The KRCC General Assignment/Growth reporter will cover the impact and trends in Southeastern Colorado (referred to colloquially and henceforth as Southern Colorado) on growth or contraction, the intersection of the two, and related challenges and opportunities for communities. The reporter, a member of the team of KRCC and CPR News journalists in Southern Colorado, will also be available to assist in covering daily news that may fall outside that focus area. The reporter files for news magazines, newscasts, KRCC.org, and other news programming for KRCC and CPR, with an emphasis on in-depth coverage.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- KRCC's General Assignment/Growth reporter covers the topics and trends that shape Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado based on the implications of population shifts. This includes how a city like Colorado Springs deals with an influx of people while much of Southern Colorado deals with a decline in people, and the intersection of the two, often referred to as the urban/rural divide. Immediate topics can include how the development of tourism in declining areas could be seen as economic boons or possible busts; how the demands on water in an area like Colorado Springs could affect industries and communities in Southern Colorado; and how a city like Colorado Springs works to manage its growth. The reporter will emphasize the human stories behind the drivers, and the effects trends have on people’s lives.
- The reporter establishes a broad range of sources and contacts to provide for coverage of Southern Colorado and Colorado Springs, while also maintaining an awareness of more general topics in order to file stories breaking in nature or otherwise assigned.
- Ensures coverage is inclusive, digs into issues of equity, and reflects a diversity of experiences across the region. Actively participates in discussions with Audience Editors about audience-focused stories.
- The reporter uses data skills to track important patterns and identify significant trends. They will collaborate with the KRCC-designated audience editor to coordinate ways to tell these stories online. They will also pursue investigative work in the beat to uncover distinctive stories.
- The reporter researches, writes, reports, edits, and voices a wide variety of stories and series for morning and afternoon news magazines and periodically for Colorado Matters. Provides soundbites, wraps and voicers for hourly newscasts, and produces interviews for Colorado Matters.
- Contributes to KRCC/CPR News website, including audio, text, extended interviews, photos, etc. Contributes to KRCC's social media platforms.
- Serves as a resource for the News Department on Southern Colorado urban and rural issues - identifying sources, opportunities for additional coverage, etc.
- Participates in all assigned fundraising and outreach activities, on air and off.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Identification with mission and purpose of KRCC/Colorado Public Radio.
- At least three years’ experience covering a beat for a daily news organization.
- Data analysis skills are preferred.
- High-level writing and editing skills, demonstrated ability to identify key developments and distill complex matters.
- Understanding and presence on social media for reporting and promoting stories as well as engaging with the audience.
Available to work during non-standard working hours and weekend on-call shifts, as needed. This job will include some travel.
Position is based in Colorado Springs.
To apply, submit a cover letter that includes where you learned of the job opening, resume, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with "GA / Growth Reporter" in the subject line. Please also include links to samples of your work or projects you have led.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
No phone calls or drop ins please.
Colorado Public Radio is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package that reflects our culture of caring. Our employees have access to: 100 percent employer paid individual health, dental, life, and disability coverage; an outstanding paid family medical leave policy plus paid holidays and a very generous sick, vacation, and personal time off plan; voluntary offerings such as vision; a competitive retirement plan match with no waiting or vesting periods; flexible schedules; engagement and development opportunities; and a casual atmosphere.