The WNYC / Gothamist Newsroom is looking for a curious, tenacious, analytical and ambitious reporter to cover one of the most challenging issues for people living in the New York City-New Jersey region: housing.
Where people find housing, what that housing looks like, what it costs one family vs. another, and who shares a home -- especially as people age -- are decisions shaped by a host of factors, ranging from government policies and family wealth, to job opportunities and an individual's personal ties to a community.
And the pandemic has added new dimensions, like a desire for housing that can accommodate remote work demands and offer a short commute.
The right candidate is a proven steady, creative reporter who has a strong understanding of this beat and is able to spot shifting trends. This reporter should have a clear-eyed approach to covering the real estate industry -- not as a mouthpiece, but as a watchdog -- and should be familiar with the region's neighborhoods and how they were impacted by the area’s immigration and transportation laws. The housing reporter should also recognize how different groups - like the elderly, disabled, or recent college graduates - make decisions about where they live, and why.
As a member of the Economics and Equity News Desk, this housing reporter will produce originally-sourced, well-researched, timely and compelling stories about individuals, families and children in the New York and New Jersey region who struggle to find stable housing. This reporter will use data and public documents as a foundation for building story lines and themes, and have a solid grasp of local, state and federal systems that govern housing in the region.
Reporting will be solutions- and audience-focused, and will include stories produced in audio and text formats. This reporter is both a watchdog and public servant, holding accountable elected officials, activists, nonprofits and public institutions while also giving residents access to vital information to access services.
- Conceive, source and pitch stories original news stories in both text and audio form that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate
- Balance a mix of daily deadline-driven news coverage while concurrently working on longer term enterprise and investigative stories
- Track state and federal-level legislation and data on housing? in the New York City region
- Monitor and report on the work of nonprofits that focus on communities in housing and solutions to ending cycles of housing instability and build sources among the region’s political delegations to enable coverage of local, state and federal policymaking on economic instability issues
- Develop sources that lead to scoops that our audiences can’t find elsewhere
- Produce balanced stories with politically unbiased language that eschew stereotypes and hold accountable both activists and policymakers
- Participate fully as a member of the Economics & Equity coverage team by contributing to coverage plans, meetings, brainstorming sessions, and newsroom projects
- Effectively coordinate with other editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across our platforms
- 5+ years covering a competitive beat for a daily news organization
- Familiarity with economic systems, housing policies and laws, business and industry strongly preferred
- Demonstrated skill at conceiving and producing news stories free of liberal or conservative bias or that border on activism
- An extensive track record of landing scoops and exclusive stories
- Strong grammar skills and writing that is clear and free of errors
- Experience making public records requests and writing stories based on those requests
- Solid news judgment -- the ability to spot and develop a story that will engage audiences
- Superb communication and organizational skills, the ability to multitask, and experience covering breaking news
- A sophisticated understanding of how existing systems and institutional structures work for or against different types of people. Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
- Familiarity or a willingness to learn audio journalism
- Familiarity with basic data sorting and searching skills
- The ability to work effectively with the public, including those on social media, as well as colleagues at New York Public Radio
This is a full-time role that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, sick time and parental leave.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is currently operating in a remote capacity, however, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work from the New York office when it is safe to do so.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.
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