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Senior Reporter & Correspondent

KUT Radio

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Name: Ben Philpott

Job Description

General Notes

KUT is looking for a reporter to cover issues of equity in the criminal and justice systems in Central Texas. This will include a focus on topics like local policing strategies, sentencing inequity, bail reform and efforts to change how law enforcement operates.

This individual will be expected to use sources from the community to help drive coverage. That includes listening to and understanding community concerns and reporting stories that result from community outreach and engagement.

Applicants must have demonstrated ability to work well within a team and uphold and further KUT's mission to provide a diverse, equitable, accessible and inclusive workplace, and cover a diverse community.

Responsibilities

  • Report local news, including newscast spots, feature stories and live interviews aired during daily programming on KUT, with a focus on creative, original enterprise reporting and analysis, for KUT's on-air and online platforms. Ensures that all content produced meets KUT standards of accuracy, fairness, and balance. Actively incorporate diverse perspectives and voices into the editorial process. Identify omissions in our coverage and suggest ways to mitigate them.

  • Develop deep knowledge of a designated beat. Plan collaboratively with editors to identify story lines on that beat to follow. Develop and maintain contacts on designated beat.

  • Organize and manage special projects and participate in audience outreach efforts that may include but are not limited to--hosting live news-focused events; hosting neighborhood conversations; speaking to civic groups about public media's journalistic role in the community.

  • Report news for state and national programming as appropriate; participate in newsroom editorial and planning meetings; participate in group editing sessions; provide editing for broadcast and digital stories as assigned.

  • Develop new treatments for local news products, including podcasts, multimedia storytelling and live, in-person content presentations.

  • Participate in on-air fundraising and make special public appearances as assigned; serve as on-call talent for special coverage during emergencies.

  • Supervise one or more interns and other staff as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in any field.  Three years of professional experience reporting news. Experience meeting strict deadlines and reporting under strict time limits. Knowledge of the operations of public radio local and national news. Must be able to multi-task. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Radio/Television/Film, Communications, Journalism or related field. At least five years full-time broadcast reporting and/or production experience in radio or news programming. Demonstrated ability to conceptualize news coverage for broadcast and digital in creative or innovative ways. Superior production skills including demonstrated ability to use Adobe Audition. Spanish speaking skills.

Salary Range

$55,000- $70,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

Lift and move standard office files and supplies. Various conditions for reporting in the field. Work hours may include occasional evenings, weekends and some holidays during peak periods to meet deadlines.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

  • Examples of radio and digital work.

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.