Multimedia Journalist - Investigative

Confidential Company, Seattle, WA USA

Cascade Public Media is hiring!

Salary: Hourly Rate: $29.33-$31.25

Duration: Full-Time

The Multimedia Journalist is an established journalism professional with on-air reporting experience, ideally in public-interest reporting, as well as a talent for visual storytelling and demonstrated skills in writing/reporting and video production. They will work directly with the Investigations Editor and Investigative Reporters to produce compelling short-form video coverage for Crosscut’s online audience, as well as the broadcast and streaming audiences of our sister station, KCTS 9. The Multimedia Journalist will work independently and collaboratively with the team to expand the reach of our in-depth investigative coverage of federal pandemic recovery spending, workplace safety and oversight, and other issues.

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. Our organization serves a diverse community, in terms of ethnicity, class, culture, language, sexual orientation and disabilities and we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion amongst our staff population. We encourage everyone interested in this role to apply even if you don’t meet all of the requirements.

Hourly Rate: $29.33-$31.25

Proof of vaccination required for employment

Location: Seattle - Must live in WA State, hybrid schedule available

Duration: This position is funded through December 2024. Must live in Washington state and be able to make quarterly trips to the Seattle newsroom.

CPM offers competitive benefits to team members working 20 hours or more a week. Benefits include:

  • 11 paid holidays
  • 1 personal holiday
  • 4 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) to start
  • Half-day Fridays during Summer
  • Company-matched 401(k) Retirement Plan that is fully-vested immediately
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • $50 per month subsidy toward an ORCA card
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
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  • Work independently, as well as part of a team, to develop short-form video segments for Crosscut video products
  • Take part in collaborative team planning sessions to pitch stories and to identify stories that would benefit from a video treatment
  • Gather, or assist in gathering, and verify information for stories through interviews, observation and research; assemble and explain information accurately on all stories assigned
  • Conduct reporting on location as well as in the studio
  • Use narrative and explanatory reporting techniques to show viewers how government or private institutions are impacting Washington communities
  • Build community and business contacts related to the primary investigative projects in order to develop fresh leads for future stories
  • Manage pre-production planning and logistics
  • Work with Investigative Editor and Director of Videography to determine the content and focus of projects
  • Engage in ongoing survey of the digital and broadcast video landscape to inspire innovation
  • Upon request, may be asked to serve as a photographer in the field
  • Collect and manage media assets for video/multimedia projects
  • Contribute scripts and descriptive copy in support of the production and promotion of video products
  • Contribute written reportage as directed
  • Record voice-over narration
  • Appear on-camera for Crosscut video projects, relay primary reporting or introducing the reporting of a colleague
  • Upon request, act as video editor or work with internal/external editors, depending on the project
  • Assist editors with development of additional web assets and publishing video story pages
  • Coordinate additional media acquisition and rights
  • Organize and deliver relevant materials to Marketing & Communications and Digital publishing departments
  • Collaborate with graphic design department to build animation and other assets
  • Assist in training and supervising interns
  • Secure releases
  • Assist in media management and maintaining media asset archives
  • Adhere to the deadlines agreed upon with the Investigations Editor
  • Collaborate with other team members to foster a positive and productive culture and contribute toward the overall growth of the CPM
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Experience with Canon C100, C300, Canon 5D dSLR, Adobe CC/Premiere Pro strongly preferred
  • Ability to both self-generate creative projects and work with restrictions to meet very specific project/initiative needs
  • Production experience using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Experience with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and investigative reporting techniques preferred


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field or equivalent experience strongly preferred
  • Three years of video producing/multimedia/journalism experience; ability to produce text, video and digital content strongly preferred


  • Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
  • Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or reliable means of transportation to meet requirements of the job
  • Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds unassisted
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, holidays and in inclement weather

About Confidential Company

CPM's roots are in public broadcasting. KCTS Television went on-air in 1954 from the campus of the University of Washington. In 1970, KCTS 9 became part of the newly formed Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and has been providing the Northwest with trusted, quality programming for more than 50 years.

The station broadcasts throughout Western Washington and is retransmitted through many parts of Canada. In 1994, KCTS 9 and PBS member station KYVE 47 in Yakima merged, extending the organization's audience into Central Washington State.

In 2015, KCTS 9 announced a digital-first strategy, producing local content for multiple media platforms — online, mobile, social media, and broadcast — to expand its reach and service to audiences of all ages. Later that year, KCTS Television merged with Crosscut Public Media to form Cascade Public Media. In 2018, CPM opened Hive Media Lab and acquired Piranha Partners.

As media and technology continue to evolve, Cascade Public Media is evolving as well. We are committed to serving this region as the premiere local media organization for today and tomorrow. 

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