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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.

  • Statewide Newscaster/Producer

    Location: Houston, TX
    Hiring Station: KUHF-FM

    We’re looking for two Newscasters to anchor a live statewide newscast operation. One Statewide Newscaster will be employed in Austin at KUT; the other will be employed at Houston Public Media. Both are managing stations in the Hub, as is Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. KERA in Dallas is the lead station. Read More >

    The Newscasters write and deliver live newscasts for Texas stations. Between them, the Newscasters are responsible for creating six newscasts each weekday, ensuring that content is refreshed as news warrants and stories are updated as they develop. One Newscaster focuses on mornings, the other on afternoons.

    They conduct interviews, collect sound, write copy and announce live and recorded versions of the stories for air on Texas stations.

    The newscasters also report statewide stories and produce spots for use in local and national newscasts and generate content for digital platforms.

     Responsibilities:

    • Organize, craft, and anchor live newscasts.
    • Report daily stories for broadcast and digital platforms.
    • Collect audio and write scripts for newscasts and stories for digital platforms.
    • Work collaboratively with stations across Texas and with NPR’s national newscasts.

    Required Skills:

    • At least two years in journalism.
    • Experience as a newscaster.
    • Excellent writing and reporting skills for both audio and digital platforms.
    • Polished broadcast presentation and sound.
    • Strong news judgment, ensuring fairness and accuracy, and adhering to ethical standards.
    • Commitment to showcasing diverse voices and viewpoints.
    • Ability to turn material quickly and respond to breaking news.
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required; media or journalism degree preferred

    Preferred Skills:

    • Public media experience, particularly in newscast production.
    • Experience working in collaborative organizations.
    • Experience with and credibility in Texas journalism and/or with NPR.
    • Spanish-language skills are a plus.

    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

  • 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

  • Statewide Newscast Editor/Producer

    Location: Austin, TX
    Hiring Station: KUT-FM

    We’re looking for a Newscast Editor/Producer to build and lead a live statewide newscast operation, and to help link local, regional and national newsrooms. The Editor/Producer will be based in Austin at KUT, one of the Hub’s managing stations and home of the statewide newsmagazine “Texas Standard.” The Hub’s lead station is KERA in Dallas; the other managing stations are Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. Read More >

    The Statewide Newscast Editor/Producer will oversee the production of at least six live weekday newscasts throughout the day, serving as coordinator, editor and producer.

    The Editor/Producer is responsible for implementing and sustaining a workflow with the morning and afternoon newscasters that ensure a sound-rich, in-the-moment headline service.

    The Editor/Producer will identify stories with statewide and national potential that are not being covered by the stations and will produce and edit spots for use in local, statewide and national newscasts. The editor/producer will coordinate with the Hub Managing Editor and Senior Editors to identify events for coverage through spot stories and more in-depth/feature reporting.

    The Editor/Producer will work with the Newscasters to create and edit content for digital platforms, ensuring that the news on the radio also appears on desktop, mobile and social platforms.

    During breaking news situations, the Editor/Producer may serve as the lead operations producer and may travel to coordinate operations.

    This person may also serve as a backup newscaster.

    Responsibilities:

    • Lead breaking coverage for statewide newscasts.
    • Edit newscast scripts and serve as liaison to national newscast.
    • Work with statewide newscasters to arrange newscasts and with station reporters/editors to collect sound and updates for newscasts.
    • Work with station staff to identify and curate audio from feature reporting, talk shows and other programming that has statewide relevance.
    • Plan for next newscast cycles; identify stories with newscast potential, follow-up opportunities.
    • Report newscast stories as needed/assigned. Prepare daily news reports for digital platforms.
    • Responsible for sound of newscasts and performs regular airchecks.
    • Serve as chief connector for operations/engineering staffs at the four managing stations and at NPR.
    • Oversee the operation of self-op studios at four managing stations.

    Required Skills:

    • At least three years in journalism.
    • Strong editing, writing and reporting skills for audio and digital platforms.
    • Strong presentation and vocal skills.
    • Ability to multitask, turn material quickly and respond to breaking news.
    • Expertise in stations operations.
    • 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:

    • Public media knowledge is a plus, particularly in newscast production.
    • Experience as a newscast producer/editor.
    • Experience working in collaborative organizations.
    • Experience with and credibility in Texas journalism and/or with NPR.
    • Spanish-language skills are a plus.

    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

  • Statewide Newscaster

    Location: Austin, TX
    Hiring Station: KUT-FM

    We’re looking for two Newscasters to anchor a live statewide newscast operation. One Statewide Newscaster will be employed in Austin at KUT; the other will be employed at Houston Public Media. Both are managing stations in the Hub, as is Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. KERA in Dallas is the lead station. Read More >

    The Newscasters write and deliver live newscasts for Texas stations. Between them, the Newscasters are responsible for creating six newscasts each weekday, ensuring that content is refreshed as news warrants and stories are updated as they develop. One Newscaster focuses on mornings, the other on afternoons.

    They conduct interviews, collect sound, write copy and announce live and recorded versions of the stories for air on Texas stations.

    The newscasters also report statewide stories and produce spots for use in local and national newscasts and generate content for digital platforms.

     Responsibilities:

    • Organize, craft, and anchor live newscasts.
    • Report daily stories for broadcast and digital platforms.
    • Collect audio and write scripts for newscasts and stories for digital platforms.
    • Work collaboratively with stations across Texas and with NPR’s national newscasts.

    Required Skills:

    • At least two years in journalism.
    • Experience as a newscaster.
    • Excellent writing and reporting skills for both audio and digital platforms.
    • Polished broadcast presentation and sound.
    • Strong news judgment, ensuring fairness and accuracy, and adhering to ethical standards.
    • Commitment to showcasing diverse voices and viewpoints.
    • Ability to turn material quickly and respond to breaking news.
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required; media or journalism degree preferred

    Preferred Skills:

    • Public media experience, particularly in newscast production.
    • Experience working in collaborative organizations.
    • Experience with and credibility in Texas journalism and/or with NPR.
    • Spanish-language skills are a plus.

    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.

    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

 

Houston Public Media Positions

  • Supervising News Producer

    This is a RADIO producer position. We’re looking for a journalist who loves the day-to-day challenge of covering the biggest stories in Houston, the nation’s sixth largest radio market. Our Supervising Producer works with our news team to determine the day’s “big story”, then books newsmakers, journalists and experts to talk about it live (or sometimes live-to-tape). The Supervising Producer generates content for a variety platforms including newscasts, talk shows, our website and for social media.

    The Supervising Producer must be skilled at doing two-way interviews for broadcast, must have a conversational voicing style suitable for public broadcasting, must be able to work collaboratively with our news team, must have an enterprising mindset and must have an affinity for the kind of serious, issue-oriented journalism for which NPR and its member stations are known.

    To apply, you must go through the University of Houston Careers page. Once there, please remember to provide resume, cover letter, three professional references and links to audio samples of your work.

  • 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.

 

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