Employment Opportunities

JOB OPENING: Reporter—Kansas News Service/HPPR

***APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9/11/20***

Summary: This is your chance to work with a multi-station newsroom collaboration--the Kansas News Service--covering a region undergoing a transformation driven by immigration, agriculture and environmental issues. This job offers an opportunity for an ambitious reporter to dig deeper on significant local, regional and national issues. Your work will be heard regularly on radio stations across the state and the region, and occasionally on national outlets. In addition, newspapers and websites across the region regularly publish Kansas News Service stories. That gives a journalist a rare chance to provide original reporting to underserved areas across several states. We're looking for someone with radio reporting skills, strong news judgment, and the ability to write clearly and quickly. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Position: This full-time position involves collaboration between HPPR and the Kansas News Service (KNS), and the reporter is responsible for providing a daily stream of content on topics of interest to western Kansas (but for a statewide or regional audience) through a combination of broadcast, digital and social media platforms.

Department: Programming

Supervisor: Director of Regional Content, HPPR, and Editor, Kansas News Service

Location: HPPR is based in Garden City, Kansas, but we're open to location in a different western Kansas community.

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Production and Content Responsibilities

• Create and produce long-form audio features that engage listeners and keep them informed about western Kansas.

• Develop, produce and collect content for daily newscasts.

• Prepare spot news, long-form features, and interviews.

• Responsible for tracking informed sources for relevant content via web and other means.

• Write, develop, and edit original content for newscasts and websites, and produce photos and graphics for website and social media.

• Coordinate and work on statewide public radio projects, in conjunction with Kansas News Service.

• Live coverage of newsworthy events, as assigned.

• Basic operations and engineering skills to set up phone interviews, field recording, audio editing, etc.

• Proven ability to work on a deadline

• Serves on behalf of the station as a spokesperson and or representative at station events and other community relations events.

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Work Environment

This position involves all the demands and opportunities that come with working for a community-based public media organization with a small, highly collaborative staff and a widely dispersed audience and community of contributors. This position also involves working primarily as a reporter for the Kansas News Service, a regional journalism collaborative with editors working from Topeka and Kansas City. It requires focus on audience, good teamwork with staff and volunteers, flexible thinking, and innovative approaches.

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Skills & Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field preferred

• A minimum of two years in journalism, as well as broadcast writing and daily production experience

• Excellent writing skills, a strong sense of NPR style, and story construction experience on multiple platforms, including print or digital

• Background in audio production and/or radio

• Experience with audio editing software and basic word processing; experience with automation and traffic systems a plus

• Experience with digital writing and production, including visuals

• Proven use of social media to broaden distribution and deepen engagement

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a small news staff

• Task prioritization, time management and work efficiency

• Able to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours when necessary

• Knowledge of western Kansas and/or rural communities a plus

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About High Plains Public Radio and the Kansas News Service

HPPR serves residents of the High Plains region across the states of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado through a network of 19 broadcast stations, digital streaming, a responsive website, and social media. It operates studios in Garden City, Kansas, and Amarillo, Texas, along with distributed production by individuals in communities across the region and beyond.

HPPR is an independent non-profit corporation founded in 1975, and currently receives 76% of its funding from individual contributions, business underwriting, and foundation support.

HPPR is one of the stations that comprise the Kansas News Service, a regional journalism collaborative that focuses on education, health and politics. The work of its reporters appears on public radio stations across the state and beyond, online and in newspapers in Kansas. Topics to cover are wide-ranging: water and land use policy, conflict between rural and urban interests, abortion, gun rights, voting rights, hunger, agricultural policy, and the role of government health programs. The state is often a testing ground on national issues of tax policy and regulation. Reporters have no trouble finding hot-button issues to cover.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume and work samples to director@hppr.org

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About High Plains Public Radio & Kansas News Service

HPPR serves residents of the High Plains region across the states of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado through a network of 20 broadcast stations, digital streaming, a responsive website and social media. It operates studios in Garden City, KS., and Amarillo, TX, along with distributed production by individuals in communities across the region and beyond.

HPPR is an independent non-profit corporation founded in 1975 and currently receives 76% of its funding from individual contributions, business underwriting and foundation support.

HPPR is one of the stations that comprise the Kansas News Service, a regional journalism collaborative that focuses on education, health and politics. The work of its reporters appears on public radio stations across the state (and sometimes beyond), online and in newspapers in Kansas. 

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
HPPR is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.