New York Capitol Reporter
New York Capitol Reporter
The nation’s largest public radio newsroom is reopening its Albany bureau and needs a smart, policy-savvy and audience-centric reporter to help New Yorkers make sense of what is -- and often what is not -- happening with the people they elect to spend their tax dollars.
The right candidate will have a demonstrated talent for developing deep sources throughout state government and knows how to use them to tell stories that affect the lives of real people. This isn’t a job for someone who thrills on useless political gossip and innuendo -- we are interested in issues that show up on the streets of New York -- in the subway, on the streets, in our schools and in the water or air. Our next reporter won’t just report that day’s big news, they’ll provide context to readers and listeners, pushing to find out what’s next for taxpayers and residents, and always holding lawmakers and civil servants accountable.
This reporter is flexible, comfortable working on a variety of platforms, holds themself to the highest levels of journalistic excellence, and believes in the usefulness in both a quick fact box and Q&A as well as a compelling long-form narrative audio feature. They aren’t afraid of data -- either in their reporting or about their reporting. They are an experienced, mature reporter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and loves the ever-changing nature of Capitol business.
This is a key role in a newsroom that is rapidly expanding and evolving how it covers the most fascinating region in America. The WNYC newsroom strives to make the New York
City region work for the people who live here, and has ambitious goals to reach new, diverse audiences through impactful, audience-focused journalism.
- Report and produce news stories in both text and audio form that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate
- Conceive, source and pitch stories on a variety of topics that will engage listeners and readers, answering pressing questions and giving daily utility that drives daily audience habits
- Consistently meet deadlines on any daily news while working on enterprise stories
- Develop sources that lead to scoops our audience can’t get elsewhere
- Participate fully as a member of the People & Power team by contributing to coverage plans, meetings and brainstorming sessions
- Effectively coordinate with other editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across our platforms
- Minimum of 5 years professional daily journalism experience, preferably covering a policy beat
- Experience in using production systems and software tools required to edit, produce and curate content on a variety of platforms
- Aptitude and comfort with using a broad range of media, including audio and text
- Knowledge of basic SEO and other digital audience skills
- Versatility working across production platforms and subject areas
- Ability to see the story that’s going to engage readers and to anticipate reader interests
- Deft writing and editing skills, including the ability to sharpen or rewrite copy under immediate deadline pressure
- Sophisticated communication skills, including oral, written, and public speaking
- Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism; and impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment
- Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
- Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
- Ability to manage several story assignments concurrently
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
- The ability to work effectively and/or interact with the public and with other staff 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, personal, sick time and parental leave.
This role is based in Albany, however, it may require occasional travel to our New York City office when it becomes 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.
New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.