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Houston Public Media Positions

  • Account Executive – Market Engenuity

    Market Enginuity is seeking a determined and persuasive sales professional to join our public media sales team representing Houston Public Media (PBS TV 8 | NPR News 88.7 | Classical) in Houston, TX. This is an exceptional opportunity for a mission-minded and innovative person to join our team and generate sponsorship revenue for radio, TV, on-demand audio, digital media and events. Make an impact while working with a team of smart, creative, collaborative colleagues.

    In this outside sales position, you will sell broadcast, digital media and event sponsorships by developing new business and growing an account list.

    An account executive in public media is similar to that of a salesperson in commercial broadcasting or local digital media. In this consultative sales role, you will make sales calls to decision-makers at local businesses to understand their marketing needs and develop proposals that offer marketing solutions to help them grow their businesses. This is a full life-cycle sales position – you will prospect, conduct needs assessments, create and present proposals supported by relevant research, secure the sale, develop copy and service the account.

    To apply, you must go through the the Market Engenuity Careers page. Once there, please click “Apply,” and provide your resume, contact information, and other documents as needed.

 

Texas News Hub Positions

NPR and its member stations are creating an innovative new system of regional news hubs designed to reshape the journalism landscape — and the prototype is being built in Texas. See below for available employment opportunities at Houston Public Media, KERA in Dallas, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, and KUT in Austin.

  • Managing Editor

    Location: Dallas, TX
    Hiring Station: KERA-FM

    We’re looking for a dynamic leader to link local, regional and national news efforts on radio and digital platforms. The Managing Editor will be employed in Dallas at KERA, lead station for the collaboration between the network and the Texas stations. The other three managing stations are KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. Read More >

    The Managing Editor leads implementation of the Hub’s regional coverage strategy, expanding a Texas news collaboration that covers stories in urgent and enterprising ways. In consultation with station and NPR leaders, the Managing Editor will define the Hub’s editorial vision and develop the strategy for executing it. 

    The Managing Editor is responsible for setting daily and long-term coverage priorities for statewide newscasts, radio reports and digital content. This editor will make decisions about the resources needed for major breaking news and for stories developed and managed by the Hub; they will work in concert with stations and the network to execute. The Managing Editor will enforce editorial and ethical standards for content produced through the Hub.

    The Managing Editor is the principal contact for station leaders and for NPR, and will develop daily, weekly and long-term communication structures. The Managing Editor will work with NPR to ensure the Texas News Hub is represented in the network’s editorial planning and connected to appropriate NPR staff.

    The Managing Editor will integrate metrics into all hub activities. The Managing Editor will develop and share best practices among emerging regional hubs.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop the editorial vision for the Hub, to include statewide newscasts, feature stories, digital and enterprise journalism. Partner with stations and NPR to articulate the goals and desired outcomes for a Texas newsroom.
    • Serve as central point of contact for editorial leaders at the stations and at NPR. Ensure that communication occurs in a 360-degree view, so that station priorities are communicated to NPR and vice versa. Resolve conflicts with focus on audience needs rather than internal wants.
    • Oversee development and expansion of statewide newscasts.
    • Supervise all Hub staff. Direct daily work, assigning tasks and deploying staff as necessary. Coach staff in developing professional skills and create long-term improvement plans. Write performance evaluations. Lead and inspire.
    • Create, update and ensure implementation of a breaking news response plan for stories of statewide and national interest. Assist stations in developing local breaking news plans that dovetail with the statewide plan.
    • Conduct regular check-ins with editors at the four managing stations; with NPR editor assigned to the Hub; with smaller stations around the state.
    • Implement a communication process for everything from daily logistics to long-term planning, using one-to-one calls, conference calls, interactive collaboration tools (Slack, etc.).
    • Oversee story planning for the short-term (daily news), middle-term (features) and long-term (projects) on radio and digital platforms. Ensure processes are inclusive and that desired outcomes are broadly shared. Enforce deadlines.
    • Define best practices for production of on-air and digital content, with an audience-first mindset. Provide regular feedback on story execution, identifying strengths and areas for improvement.
    • Strengthen digital journalism capacity, defining digital responsibilities for each member of the Hub staff and integrating digital production into the daily workflow. Build visual storytelling capacity.
    • Perform hands-on editing as needed. Edit/review controversial or sensitive content. Edit/review enterprise and investigative stories.
    • Conduct regular station visits and schedule station visits for other Hub staff members. Identify training opportunities for local reporters and lead planning and execution.
    • Develop, in concert with NPR and stations, an ongoing statewide training program.

