Sharing America Reporter St. Louis Public Radio


Application Deadline: Friday, December 21, 2018


Do you think, breathe and even dream about diversity? Are you fascinated, even obsessed with how demographic changes are shaping the nation? Do you find reasons to celebrate the progress and possibility of a multicultural society?

Do you think journalists could do a much better job of covering a diverse America?

If so, we invite you to meet us at the intersection of race, identity and culture.

St. Louis Public Radio is looking for a reporter to join a five-person team of journalists tasked with telling stories that reflect the diversity of issues, people and perspectives important to the region and to the nation. Funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the reporter will be part of Sharing America, an initiative that grew out of the recognition that intentionally adding diversity to the public radio system will improve the integrity of our journalism.

The St. Louis-based reporter will join reporters in Hartford; Portland, Oregon; and Kansas City and report to the Sharing America editor, also based in St. Louis.

Being a part of this reporting project will give you the opportunity to report on issues that are specific to the region as well as those that affect the entire country. You’ll have the opportunity to file for NPR and to create stories for multiple media platforms.

Duties include:

  • Research, report, write radio and digital stories related to race, identity and culture;
  • Build sources, develop story ideas and work with the editor both for assigned stories as well as to craft news stories for both the daily news cycle and for more in-depth long-form stories;
  • Serve as a resource for station talk show, including identifying sources and opportunities for additional coverage, conducting two-ways and interviews, and appearing as a guest.

Qualifications / Requirements

The ideal candidate should have at least three years of reporting experience and be open to working with an innovative, experimental and collaborative team. Radio experience is not necessary, but a passion for audio storytelling and the mission of public media is essential. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

You can find out more about Sharing America and see the stories we’ve covered so far on our website.

Application Instructions:

St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In order to be considered for this position, you must visit UMSL's employment site and complete an online application. Job ID: 28527. As part of your cover letter, please pitch at least two stories that align with your definition of diversity. Also, please provide at least three samples of your work.