Michigan Radio, NPR’s largest member station in the state, is the place audiences come to for a deeper perspective about Michigan stories that show what’s at stake and why it matters. Its newsroom is looking for a curious, meticulous, and thorough data reporter.
The right candidate will be passionate about stories of interest to Michigan and beyond- whether those are projects they lead, or they’re using their skills to support other members of the news team. They will be experts in using data and documents to point to some under-recognized but important thing/trend/problem. Though we may write about systems and regulations, our stories focus on the people involved.
The data reporter will pitch and report their own stories, and collaborate with their fellow reporters, under the supervision of the news director. The stories and formats will vary, so being nimble is a plus! We produce newscast spots, sound-rich features, long form investigations, and digital-only projects.
- Filing public records requests and appeals
- Writing concise, tight, evocative copy for the ear
- Working on a team, under deadline, with humor
- Managing multiple projects simultaneously
- Audio recording equipment and editing software
- Has a demonstrated aptitude for data science: Acquiring, cleaning, and analyzing data; coding; creating visualizations in ways that tell a story
- Is proficient in the database management and analysis tools of their choice
- Has an aptitude for explaining data science – its uses and values – to colleagues with less experience using data to support their journalism. The right candidate enjoys assisting colleagues with projects in a support role, and can help impart best practices throughout the newsroom
- Understands what makes a good story and is comfortable and nimble working in a variety of platforms (broadcast, digital, podcast), and treatments (sound-rich features, host/reporter 2-ways, print/digital) to tell those stories
- Has demonstrated storytelling capabilities. We want a candidate who can find and write their own enterprising stories, in addition to a supportive role.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience is required.
The data reporter will have the opportunity to work with other passionate journalists who have produced projects like the Peabody-winning podcast Believed, and nationally recognized coverage of the Flint water crisis. We are a small but mighty team that consistently punches above its weight. We are not on the coasts, though we have lots of coastline – and even more opportunities to tell meaningful stories than those big city markets.
What happens here in Michigan is often a bellwether for the nation: from education challenges to clean drinking water; municipal bankruptcy to the uneven rebuilding of a great American city; manufacturing and international trade; the auto industry; legacy industrial pollution and the stewardship of the Great Lakes; and a major swing state in presidential elections.
Michigan is home to world-class universities, the second-most diverse agriculture industry in the country, incredible natural beauty, and many diverse communities of color, including one of the largest Arab American communities in the country.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eight day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
Michigan Radio believes news organizations do their best work when they reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for people from all backgrounds, identities and ages.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
How To Apply:
Apply online at www.umjobs.org and click on Keyword. Enter the following Job# 183255. Follow online application instructions. Please upload a cover letter and resume. No phone calls, faxes, or emailed applications will be accepted.