Report and produce video/multimedia stories from Central Washington on a variety of topics full-time for Cascade Public Media. The Yakima-based Multimedia Journalist is an established cross-platform journalism professional with a firm grasp of modern news reporting, visual storytelling and audience engagement techniques.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Conduct in-depth research/interviews to develop distinctive story ideas on various topics
- Pitch enterprise stories and multimedia projects that engage digital and broadcast audiences
- Display keen judgment, able to identify relevant and enterprise topics ahead of the curve
- Enterprise and develop story leads via independent sources, community awareness and social listening practices
- Serves as the organization’s go-to person for editorial, operational and community needs within the Central Washington region. Will be expected to inform CPM team of area-specific trends and opportunities. MMJ will be both CPM-pioneer and proprietor for the rich issues, ideas and civic engagement unique to Central Washington.
- Exemplify strong self-starter and time-management traits as MMJ will be more often working in solo environments
- Manage pre-production assignment planning and logistics
- Research, gather and produce story elements independently, as well as occasionally part of a team, to complete multimedia projects
- Maintain close communication with newsroom on assignment status and support needs
- Prioritize short and long-term editorial plans; assignments, community events, source development, etc.
- Meticulously self-manage story deadlines
III. Content and Program Production
- Work with the Executive Editor to create a culture of mutual respect, support and collaboration in the Cascade Public Media newsroom
- Develop an effective and efficient workflow for CPM visual storytelling
- Inspire and mentor our visual teams to advance through timely and constructive input, and professional development opportunities
- Develop a culture where data is used daily to measure performance of our local content, and to inform story angles, experimentation and future planning
- Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field or equivalent experience required
- Minimum of five years of video producing/multimedia/journalism experience; ability to produce text, video and digital content required
- Demonstrates excellent editorial judgment; possess journalistic reporting skills; and facility with an array of multimedia storytelling tools and techniques
- Experience with prosumer level video and photography hardware and associated gathering and production workflows
- Knowledge of common newsroom applications such as Content Management Systems, Adobe CC/Premiere Pro, Slack, Trello, preferred
- Strong social media skills, including an active news hound presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Ability to both self-generate creative projects and work with restrictions to meet very specific project/initiative needs
- Demonstrated ability to uphold high ethical standards of professional journalism
- Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods
- Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
- Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Washington State driver license
- Ability to travel across the region on behalf of Cascade Public Media
- Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds unassisted
- Ability to work some evenings, weekends, holidays and in inclement weather
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