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POSTING: #210323

TITLE: Producer, TPR News Border and Immigration Desk
REPORTS TO: News Director
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SUMMARY: Texas Public Radio is a mission-driven, award-winning, multimedia organization serving a weekly broadcast audience of more than 200,000 across a wide expanse of the state, and a fast-growing digital audience around the country. We are part of The Texas Newsroom, a statewide collaborative with NPR that allows us to provide even richer content and programming.

Texas Public Radio is seeking an experienced, knowledgeable producer who has a passion for long-form, character-driven storytelling to work on our border and immigration desk.

We strive to produce stories that explain the interconnectivity of the U.S. Southern Border and immigration to American life. In doing so, we aim to dispel misinformation hold and government accountable.

Our ideal candidate has a genuine talent for audio storytelling, and has the ability to take complex issues and transform them into meaningful and compelling narratives. This producer will have the rare opportunity of helping to develop, launch, and produce a weekly, hour-long show. Robust collaboration with other journalists across the state will be a key to success in this position.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Must know and understand immigration issues, and be able to write and report with sensitivity and confidence on these subjects.
Work with reporters to craft original, long-form radio stories.
Work independently to conceive, propose, plan and research ideas for programs and segments, taking assignments from the show’s Executive Producer.
Create story maps, pitch stories and contribute show ideas.
Edit and mix pieces using Adobe Audition.
Develop relationships with sources and subject matter experts.
Serve as a backup radio program host.
Participate in the production of special programming and station initiatives.
Participate appropriately in station fundraising, sponsorship activities and live events.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or related field, or equivalent experience.

EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of two years reporting, writing and producing long-form, character-driven audio stories.
Experience developing sources to produce original content.
Demonstrated sound news judgment.
A passion for the mission of public radio.
Demonstrated professionalism and personal relationship skills, including the ability to work well with other team members.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Demonstrated ability to write clear, accurate, compelling news stories.
Experience using audio editing software and equipment to produce content for broadcast.
Ability to understand complex topics and convey the information in compelling reports.
Technologically versatile with willingness to expand skills. Multi-media skills, including experience producing or editing digital media, are desirable.
Self-motivated, with a “willing spirit” and the ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
Able to work extended hours as needed, sometimes on short notice.
Must have valid standard Class C driver’s license and transportation.
Spanish/English bilingual language skills desired.

NOTE: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required. Additionally, this job description is not intended as an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and Texas Public Radio continues to maintain its status as an at-will employer.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to hr2021@tpr.org. No calls, please. Please indicate where you saw the ad when applying.

JOB POSTING: 210323A

TITLE: Host/Producer, TPR's Border and Immigration Desk
REPORTS TO: News Director
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SUMMARY: Texas Public Radio is a mission-driven, award-winning, multimedia organization serving a weekly broadcast audience of more than 200,000 across a wide expanse of the state, and a fast-growing digital audience around the country. We are part of The Texas Newsroom, a statewide collaborative with NPR that allows us to provide even richer content and programming.

Texas Public Radio is seeking an experienced, knowledgeable host/producer who has a passion for long-form, character-driven storytelling to work on our border and immigration desk.

We strive to produce stories that explain the interconnectivity of the U.S. Southern Border and immigration to American life. In doing so, we aim to dispel misinformation and hold government accountable.

We seek a dynamic, passionate voice and personality to help develop and host a weekly, hour-long show. We are looking for someone with a strong radio presence who is willing to take on tough topics and present clearly and concisely. The host must also be a well-rounded radio producer. Our ideal candidate has a genuine talent for storytelling, and the ability to take complex issues and transform them into meaningful and compelling narratives. Must care deeply about immigration issues and be ready to be at the front of it.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Must know and understand immigration issues, and be able to write and report with sensitivity and confidence on these subjects.
Serve as host for a weekly hour-long radio show.
Work closely with the Executive Producer on all aspects of the show.
Work with reporters to craft original, long-form stories.
Work independently to conceive, propose, plan and research ideas for programs and segments, taking assignments from the show’s Executive Producer.
Create story maps, pitch stories and contribute show ideas.
Edit and mix pieces using Adobe Audition.
Develop relationships with sources and subject matter experts.
Participate in the production of special programming and station initiatives.
Participate appropriately in station fundraising, sponsorship activities and live events.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or related field, or equivalent experience.

EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of four years reporting, writing and producing long-form, character-driven audio stories.
Experience developing sources to produce original content.
Demonstrated sound news judgment.
A passion for the mission of public radio.
Demonstrated professionalism and personal relationship skills, including the ability to work well with other team members.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Demonstrated ability to write clear, accurate, compelling news stories.
Experience using audio editing software and equipment to produce content for broadcast.
Ability to understand complex topics and convey the information in compelling reports.
Technologically versatile with willingness to expand skills. Multi-media skills, including experience producing or editing digital media, are desirable.
Self-motivated, with a “willing spirit” and the ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
Able to work extended hours as needed, sometimes on short notice.
Must have valid standard Class C driver’s license and transportation.
Spanish/English bilingual language skills desired.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to hr2021@tpr.org. No calls, please. Please indicate where you saw the ad when applying.

NOTE: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required. Additionally, this job description is not intended as an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and Texas Public Radio continues to maintain its status as an at-will employer.

POSTING: 201204

TITLE: Immigration and Rio Grande Valley Reporter
REPORTS TO: News Director
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SUMMARY: Texas Public Radio is seeking an experienced, knowledgeable reporter with proven ability to produce significant, well-researched stories and content about immigration and life in the Rio Grande Valley.

The reporter will be based in the McAllen area, and will develop headline and in-depth reports for radio and digital platforms that capture the pulse at the border.

TPR is a mission-driven, award-winning, multi-media organization serving an audience of more than 200,000 across a wide expanse of the state.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conceives, proposes, plans, and researches ideas for stories and program segments for both broadcast and digital distribution and takes assignments from the News Director.
Develops relationships with sources and subject matter experts.
Participates in the production of special programming and station initiatives.
Participates in community activities such as town hall meetings and panel discussions.
Utilizes social media applications to disseminate news to and engage the TPR audience.
Participates appropriately in station fundraising and sponsorship activities and live events.
Fulfills administrative obligations related to assignments, including filing prompt and accurate program information/summaries, maintaining contact with and keeping the News Director informed about assignments, keeping appropriate files and submitting timely expense reports.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or related field, or equivalent experience.

EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of three years reporting experience and demonstrated initiatives in developing sources to produce original content. Experience writing and producing news on multiple platforms and effectively using social media.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Demonstrated sound news judgment.
A passion for the mission of public radio.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Demonstrated ability to write clear, accurate, compelling news stories.
Experience using audio editing software and equipment to produce content for broadcast.
Ability to understand complex topics and convey the information in compelling reports.
Technologically versatile with willingness to expand skills. Multi-media skills, including experience producing or editing digital media is desirable.
Demonstrated professionalism and personal relationship skills, including the ability to work well with other team members.
Self-motivated, with a “willing spirit” and the ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
Able to work extended hours as needed, sometimes on short notice.
Must have valid standard Class C driver’s license and transportation.
Spanish/English bilingual language skills desired.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS:
Finger Dexterity: Using fingers to make small movements such as typing or picking up small objects.
Talking: Frequently conveying information, instructions, and ideas clearly and quickly.
Hearing: Able to hear average or normal conversations, in person or by phone.
Repetitive Motions: Frequently and regularly using the wrists, hands, and fingers.
Visual: Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or other materials.
Physical: Ability to travel. May have to lift papers, books, recording equipment and other items weighing up to 10 lbs.

_________________________________________
Employee

________________________________________
Immediate Supervisor

NOTE: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required. Additionally, this job description is not intended as an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and Texas Public Radio continues to maintain its status as an at will employer.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, references, writing samples and salary requirements to hr2021@tpr.org. No calls, please. Please indicate where you saw the ad when applying.

POSTING: #201118A

TITLE: Broadcast Engineer
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Technology & Operations
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, exempt

SUMMARY: Texas Public Radio (TPR) is a mission-driven, award-winning, multimedia organization serving an audience of hundreds of thousands through seven radio stations across a wide swath of Texas. TPR produces and delivers top-quality content via radio broadcast, video and audio streaming, digital networks and live events, and works collaboratively with other media organizations to produce and provide even richer content and programming.

