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Houston Public Media Positions

  • Senior News Producer

    Our Senior Producers are key players in both daily news coverage as well as in shaping the future direction of our newsroom. They are multi-platform journalists, familiar with the needs of broadcast radio but who also have extensive and sophisticated skills in writing and editing news content for the web and for using social media to distribute serious, issue-oriented journalism to the widest audience.

    For this particular position, we’re putting an emphasis on web and social media skills. Our senior producers know what makes a good digital story and are adept at both transforming radio scripts into compelling digital pieces as well as reporting and writing their own original content. They know what goes into crafting a compelling digital piece, everything from writing headlines, to sourcing images to creating charts, graphics and other multimedia elements. Experience working with social media and audience engagement is a plus.

    We’re looking for candidates who are also innovative and enterprising, who are able to work with our team of broadcast journalists to develop story elements especially for the web and who may have had experience fostering collaborations with other news organizations.

    We’re looking for passionate journalists to help us in our quest to create stronger, more engaging news content. Houston is one of the most dynamic local news markets anywhere. Working in our newsroom offers very few opportunities to be bored but many chances to report consequential stories often of national importance. We’re part of “The Texas Newsroom” project, collaborating with NPR and Texas public radio stations to produce statewide newscasts, radio features, and web stories.

    To apply, you must do so through the University of Houston Careers website.

 

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.

  • 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