Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region. We are looking for people to join our team.
Marfa Public Radio is one of the most awarded small-market stations in the nation for excellence in journalism. MPR serves approximately 30,000 square miles of Far West Texas, plus an online streaming audience worldwide. In 2018, Marfa Public Radio won three National Murrow awards and 10 regional awards. This year, the station swept every category in the Texas and Oklahoma region. We believe the stories of Far West Texas are just as essential as stories from other parts of the country. We aim to be a model for public radio beyond our listening range. We are not your regular radio station.
The station has five core functions: serving as a lifeline, innovating in public media, being a beacon for local stories, providing the soundtrack of Far West Texas, and creating a place where the wide range can connect.
Marfa Public Radio is currently hiring for two positions:
All Things Considered Host
The News Director of Marfa Public Radio will provide the vision and guidance for the station’s journalism. Together, with the Executive Director, the News Director will ensure that news coverage and offerings reflect the highest standards of journalistic ethics, audio production, and public service to Far West Texas. Our newsroom prioritizes relevance and engagement.
The News Director will oversee the day-to-day news operation. They are responsible for the efficiency in the workflow and distribution of journalism. The News Director will drive the daily reporting with a combination of energy and calm, creativity and consistency. A key component of this position is serving as an editor for the reporting team. The ideal candidate for this role has superior organizational skills and high journalistic standards.
● Assign and edit reporters on a daily basis, overseeing the quality of news content from features and series to spots and breaking news
● Establish and managing deadlines for the reporting team
● Develop local news programming and enterprise stories
● Create, maintain and execute coverage plans for developing and breaking news
● Work with the ED developing and executing regular, meaningful, and engaging news events throughout the listening area including town halls, debates, community forums, listening sessions, etc…
● Represent the news division as required at board meetings and other presentations
● Attend major donor events, public events and regularly participate in on-air fundraising
● Direct development and maintenance of applicable web, and social media-based news content
● Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in broadcast journalism
● Five years’ experience in news or radio production, preferably in a public media environment
● Skills and experience in editing
● Demonstrated skills in interviewing, audio editing software, and writing for broadcast
● Good people skills, with previous supervisory experience desirable
● Strong sense of ethical standards and the value of public service media
● Willingness to work flexible hours as news stories require
● Bilingual preferred
We want our team to reflect the public we serve. We believe this is our job and that it is crucial to the vision of public media. Journalists of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Things Considered Host
The All Things Considered host delivers on-air newscasts and other show elements within the body of All Things Considered. The host is also responsible for the delivery of underwrites, weather, and other station announcements within scheduled breaks. This position works closely with the Morning Edition host.
The All Things Considered host must be a responsible, productive, and enterprising individual possessing a passion for how global, national, and regional issues connect to the Marfa Public Radio listening area.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
Engaging and professional on-air presence and comfort with hosting a live program
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proven ability to consistently work well with others
Ability to meet deadlines
Efficient at multitasking
NPR quality anchoring and voicing skills
Ability to operate digital audio broadcast equipment a plus
Experience operating a broadcast board
Bilingual in Spanish is preferred
This is a part-time position
Hourly Pay Rate: $25/hr.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com