We are seeking an experienced broadcast engineer to participate in the installation, maintenance and repair of radio studio, transmitting, and ancillary equipment, in order to maintain superior service in all coverage areas and on all platforms, while complying with FCC technical requirements. The broadcast engineer also will assist with technical support and maintenance of information systems in use within the organization and assist with the oversight of building operations at our headquarters facility. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, resourceful, self-starter, with strong time management and critical thinking skills.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Act as the primary contact for technical support and emergencies by promptly responding 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Assist with maintaining station operation through preventative and corrective maintenance. Install, troubleshoot and repair audio, transmitting, IT and telephone equipment for office and broadcast operations.
Ensure compliance with FCC regulations and requirements by maintaining operating parameters within licensed limits.
Support the operation and maintenance of major building systems such as HVAC, lighting and security.
Assist staff in preserving superior technical standards by providing training and assistance on the proper use of software and equipment.
Participate appropriately in station fundraising, sponsorship activities and live events.
Advise supervisor and other staff, as needed, on actions essential to maintaining performance, safety and security at studio and transmitter facilities.
Fulfill administrative obligations related to required documentation, keeping appropriate files and submitting timely expense reports.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Self-motivated, with a "willing spirit" and the ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
Demonstrated professionalism and personal relationship skills, including the ability to work well with other team members.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to work after hours as needed, sometimes on short notice and be on-call 24/7 for emergencies or scheduled maintenance.
Must have a valid standard Class C driver's license, transportation and the ability to travel on short notice.

EDUCATION: Associate degree in electronics technology or related field, or equivalent experience in operations or maintenance at a broadcast station. FCC General Radio Telephone License and/or equivalent SBE Certification preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of three years technical experience working at a broadcast station, digital media outlet or related field.

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS:
Familiarity with digital audio storage systems, automation systems and traffic systems. Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations, telecommunication laws related to broadcast station operation and compliance.
IT skills including workstation and server troubleshooting and repair, local area networking and desktop support.
Multimedia skills, including experience in technical setup for webcasting and video conferencing.
Experience working with antenna systems, broadcast transmitters, STL, audio over IP console and routing systems, voice over IP telephone systems, audio processing and remote control systems. Background in oversight of building mechanical systems such as HVAC monitoring, security card reader systems and programmable lighting controllers.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS:
Finger Dexterity: Using fingers to make small movements such as typing or picking up small objects or hand tools.
Talking: Verbally conveying information, instructions, and ideas clearly and quickly.
Hearing: Able to hear average or normal conversations, in person or by phone.
Repetitive Motions: Frequently and regularly using the wrists, hands and fingers.
Visual: Average, ordinary, visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect printed materials. Must be able to differentiate color coding of wiring and components.
Physical: Ability to travel. Must have the ability to lift 75 lbs., climb ladders and use common power tools.

_________________________________________
Employee

________________________________________
Immediate Supervisor

NOTE: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required. Additionally, this job description is not intended as an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and Texas Public Radio continues to maintain its status as an at will employer.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to hr2021@tpr.org. No calls, please. Please indicate where you saw the ad when applying.

Statewide Managing Editor, The Texas Newsroom
Level: Management
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: 4 Year Degree

NPR and its member stations have created an innovative new system of regional news hubs designed to reshape the journalism landscape -- and the prototype for the nation is in Texas.

To lead the next stage of this effort, we are looking for an executive-level journalist, as comfortable with leadership by persuasion and collaboration as with producing high-quality journalism. This dynamic leader will champion linking and expanding local, regional and national news efforts on radio and digital platforms. The Statewide Managing Editor will be employed by KERA, lead station for The Texas Newsroom – a collaboration between the Texas stations and the network. The other managing stations are KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. This position can be based anywhere in Texas.

Texas is a great state for journalism. It is a huge, multi-culture, multi-ethnic expanse of land and people, with as many distinct identities and regions as most countries. As a border state, one of the fastest growing states in the country, and the second largest economy in the United States, what happens in Texas is often national – and sometimes international – news. Being a statewide journalist in Texas means being able to move from topic to topic rapidly, and to be comfortable with the constantly shifting ground of changing norms.

The Managing Editor serves as the top editor for The Texas Newsroom and manages day-to day operations in collaboration with station newsrooms, leading a regional staff, and directing the statewide newsroom in all capacities with guidance of the TTN Executive Team. While station newsroom managers have direct oversight of station employees and daily coverage, station newsrooms and TTN work in a cooperative spirit to produce increased regional coverage, curate content from around the state, and develop journalists.

The Managing Editor will work collaboratively with Texas Newsroom partner stations to coordinate resources needed for major breaking news and for stories developed and managed by TTN. This editor will ensure high editorial and ethical standards for content produced through The Texas Newsroom.

The Managing Editor is the principal contact for station news leaders and for NPR, and will develop daily, weekly and long-term communication structures. The Managing Editor will work with NPR to ensure The Texas Newsroom is part of the network’s editorial planning and connected to appropriate NPR staff.

