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Multimedia Journalist

WNIT Public Television seeks a Multimedia Journalist specializing in education reporting for a weekly magazine-style program. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or field related to content specialty preferred. Proficiency in Spanish a plus. Will consider both full and part-time applicants for this position; please specify on your cover letter. Full description of qualifications and duties are below.

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and a link to or sample of your work to: WNIT Public Television, Attn: MMJ Search Committee, PO Box 7034, South Bend, IN 46634-7034 or email maupperle@wnit.org. Please mention where you saw this position posted. EOE

Position Summary

The Multimedia Journalist (“MMJ”) researches information, gathers it, organizes it to write and overall create story/program content using a palette of audio/video/computer equipment for delivery to a variety of distribution platforms. Consistently meets daily deadlines as well as ethical, technical, legal and aesthetic standards. The MMJ may specialize in a specific content area, further described as an addendum, specifying additional attributes, responsibilities and requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Gather and verify information regarding content through research, interviews, and observation.
  • Organize gathered information, determine journalistic approach, and write scripts according to prescribed editorial standards.
  • Perform as an on-camera reporter
  • Operate video, audio, and computer production equipment in a competent and artistic manner.
  • Create engaging finished reports/documentaries from the gathered materials suitable for distribution to web, broadcast television, radio and newspaper.
  • Serve as a back-up producer.
  • Assist with other company responsibilities when assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Highly skilled writer, reporter, and multimedia equipment operator.
  • Dynamic on-camera presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional appearance for contact with community representatives.
  • Proactive, “can-do” attitude.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, ability to perform congenially in deadline-driven environment.
  • Able to work collaboratively with a team or independently, as needed
  • Ability to work irregular and long hours.
  • Strong attention to quality, information depth, accuracy, detail, and balanced content
  • Skilled at making complex topics understandable to general public
  • Adherence to journalism, ethics and best practice standards (SPJ Code of Ethics/RTDNA Code of Ethics)
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of WNIT and the role of public media in a changing journalistic environment

Education:

  • Bachelor degree in journalism, communications, or field related to content specialty.
  • High school diploma with additional certification and sufficient experience considered.

Skills and Experience:

  • For college graduates, strong and credible MMJ internship. Additional experience desirable.
  • For non-college graduates, 2 years broadcast field production experience, with additional certification in journalism skills.
  • For all, compelling writer and storyteller.
  • For all, high degree of technical and artistic skill operating video cameras and auxiliary equipment, ability of operate audio equipment, solid skills operating non-linear editing systems with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software particularly Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects, computer literate with exceptional skills managing and posting content to websites.
  • Ability to participate in social media associated with WNIT (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others).
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, proof of insurability
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish languages desired

Classification: Full-time or Part-time, Non-Exempt.

WNIT Television – Multimedia Journalist

Content Specialty Addendum

Education Reporter

All responsibilities, traits, and skills associated with a Multimedia Journalist. In addition…

  • Primary assignment to the weekly program, EducationCounts_Michiana.
  • Strong familiarity, background and passion for education matters. Provide reporting expertise on education system core issues and public / private learning opportunities.
  • Cover topics involving early childhood, K-12, vocational education, adult education, career education, higher education and learning into retirement.
  • Propose relevant story topics, weekly, to producer in collaboration with whole production team.
  • Focus stories on topics of importance and relevance to regional audience in Indiana and Michigan, and on subject matter and editorial direction provided by program’s advisory group(s).
  • Investigate assigned topics, attend events, and research activities within the field of education.
  • Create multimedia content for internet sites, radio and television broadcasting, newspaper articles, social media, or a combination of such media.
  • On average, complete two (2) reporting packages (research, report, film, and edit) per week.
  • May need to utilize personal vehicle for transportation to assignments, for which an expense reimbursement will be provided.