    Required Skills:

    • Strong leadership skills as demonstrated by at least three years in a supervisory and/or management position.
    • Strategic thinker with project-management experience.
    • Record of excellent communication in person and in remote situations.
    • Proven journalism skills that include reporting, producing, editing.
    • Understanding of both on-air and digital journalism production; experience in both platforms preferred.
    • Dedication to diversity in sourcing, topics and approaches is a must.
    • Maintain editorial standards of accuracy, thoroughness, ethics, balance and diversity.
    • Report from and work in the field as assigned.
    • Ability to exercise sound news judgment and generate factual, error-free online copy quickly in breaking news situations.
    • Strong content editing/proofreading abilities, including knowledge of AP style.
    • Strategic thinker, with the ability to work with others to put together detailed, easy-to-understand plans.
    • Passionate and enthusiastic about online journalism and local news opportunities in Texas.
    • Dedication to diversity a must.
    • Valid driver’s license and insurance required for assignments/activities that involve work outside of the office. Must maintain a clean driving record.
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field or equivalent required; media or journalism degree preferred.

    Preferred Skills:

    • Experience working in collaborative organizations.
    • Experience working in public media.
    • Experience developing new products.
    • Deep knowledge of Texas people, cultures, issues, and geography as well as national and international issues, and events.
    • Fluent in multiple languages. Spanish-language skills are a plus.
    • Experience with and credibility in Texas journalism and/or with NPR.

    The hiring station is working with Stone Alliance to recruit for this position. If you are interested, please send an email along with your resume to mstone@stonealliancegroup.com

  • Senior Editor

    Location: San Antonio, TX
    Hiring Station: Texas Public Radio

    We’re looking for two Senior Editors to help link local, regional and national news efforts on radio and digital platforms. One Senior Editor will be employed in Dallas at KERA, lead station for the collaboration between the network and the Texas stations. The other Senior Editor will be employed in San Antonio at Texas Public Radio, one of the Texas Hub’s managing stations. The other managing stations are KUT in Austin and Houston Public Media. Read More >

    The Senior Editors will work together to run daily operations, editing and coordinating features, spots and newscasts for Texas audiences while identifying and producing content with national appeal for NPR audiences.

    The Senior Editors are the center of communication for daily content, keeping the Managing Editor apprised of developing stories and updating station and network editors as warranted. They create and update schedules, and edit newscasts as assigned.

    The Senior Editors have the responsibility for crafting high-quality stories for on-air and digital platforms. They will move fluidly between platforms and will organize workflows and daily responsibilities accordingly.

    As part of their responsibility for high-quality statewide news coverage, the Senior Editors will report stories themselves as needed.

    The Senior Editors will enforce quality control, conducting regular aircheck review/critique sessions with reporters about on-air and digital content. They’ll lead coaching and training sessions within the Hub and with station staffs.

    Each Senior Editor will take responsibility for a portfolio of topics (immigration, education, state politics, etc.), communicating regularly with station reporters and network editors covering those topics. Senior Editors will use their awareness and topical expertise to identify opportunities for enterprise reporting, convene brainstorming sessions and connect with the work of NPR beat teams.

    Responsibilities:

    • Plan and edit content generated through the Hub: audio, digital and video. Provide both front-end and hands-on editing for breaking news, feature and enterprise stories, working with station and network reporters and newscasters.
    • Create and update daybook, ensuring that changes in story focus and deadlines are transparent to both stations and NPR.
    • Report daily and breaking stories as needed. Deploy to cover major stories and disasters.
    • Conduct regular airchecks/critiques of reporters. Provide feedback and coaching, in collaboration with station news leaders. Critique digital content, make improvements in real-time as needed, establish best practices.
    • Edit statewide newscasts as assigned.
    • Enforce editorial and ethical standards for content managed through the Hub.

    Required Skills:

    • Strong leadership skills, demonstrated by project, beat or newsroom accomplishment.
    • At least two years of editing experience. Strong audio and digital editing skills, as demonstrated by work samples and recommendations.
    • Experience with or familiarity of public media.
    • Experience planning and editing coverage across platforms. Understanding of both on-air and digital journalism production; experience in both platforms preferred.
    • Dedication to diversity in sourcing, topics and approaches is a must.
    • Commitment to editorial standards of accuracy, thoroughness, ethics, balance and diversity.
    • Ability to exercise sound news judgment and generate factual, error-free copy quickly in breaking news situations.
    • Strong content editing/proofreading abilities, including knowledge of AP style.
    • Strategic thinker with project-management vision and experience.
    • Ability to report from and work in the field as assigned.
    • Dedication to diversity a must.
    • Valid driver’s license and insurance required for assignments/activities that involve work outside of the office. Must maintain a clean driving record.
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field or equivalent required; media or journalism degree preferred.

