San Francisco Public Press Seeks Radio Host / Reporter
The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit news organization that provides independent analysis of government and other powerful interests through in-depth investigative reports published online and in a quarterly print edition. They cover politics, housing, education, environment, labor, economics, immigration, health, public safety and a range of other topics. You can learn more at their website, sfpublicpress.org. They are expanding the scope of their work with more frequent, detailed coverage of local government by adding podcasts and terrestrial radiobroadcasts via a new independent radio station.
They are seeking an experienced radio / print journalist to host a daily audio program and post news articles focused on San Francisco City Hall. The radio program will consist of one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions about timely topics with elected officials, city employees, subject-matter experts and community members who care about important local issues. Segments will audio and video stream online and go live on KSFP, a low-power FM radio station that begins broadcasting on 102.5 FM in San Francisco this summer. Segments may also run on local and regional partner public radio stations.
The show will guide listeners through the daily news of local government and provide context and depth for complex, evolving policy stories, well before they’re placed on a ballot or presented publicly by agencies. The show also will tackle civic education topics. Their goal is ambitious: To create the essential audio news source about the inner-workings of one of the world’s great cities. And you will have a role in collaborating to build an audio news product from scratch, and continuing to refine it based on responses from listeners and the community.
THEY’RE SEEKING A RADIO / PRINT JOURNALIST WHO
* Is a news hound, with an insatiable appetite for and familiarity with local current affairs.
* Has experience and fluency in sparking open and in-depth conversation and dialogue.
* Can be welcoming while maintaining a critical distance from sources who may opine on controversial topics.
* Knows how local government works and who the key players are.
* Maintains high editorial standards and sound news judgment.
* Can work independently and can collaborate with others in a small team.
* Demonstrates excellent writing, editing, and fact-checking skills and can work on short deadlines.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
* Hosting a daily show featuring live on-air interviews, with introductory scripts based on research.
* Generating guest lists and show ideas, and pre-recording interviews when necessary.
* Reporting on local policy issues when news breaks and coordinating with senior editor on web and print stories.
* Working with a producer to refine, post and promote podcast segments and Facebook Live broadcast.
* Collaborating with Public Press editorial staff to facilitate in-depth reporting projects.
* Assisting with social media, community engagement and live events.
* Making occasional public appearances consisting of interviews and panel moderation.
EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
* Three+ years radio experience in news reporting and public affairs programming.
* Mastery of, and comfort with, on-air live interviewing techniques.
* Advanced digital audio editing skills.
* Familiarity with crafting social media posts.
PAY & BENEFITS
* Full-time compensation commensurate with experience, in the market range for comparable positions in nonprofit local independent news.
* Health insurance and flexible spending plan.
WHAT THEY NEED FROM YOU
* Resume, including your e-mail address and phone number.
* A thoughtful cover letter about what you’d bring to the Public Press and its radio startup, KSFP. They want to hear your ideas for making civic policy into relevant, engaging audio. How would you create distinctive local news content that connects with listeners? Do you have experience in entrepreneurial journalism, program creation and audience development? Can you thrive in a small-team environment? What stories are under-reported in the city? What voices have been excluded from the airwaves?
* Three examples of your radio/audio/print work: Shows or podcasts you have hosted or produced, reporting, and/or promos you have scripted or produced.
* Three examples of your writing. Can include radio scripts.
* Three professional references.
All application materials must be RECEIVED by close of business on Friday, April 19 (extended).
Please submit all materials to:
ATTN: Michael Stoll, Executive Director
San Francisco Public Press
44 Page St., Suite 504
San Francisco, CA 94102
jobs <at> sfpublicpress <dot> org
The San Francisco Public Press is committed to diversity and seeks to reflect the cultural richness of the Bay Area in its editorial content production, community engagement and work environment. The Public Press encourages and actively recruits applicants representing a broad diversity of backgrounds including but not limited to age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.