Essential Responsibilities
Develop the editorial vision for The Texas Newsroom in conjunction with the TTN Executive Committee. That includes breaking news coverage, digital and enterprise journalism, podcasts, projects, feature stories and statewide newscasts. Partner with stations and NPR to articulate the goals and desired outcomes.
Hold primary responsibility for communication and planning. Serve as the central point of contact for editorial leaders at the stations and NPR. Ensure that communication occurs in a 360-degree view, so that everyone’s clear on station, TTN and NPR priorities. Ability to collaborate and communicate remotely is a must. Resolve conflicts with focus on audience needs.
Oversee development and expansion of regional products and distribution methods to reach new, younger and more diverse audiences.
Supervise all Texas Newsroom staff. Direct daily work, assigning tasks and deploying staff as necessary. Coach staff in developing professional skills and create long-term improvement plans. Write performance evaluations. Lead and inspire.
Integrate metrics into all Texas Newsroom activities and develop and share best practices with other emerging regional newsrooms in NPR’s collaborative journalism project.
Create, update and ensure use of a breaking news response plan for stories of statewide and national interest. Assist stations in developing local breaking news plans that dovetail with the statewide plan.
Establish strong working relationships with news leaders and editors at the four managing stations, with the NPR editor assigned to The Texas Newsroom, with other stations around the state and with other regional newsrooms across the country.
Oversee story planning for the short-term (daily news), middle-term (features) and long-term (projects) on radio and digital platforms. Ensure that processes are inclusive, desired outcomes are broadly shared and deadlines are communicated and met.
Define best practices for production of on-air and digital content, with an audience-first mindset. Provide regular feedback on story execution, identifying strengths and areas for improvement.
Strengthen digital journalism capacity, defining digital responsibilities for each member of the Texas Newsroom staff and integrating digital production into the daily workflow. Build visual storytelling capacity.
Perform hands-on editing as needed. Edit/review controversial or sensitive content. Edit/review enterprise and investigative stories.
Conduct regular station visits (in person or virtually) and schedule station visits for other Texas Newsroom staff members. Identify training opportunities for local reporters and lead planning and execution.
Develop, in concert with NPR and stations, an ongoing statewide training program.

Essential Qualifications
Strong leadership skills as demonstrated by a track record of success in supervisory and/or management position.
Strategic thinker with project-management experience.
Record of excellent communication in person and in remote situations.
Proven journalism skills that include reporting, producing, editing.
Understanding of both on-air and digital journalism production; experience in both platforms preferred.
Dedication to diversity in sourcing, topics, recruiting and approaches is a must.
Maintain editorial standards of accuracy, thoroughness, ethics, balance and diversity.
Report from and work in the field as assigned.
Ability to exercise sound news judgment and generate factual, error-free online copy quickly in breaking news situations.
Strong content editing/proofreading abilities, including knowledge of AP style.
Strategic thinker, with the ability to work with others to put together detailed, easy-to-understand plans.
Passionate and enthusiastic about online journalism and local news opportunities in Texas.
Demonstrated career vision and activation toward diversity, equity and inclusion.
Ability to travel statewide for assignments/activities that involve work outside of the office.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field or equivalent required; media or journalism degree preferred.      

Preferred Skills
Experience leading collaborative organizations.
Experience working in public media.
Experience developing new products.
Fluent in multiple languages. Spanish-language skills are a plus.     

To Apply
Complete the application on KERA’s employment page.
Attach a resume and cover letter summarizing how you’d approach the job.    

 Equal Employment Opportunity

TTN believes that diversity is important to our success. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

                                                                 
INTERNSHIPS
 
SUMMER ARTS INTERNSHIP: Sponsored by Bexar County and the Tobin Center's GenerationNEXT.

Texas Public Radio’s summer intern will work within the TPR newsroom to learn reporting and writing skills, editing and producing material for the organization’s website, and occasionally on-air. The intern will also work with the marketing and community engagement departments to learn music and video recording as we present a series of summer concerts virtually for the greater South Texas audience. These concerts, featuring local acts, will be recorded at the Malú & Carlos Alvarez Theater at Texas Public Radio headquarters. The ideal candidate for this 10-week, full-time, paid internship will have some audio/video editing skills.

If selected for this internship, the student must be available to work from June 7 - August 13, 2021.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student, and may attend school anywhere in the United States, but his/her permanent address must be registered in Bexar County.

To apply, please fill out the "Intern Info Form" located at the bottom of this page, and return by email to interns@tpr.org, with a letter of intent and resume.