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Federal Policy Reporter

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc, Washington, DC USA

Our MISSION: to Inform, Educate and Inspire CT

Salary: Competitive with benefits

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time


The Washington DC-based Federal Reporter works jointly with two of the states most respected nonprofit media outlets: The Connecticut Mirror and Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc., fill a much-needed vacancy in the state’s journalism landscape. This multi-platform reporter, will produce stories that examine the impact of federal legislation on the residents of Connecticut, with a particular emphasis on economic sectors that are critical to the state, such as defense, health care and financial services, as well as high-disparity topics like education, housing and justice. The reporter will also cover the state’s congressional delegation, monitor federal agencies, and work with Connecticut-based reporters at both outlets to drive or augment coverage as warranted.

Our reporter is committed to producing and presenting trusted, unbiased, independent local journalism, delivering content across media platforms so that we meet our audiences where they are – providing news when, where, and how they want to consume it. We are committed to high-quality information that reflects the diversity of our audiences across the entire state, with original reporting that tells stories people won't find anywhere else.

General Summary

This multi-platform reporter, will produce stories that examine the impact of federal legislation on the residents of Connecticut, with a particular emphasis on economic sectors that are critical to the state, such as defense, health care and financial services, as well as high-disparity topics like education, housing and justice. The reporter will also cover the state’s congressional delegation, monitor federal agencies, and work with Connecticut-based reporters at both outlets to drive or augment coverage as warranted.

Essential Functions

The Federal Policy Reporter provides a wide range of services. Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:

  • Produce long-form narrative journalism.
  • Covers the federal policy/politics beat from Washington D.C., but with an eye and focus towards Connecticut impact.
  • Possesses a talent for connecting government or system failures to human consequences.
  • Works with the CT Mirror’s Executive Editor and CT Public’s Executive Editor on long-term planning to develop federal policy and politics news goals across all platforms and keep a pipeline of stories flowing.
  • Focuses on significant topics that support the overall direction of Connecticut news that meets standards for journalistic excellence and includes a compliment of diverse voices in reporting.
  • Researches, writes, reports, edits, and voices a wide variety of stories and series for radio, print, online, and social media.
    Works with outside news organizations on collaborative projects.
  • Prioritizes more in-depth, nuanced stories over the “story of the day” out of Washington.
  • Audio reporting and on-air skills to report, voice and edit reports.
  • Seeks opportunities to produce quick-turn deep reporting on breaking news situations.
  • Records and edits audio; produces and mixes content using audio equipment and digital editing software and compiles and edits material necessary for production.
  • Plans for special coverage opportunities on major upcoming news events.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Responsibilities

The Federal Policy Reporter has many responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Anticipates special news events (and major stories) and creates plan for coverage.
  • Works with public affairs talk show Where We Live host and producers for regular debriefs and produced conversations.
  • Engages in social media and conversations with a CT audience.
  • Follows CT Mirror and CT Public ethics guidelines.
  • Contributes to CT Public talk shows and CT Mirror/CT Public visuals journalism.
  • Considers creative ways to tell stories on radio, television and digital platforms.
  • Adapts to multiplatform narrative journalism, including the written word and narrative audio.
  • Other duties as assigned, including fundraising activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Mission and purpose of the CT Mirror and CT Public.
  • AP and NPR style.
  • Libel laws and experienced in working with legal teams.
  • News judgement and an understanding of how to write for radio about state and New England regional issues and current events.
  • Editing and news tools, including Word, Audition, Premiere and Newsboss.
  • Open records requests, data reporting, and data analysis.
  • Navigating complex organizations and making the right connections to drive work forward, while anticipating potential shifts in work.
  • Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Smartsheets and Outlook.

Skill In:

  • Principles of narrative journalism, and long-form narrative storytelling in multiple formats.
  • The nonprofit model and our collaborative ethos.
  • Impeccable news judgment and outstanding writing and editing skills.
  • Audio reporting with impact and the courage to take on difficult subjects.
  • A diverse sense of storytelling in words, images and video.
  • Balancing daily work with longer-lead projects.
  • Operating with a steely and unshakable sense of journalistic ethics.
  • Embracing and encouraging the use of new techniques and technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate across the newsroom.
  • Leading large complex projects, working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously.
  • Attentional-to-detail, scheduling, and strong organizational skills.
  • Exceptional editing skills across all platforms with a demonstrated interest in sound-rich storytelling.
  • Advanced techniques and news tools that support reporting, including Word, Excel, Audition, and Digital editing apps.
  • Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Smartsheets and Outlook.

