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Bozeman Area Reporter

Posted: March 18, 2024

Yellowstone Public Radio, a department of Montana State University Billings (a preferred employer in the region)-WE WANT YOU!
The following are reasons why you should join our team:

  • Work-life balance
  • Holidays-10 paid holidays per year and 1 Floating Holiday
  • Vacation- 15 days per year (New Employees to 10 years; after 10 years the accrual rate increases)
  • Sick Leave – Earned at an accrual rate of .0416125 for each hour in pay status.
  • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver
  • Opportunities to engage in professional development opportunities
  • Committed to employee wellness and access to a robust Employee Assistance Program
  • Medical Benefits that are robust and affordable
  • Visit MUS Benefits to learn more about our benefit package including
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Life Insurance and Long Term Disability are incorporated into our benefits.
  • Learn more about our retirement benefits at MUS Retirement.
  • Opportunities for career growth and a variety of career paths
  • Campus vibrancy- coffee shops, FREE attendance to MSUB concerts, athletic events, and lectures, access to recreation center, library, etc.
  • Beautiful campus environment that features our MSUB Mile walking path

The Bozeman Area Reporter is YPR’s presence in southwest Montana, representing the station and covering persistent themes including housing and growth, business and economics, and local government. Working remotely with colleagues based at the YPR newsroom in Billings, the Bozeman Area Reporter will develop sources and story ideas; report both breaking news and longer-term stories following industry standards of ethics, accuracy, and fairness; write and voice reports in a conversational style consistent with NPR’s news magazines; produce and mix packages for broadcast; and prepare web posts. Depending on a candidate’s interests, they may develop a subject matter beat to complement audience expectations from their regional reporter. An ideal candidate is comfortable filing from a remote station setting or from the field under deadline pressure. YPR strives to create unique opportunities for reporters in the form of collaborative podcasts and series, team-reported pieces and access to training from industry leaders.

This position reports directly to the YPR News Director. Candidates should embrace working under tight deadlines, working both independently and as part of a team, and living and working remotely from the main YPR studios and staff.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Employee works under the direct supervision of and in consultation with the YPR news director to develop and produce news content about the greater Gallatin County region of southwest Montana. This may include: script and audio; “2-Way’s,” in other words Q-and-A packages; or complex and highly produced features or investigative stories. All stories/content for on-air and/or on-line will be produced in accordance with NPR’s high journalistic standards and practices. This includes, but is not limited to, standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and balance.
  • Employee will write copy/scripts for the local newscasts and for news stories using a variety of sources. This includes from newsgathering, The Associated Press news wire, press releases, and other sources for broadcast on-air and on-line.
  • Other duties as assigned, may include, but not limited to: remote filing packaged newscasts (fill-in due to illness, vacations); live on air pitching during station fundraising or other public station activities
  • Employee will gather multimedia elements, like photos, for web publication. Employee will at times be responsible for reformatting news scripts for web publication using the Grove content management system.
  • Employee will contribute to the overall outreach of the station and act as an ambassador for YPR, especially as it pertains to presentations related to journalism or employment opportunities in public media journalism.

QUALITIES:

  • A team player with a proven ability to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at YPR, MSU Billings, and the public.
  • A self-starter who will initiate projects/assignments under the direction and supervision of the YPR news director
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate to the YPR audience, sources and colleagues
  • Follow through to produce deadline driven assignments for radio broadcast and web publication
  • Knowledge of sound gathering, editing, and production for broadcast on-air and on-line
  • Newsgathering may take place outside the normal workday and may include evenings and weekends which will be done in consultation with the YPR news director.
  • Understanding of newsworthiness of a given event or trend, with an eye for how that item affects YPR’s audience.
  • Content must be grammatically correct, conversational, contextual, and convey an understanding of how regional/national/global issues connect to YPR listeners
  • Employee must have an authoritative, friendly, confident, conversational on-air “voice” that fits seamlessly into an NPR/public radio style
  • Demonstrated typing proficiency and computer skills required
  • Employee must work calmly under pressure. This includes the ability to handle multiple and complex problems simultaneously while under stringent timeframes and changing priorities and conditions
  • Highly attentive to detail
  • Work confidently with a variety of broadcast, computer, and other electronic equipment
  • Troubleshoot problems in cooperation with the YPR/KEMC engineer/technical director, news director, and other YPR staff
  • Knowledge of and adherence to AP Style conventions
  • Competence writing headlines, photo captions, identifying related content
  • With training, demonstrate mastery of the Grove CMS platform following YPR’s web posting conventions
  • Proficiency using social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, for news gathering and story promotion
  • Attention to detail

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to work a varied schedule, including evening, weekends, and some holidays required
  • Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

EDUCATION REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, broadcasting, media, or related field

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Employee must have, or be able to obtain, a valid drivers’ license
  • Experience with sound gathering, editing, and production for broadcast
  • Experience as a news reporter and/or producer in broadcasting
  • Strong writing and interviewing skills, and comfort with public speaking
  • Proficiency with sound editing software
  • Knowledge of journalism ethics and professional standards of objectivity, fairness, newsworthiness, and balance
  • Self-starter who will initiate projects/assignments under the direction and supervision of the YPR news director and consistently meet deadlines

 EDUCATION PREFERRED:

  • Master’s Degree in Journalism or related field

Experience Preferred:

  • 3 or more years of experience in radio, investigative reporting, broadcasting, or directly related experience
  • Photography and video capture and editing skills
  • Proficiency with social media as a tool for reporting and promotion

 REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MANDATORY REPORTER: All employees of Montana State University Billings are Mandatory Reporters. They must report information to the Title IX Office (Director of HR) as soon as they become aware of alleged discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, gender, or any other protected class (see HR’s harassment policy for more information). This includes, but is not limited to, alleged sexual assault.

Montana State University Billings is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

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