Career Opportunities

News Director

The News Director will report, edit, and lead a staff including two journalists and a part-time arts and cultural reporter, plus interns and volunteers.  The News Director also acts as a substitute host for network programs, participates in on-air fundraising, and plays an integral role in special projects like our award-winning “Issues and Ales” community conversations, and as a public representative of 89.1 WBOI.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Craft a vision and priorities for news coverage.
  • Hold regular news meetings
  • Organizational skills to plan, organize and manage day-to-day news operations.
  • Provide editorial, content and production feedback to reporters.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a small news/production team.
  • Ability to write and edit accurate news copy on daily deadline.
  • Ability to collaborate with station staff and community partners.
  • Demonstrated initiative in generating daily story ideas and long-form features and interviews.
  • Create and maintain a consistent digital news strategy.
  • Create content partnerships with community organizations that further our mission of journalism.

QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting or related field required. A minimum of three years journalism experience preferred.
  • Experience with hosting (preferably at an NPR station), newscasting, reporting, equipment operation, and digital editing; experience with platforms like Audacity, Audition, Pro Tools or similar programs is essential.
  • Excellent writing skills and a strong sense of NPR-style story construction.
  • Strong editorial and ethical judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with colleagues, contacts and listeners.
  • Ability to supervise employees in professional journalism practices.
  • Ability to remain productive during periods of intense activity.
  • Familiarity with public radio news reporting standards and style.
  • Knowledge of web content management systems and social media engagement a plus.
  • Licensed driver with reliable transportation.

Organizational Overview

89.1 WBOI is an award-winning, community-licensed NPR station focused on delivering news, information, arts and local music programming to nearly 100,000 listeners each month.

We are dedicated to:

  1. Creating and presenting exceptional content for the communities we serve
  2. Growing our audience, strengthen community participation, collaboration, and engagement, commensurate with the growth and revitalization of our region.
  3. Remodeling our new building at 210 E. Jefferson in downtown Fort Wayne, and relocating by 2019.
  4. Building the strongest team of journalists and storytellers in Indiana.
  5. Strengthening our impact in greater Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana as an essential community and regional resource.

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second-largest city – located in Allen County, Indiana’s largest county by size, with a population of 355,000. Consistently cited for high quality of life and low cost of living, Fort Wayne is nearly equidistant from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following materials to Katy Anderson, 89.1 WBOI Program Director, at: kanderson@nipr.fm:

  • A detailed resume.
  • A narrative (up to two pages) discussing your approach to journalism, potential opportunities for 89.1 WBOI news, and how your experience qualifies you for this position.
  • Samples of your work, which could include:
  • Audio samples that showcase your production and hosting experience.
  • Writing samples – scripts, web stories
  • Names and contact information, including email addresses, for up to five work references, including at least one supervisory reference. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Volunteers

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