Ability to:

  • Maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards balance, fairness and accuracy to CT Mirror, CT Public and NPR in order to produce regional and national-quality broadcasting.
  • Take creative direction/feedback from a supervisor or colleague.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with staff at both CT Public and the CT mirror, including editors and producers in environments that include geographically-separated and remote offices.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations.
  • Possess initiative and self-motivation, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Define problems, collect data, and establish facts in order to draw valid conclusions as a change agent.
  • Work in a collegial, supportive, highly team-oriented environment, yet possess initiative, self-motivation and work with minimal supervision.
  • Adjust on the fly during interviews.
  • Adapt, be audience focused and possess a curious mindset with a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.
  • Embrace and encourage the use of new techniques and technologies.
  • Be unwilling to settle for “the now” and pushes forward for internal change in reporting.
  • Possess a visceral distaste for office politics and gossip.

Work Environment
The Federal Policy Reporter is based out of Washington DC, an employee of the CT Mirror, but works dually with the CT Mirror and CT Public. We expect this position to work in a combination of remote, general office, or field work, which at times, may be performed in extreme outdoor temperatures. Travel is required on a regular basis, both in, and out, of state.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The physical activities of this position may include frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks. Must have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing reports and writing stories, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, or extensive reading. High stress environment with deadline pressures. Additionally, the employee must have the ability to concentrate for extended periods with frequent interruption, understand, and relate, to the concepts behind specific ideas. The typical physical requirements are: Camera operation, hauling camera equipment, computer and editing machine(s), and transporting of equipment weighing up to 60 lbs. May include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion. These physical demands, with or without reasonable accommodations, are required to perform the essential functions of this job.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position. Days and hours of work vary, but often run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. reporters should expect non-standard working hours akin to evening, weekend, and holiday support depending on the operational tempo.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Broadcasting, or other closely relatable field AND a minimum of eight (8) years’ direct and sustained professional reporting experience, both in radio and print, some of which was spent covering federal politics and policy, AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc

Connecticut Public is Connecticut’s only state-wide, community-supported public media service. We are a member station of national public media services PBS and NPR, and parent company for three television stations: Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); CPTV Spirit; and PBS Kids 24/7; and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). We serve one million people each month through our television, radio and digital platforms.

Our MISSION: to Inform, Educate and Inspire CT

We will inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, connecting and empowering them through outstanding journalism, storytelling, education and experiences, to make our state a more extraordinary place to live, work and play.

Our VISION: Connecting our CT Communities

To be an essential source for truth and ideas that connects the citizens of Connecticut to their communities and to the world.

WHO Connecticut Public SERVES

As public media we have a responsibility to serve everyone, to welcome everyone. In our storytelling; through our local CT news, regional New England news, and national news services; within our television and radio programming content; through our outreach programs and partnerships across Connecticut; our goal is to ensure that our communities see themselves reflected and represented in Connecticut Public’s public media services.

WHAT WE DO: Local CT News, Shows, Podcasts and More

In addition to delivering highly trusted PBS and NPR programming, Connecticut Public also produces award-winning local news, public affairs and entertainment programming that covers the issues and ideas most relevant to the residents of Connecticut, and beyond. Original productions include television documentaries, public affairs programs and arts-and-culture series. Our local radio talk shows/podcasts include Where We Live hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil, The Colin McEnroe Show, Disrupted with Khalilah Brown-Dean, Audaciouswith Chion Wolf, and Seasoned with hosts Chef Plum and Marysol Castro. Connecticut Public television has produced and presented several national public TV programs for PBS. Our national shows have included Infinity Hall Live, The Kate, Living with Parkinsons, 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, and FAKE: Searching for Truth in the Age of Misinformation.

Our multiple media platforms include over-the-air, cable TV and live-streaming television, over-the-air and digital live streaming radio, podcasts, websites, social media, mobile apps, email newsletters, and the Passport video-on-demand service with an extensive PBS library of programs for members. A print edition of our monthly schedule and guide, What’s ON!, appears in each edition of Connecticut Magazine. Through special events, both online and in-person, we engage audiences of wide-ranging ages, origins and interests.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is also the sole owner of the for-profit MediaVision Creative agency located in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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