforce filled with varied perspectives and experiences to enhance and continue our mission of producing trusted content to grow a diverse community of listeners.
We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for people from all backgrounds, identities and ages.
University of Michigan EEO/AA Statement:
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer.

How To Apply:
Apply online at https://careers.umich.edu Enter 197608 in the Keyword.
Follow online application instructions. Please upload a cover letter and resume. You may also see this posting at www.michiganradio.org

Qualifications & Requirements
You should apply if you:
• Have experience organizing communities and activating people around civic issues, either digitally or in real life
• Have a passion for public radio journalism and experience writing and reporting on deadline
• Have journalism experience, especially involving stories that shed light on injustices or covering marginalized communities.
• Enjoy working with and analyzing data
• Have experience setting and meeting audience engagement goals
• Are organized and ready to jump into a fast-paced, collaborative newsroom
• Knowledge of Detroit and its neighborhoods is a plus

If you lack many of these requirements, but are passionate about this type of position and believe you can do a great job, please apply. We want to hear from you.
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