KERA Mental Health Reporter

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 4:53 PM
    Message # 6379092

    KERA seeks a creative, enterprising multimedia reporter to help develop and launch an innovative new mental health initiative. The reporter will build on the success of KERA’s award-winning health/science/technology coverage to pioneer this new beat and deliver insightful and deeply reported stories that will shine a spotlight on mental health issues and tackle misconceptions.

    Led by the mental health reporter, the initiative will play out across KERA’s media platforms – primarily radio, digital and social media. The reporter will also take a lead role in public engagement events and videos for digital outlets and television.

    Depth, innovation and collaboration will be at the center of this job: The reporter will be equally adept at covering breaking news, creating compelling narratives from deep dives into research, cultivating sources and producing one-of-a-kind audio, video and digital projects. The job will be based in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, but will have statewide and national reach: KERA leads the Texas Station Collaborative, and is part of NPR’s partnership with Kaiser Health News.

    Duties of the Reporter

    • Develop and build a new beat reporting on mental health in North Texas and beyond. Create engaging multimedia stories from reporting, interviews, data and analysis. Bring a distinctive style and approach and find creative ways to report on an issue that touches almost everyone. The goal: High impact with deep substance.
    • Work collaboratively as part of KERA’s team to build expertise, contribute compelling story ideas, and experiment with innovative storytelling techniques to create a new initiative from the ground up.
    • Build and maintain a community around the beat – locally, statewide and nationally. Create, curate and participate in in-person and social media events and campaigns.
    • Cover breaking news in North Texas and beyond for KERA News. Develop distinctive stories, from quick turns to in-depth projects, focused in the KERA listening area; and tailor content to multiple platforms for KERA as assigned.
    • Actively participate in KERA fundraising campaigns and other duties as assigned.

    Essential Qualifications

    • Passion for and experience in journalism about health and/or mental health.
    • Undergraduate degree in journalism or related field.
    • Three or more years of professional journalism experience, and proven research, writing, and reporting skills.
    • The highest journalistic and ethical standards, with an absolute dedication to accuracy, fairness and attention to detail.
    • Strong audio reporting and production skills, and comfort behind a microphone.
    • Eagerness to explore and develop innovative digital, social and video skills.
    • Previous experience building a beat, developing topical expertise and bringing a fresh  perspective to vital issues, prioritizing impact.
    • Ability to generate dynamic, creative story ideas.
    • Willingness to experiment with storytelling methods and to adapt to changing platforms and audience needs.
    • Agility to shift journalistic modes quickly and nimbly: from deadline reporting to developing explainers; from deep investigative work to producing live events.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in reporting and sourcing. Ability to work within a diverse team with varying perspectives, ideas and life experience.
    • Experience building audiences and communities online, and using connections made within an online community for reporting.
    • A commitment to cooperation, teamwork, curiosity, and diversity.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Deep expertise in mental health issues.
    • Proven record of excellence in public radio journalism.
    • Knowledge of Texas and particularly North Texas.
    • Experience with one or more of the following: multimedia production, particularly photography or video; hands-on audio editing and innovative audio storytelling; working with one or more content management systems; other relevant technical expertise.

    How to Apply

    Please provide a cover letter, resume and recent work samples.

    E-mail to:
    Fax to: 214-740-9323
    Mail to: KERA, Attn. Human Resources, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75201


    North Texas Public Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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