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Staff Reporter – Changing Region

Posted 
September 11, 2019

Overview

Cascade Public Media is looking for a staff writer to help produce high-quality explanatory and solutions-oriented reporting about the dramatic changes underway in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including transportation and development, as well as social issues stemming from these changes. The ideal candidate will be a wildly curious go-getter who asks surprising, incisive questions and tirelessly seeks out answers. The writer will work with a team of seasoned journalists, video producers, social media wizards and web developers to make Crosscut and its sister organization KCTS 9 public television essential sources of news, analysis and perspective for the region. This is a grant-funded position that ends on Sept. 30, 2020.   

Key Job Responsibilities

  1. Provide comprehensive coverage of a variety of topics, as assigned by the News & Politics Editor
  2. Develop a network of contacts in the community that can help identify stories that are not being covered by other media outlets
  3. Produce 2-5 reported stories each week that meet journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness and quality
  4. Collaborate with photographers, videographers and web developers in the newsroom to create stories that are visually compelling and incorporate a range of media
  5. Copy-edit and back-read stories, as needed, prior to publication
  6. Serve as a Crosscut representative at community events and working with partner organizations
  7. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field or equivalent experience required
  2. Demonstrated ability to digest complex information and communicate it in a way that is engaging and understandable to a broad audience
  3. Excellent writing and reporting skills
  4. Ability to collect, quickly digest and analyze government documents and emails to write about official actions in an insightful and fair manner
  5. Interest in public policy a must; familiarity with Seattle or other city government a plus
  6. Highest integrity and commitment to journalistic standards
  7. Diligence in pursuing information, interviews and public records requests
  8. Pathological attention to detail
  9. Familiarity with collecting, analyzing and presenting data
  10. Ability to manage complex, longer-term writing projects while maintaining beat coverage
  11. Photo and multimedia skills highly desirable

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 

  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods

​​​Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.

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