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Max Wycisk News Fellow

Employment Requirement: Colorado Public Radio (CPR) strives to maintain a workplace that keeps employees mentally and physically safe. CPR requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious accommodation is timely requested and approved. All candidates offered a position at Colorado Public Radio will be required to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate and procedures prior to their first day of employment.

Incumbent is expected to reside in Colorado or relocate to Colorado.

Who We Are:

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that produces meaningful news, music, and cultural experiences to everyone in Colorado using the power of the human voice in all its forms. Roughly 95 percent of CPR’s funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations. For more information, visit www.cpr.org.

  • CPR News delivers in-depth, insightful and impartial news and information from around the world, across the nation and throughout Colorado, examining its relevance to our state and connecting it to our community.
  • CPR Classical takes listeners on an in-depth exploration of thoughtfully curated music – with an emphasis on Colorado’s classical community – providing context to a broad range of meaningful and compelling works from past to present.
  • Indie 102.3 takes listeners inside the world of new and independent music – exposing them to up-and-coming artists and highlighting Colorado’s local music scene.
  • Denverite is an online news source dedicated to Denver's curious and concerned.
  • KRCC is a public radio station in Colorado Springs, Colorado, serving Southern Colorado. KRCC is operated by Colorado Public Radio in partnership with Colorado College.

Our values inspire, inform and guide our everyday actions. They serve as a set of expectations and a promise we make to ourselves, our partners and audiences.

• Creative • Curious • Ethical • Inclusive • Respectful

At Colorado Public Radio we are committed to cultivating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that helps us represent the voices of the communities within Colorado. We highly encourage individuals with unique contributions such as ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, nation of origin, age, language, veteran status, color, religion, disability and sexual orientation to apply to our openings. CPR is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team.

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) is seeking a Max Wycisk News Fellow.

About the Fellowship:

The CPR News Fellow supports CPR News' mission of using our platform to prepare the next generation of public media journalists. Our fellow will contribute to our core mission of delivering meaningful news to Coloradans using the human voice in all its forms. In this capacity, we will train the fellow on what that means and how to achieve it. Fellows will rotate across news teams over the course of their year with CPR, these teams include Colorado Matters and CPR’s Public Affairs team, with an opportunity to develop some additional skills in long-form audio production. The fellowship is specifically designed to support recent graduates and early career journalists, and folks looking to pivot into this field; we encourage candidates with 2+ years of professional experience in the audio journalism field to consider applying to other CPR opportunities.

Key learning objectives for the experience include;

  • Developing a candidate's reporting skills for on-air and digital work, including but not limited to; interviewing skills, understanding audience, and source identification. 
  • Understanding how to gather in-the-field audio and how to use software to edit it for delivery on the radio and online. 
  • Delivering high-quality journalism in audio and digital formats.
  • Developing the skills to navigate challenging ethical situations in the field.
  • Understanding the key skills and experiences needed to pursue a career in public media.

About You:

Our ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

You are a responsive creative, ignited by curiosity and interested in supporting journalism’s role in shaping democracy and educating a community. You have a demonstrated ability to distill information from a variety of sources, and you are looking for an opportunity to grow and develop your talents in the world of public radio.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with journalism: its practice and importance to how a community functions. Basic understanding of how news is gathered. 
  • Familiarity with technology: understanding of how to use Google Suite and word processing software, basic understanding of internet technology – i.e. how to search, how news organizations use other tools like social media to promote content.
  • Experience with writing either for a news website or generally: good grasp of spelling and grammar, understanding of how to construct a factual, fair news story.
  • Self-starter: Is hungry to learn more about topics and share their knowledge with others. Doesn’t wait for others to explain how to complete a task – goes and finds this information on their own.
  • Collaborative: Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people across many areas of interest and across platforms.
  • Inclusive: Dedicated to producing news from a variety of voices and cultures.
  • Must have less than two years of relevant professional experience in the field of journalism. 
  • Clean driving record is required; access to reliable transportation to respond with urgency/immediacy to news events.

Education Equivalency

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Benefits:

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; flexible schedules; engagement and development opportunities; and a casual atmosphere.

Position Information:

Position Type: Full-Time, Temporary. The fellowship runs for 12 months, from September 2024-August of 2025. Employment beyond this date is not guaranteed.  

Starting Pay: $20.80 Hourly (Budgeted for 40 hours per week)

Application Requirements:

To apply, please submit a resume and complete supplemental assessment. Here. Applications are due Sunday, April 21st.

https://secure.entertimeonline.com/ta/MOPBC0031.careers?ApplyToJob=620940100

Incomplete Applications will not be considered.

At Colorado Public Radio we are committed to cultivating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that helps us represent the voices of the communities within Colorado. We highly encourage candidates with unique contributions such as ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, nation of origin, age, language, veteran status, color, religion, disability and sexual orientation to apply to our openings. CPR is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.