     Preferred Skills:

    • Experience working in a collaborative organization.
    • Experience editing video.
    • Deep knowledge of Texas people, cultures, issues, and geography as well as national and international issues, and events.
    • Passionate and enthusiastic about online journalism and news opportunities in Texas.
    • Fluent in multiple languages. Spanish-language skills are a plus.

    Schedule:

    The Senior Editors will work staggered shifts:

    • Sunday through Thursday
    • Tuesday through Saturday

    They will deliver fresh audio and digital content on the weekends, ensure coverage for breaking stories and prepare content to help kickstart Monday coverage on the radio and on digital platforms.

    The hiring station is working with Stone Alliance to recruit for this position. If you are interested, please send an email along with your resume to mstone@stonealliancegroup.com

  • Business Manager

    Location: Dallas, TX
    Hiring Station: KERA-FM

    We’re looking for a Business Manager to oversee the finances, metrics and sustainability efforts locally, regionally and nationally. The Business Manager is a two-year position in Dallas at KERA, lead station for the collaboration between the network and the Texas stations. The other three managing stations are KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. Read More >

    The Business Manager is the principal contact for station leaders and business-side staff who share in the responsibility of marketing, selling, fundraising, distributing the content produced by the Texas News Hub. The Business Manager will develop project plans to meet key business objectives as directed by station leadership and circulate daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly project updates and financial reports to key stakeholders.

    The Business Manager will maintain strong communications with all editorial and business leadership who work with the hub. The Business Manager will work with the Managing Editor to define and track metrics, to document engagement and evidence of mission-driven impact and help create an impact measurement process that can be shared with funders.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work with leaders at KERA, Hub stations and NPR to define monthly and quarterly goals and objectives that will build Texas News Hub deliverables.
    • Track, monitor and report on the hub’s finances. Ensure timely handling of reimbursements and payments into and out of the hub.
    • Collaboratively define, track and supervise collection of hub metrics.
    • Design and implement project plans and strategies to promote the attainment of sustainability goals.
    • Identify areas for operational or process improvement that directly affect revenue and sustainability.
    • Identify areas for new product development and conduct analysis to determine the potential revenue and risks of new product development.
    • Assess Hub financial performance against objectives.
    • Ensure adherence to financial-reporting rules and guidelines.

    Required Skills:

    • Demonstrated business acumen, including accounting.
    • Strong organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and ensure deadlines are met.
    • Ability to create and maintain databases to track and report key financial information of the Hub
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
    • Strong collaborative skills, as demonstrated by at least two years in a project management role.
    • Detail-oriented approach to financial and metrics collection and reporting.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct financial analysis.
    • Dedication to diversity a must.
    • Valid driver’s license and insurance required for assignments/activities that involve work outside of the office. Must maintain a clean driving record.
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in business administration or journalism with a business minor; MBA a plus.

    Preferred Skills:

    • Familiar with and experienced in Corporation for Public Broadcasting reporting practices.
    • Experience working in public media or with non-profits.
    • Experience working as or among journalists.
    • Demonstrated experience of having grown an enterprise or product.
    • Understanding of marketing principles.
    • Spanish-language skills are a plus.
    • Enthusiastic about journalism and news opportunities in Texas.

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Please provide a 1) resume and 2) cover letter summarizing professional accomplishments and qualifications for the position. Please also state how you found out about this position. Submit the information as you prefer:

    • Email to: resume@kera.org
    • Fax to: 214.740.9323
    • Mail to: Human Resources, KERA, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75201

 

Internship Opportunities

  • News 88.7 Internship

    The internship is up to 20 hours a week and requires eligibility for course credit (at any school) or the University of Houston’s work-study program.

    We accept interns in the spring, summer and fall.

    Interns help reporters gather audio from press conferences, person-on-the-street and other interviews. They prepare readers and soundbites for newscasts and may produce their own spots for the air, as well as write articles for our website.

    Please send your resume, short motivation letter and any work samples to Florian Martin, fmartin@houstonpublicmedia.org