The WNYC / Gothamist newsroom is looking for a creative and curious reporter to join our Culture & Arts desk, producing for both our digital and broadcast audiences.

A successful candidate has experience covering unique angles and emerging trends around food, music, performing arts and the New York City zeitgeist. This reporter has a proven track record of producing daily coverage as well as enterprise features.

This reporting is essential to covering a region that creates and fosters world-class and groundbreaking culture and entertainment. We are seeking candidates who are infinitely curious and serious about their work, but don’t take themselves or their subjects too seriously. This role requires an open mind and a reporter who is willing to experiment with formats, voice and angles. This beat isn’t only about covering new exhibits or events, but telling us something we didn’t know – or hadn’t considered – about how NYC residents experience the city’s art and culture. That may mean dissecting a NYC meme, explaining the career of Mr. Met, or exploring the successes of a unique chef.

The ideal candidate has strong sources and the ability to capture both mainstream and underground stories, including emerging talent, exciting programming and creative communities. This reporter should bring an inclusive lens to our coverage by capturing the impact that culture – and access to culture – has on all people who live in our region.

This reporter reports to WNYC’s Culture & Arts Editor.

Responsibilities:

  • Report and produce original stories that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate, in both text and audio form
  • Conceive, source and pitch original stories and series that will engage listeners and readers, answering pressing questions and giving daily utility that drives audience habits
  • Consistently meet publishing deadlines for both daily and enterprise work
  • Develop sources that lead to stories our audience can’t get elsewhere
  • Participate fully as a member of the Culture & Arts 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
  • Enthusiastically participate in newsroom-wide efforts to improve workflows, policies, and various practices as requested

Qualifications:

  • Three years professional reporting experience at a reputable news organization required.
  • Experience in culture and arts coverage and a familiarity with various communities and institutions in the New York City region is strongly preferred.
  • Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism, and impeccable integrity and judgment.
  • Superb communication skills, ability to multitask, and experience covering breaking news.
  • Aptitude and comfort producing a broad range of content, including audio, text news stories and social media
  • Experience with audience-centered engagement projects strongly preferred.
  • Competence in SEO and other digital audience skills.
  • Experience using production systems and software tools required to edit, produce and curate content.
  • Ability to see the story that is going to engage audiences, and to anticipate reader/listener interests
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to apply an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
  • Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines, and to pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
  • The ability to work effectively with the public, and with New York Public Radio colleagues

Additional Information

This is a full-time role with a salary range of $84,413-$86,000 per year (plus a full benefits package). Salary offered within this range is determined by skills, experience and organizational pay equity. New York Public Radio offers excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as parental leave.

This role is currently operating in a hybrid capacity, with the ability to sometimes work from home. However, this position is part of the NYC staff and will be expected to work from the NYC office on specified days with regularity.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA.

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