WEMU Is Hiring: General Assignment Reporter

Jul 22, 2016

Deadline is open ended at the moment.

Go here to apply: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/emichedu/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=1488956 89.1 WEMU is looking to fill a position in our local news department with the hiring of a Full Time, General Assignment Reporter. WEMU is a mixed format (music/news), NPR affiliated, public radio station licensed to the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University. Our studios are located in Ypsilanti, MI on the campus of EMU in historic King Hall. To learn more about WEMU, please visitwww.wemu.org

Flexibility is a must. The ideal candidate will be able to fill in as one of our substitute hosts during vacations and holidays for both Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as assigned, and may be assigned to cover events (including breaking news) outside of regular hours, including weekends. He or she will be an experienced reporter and host with impeccable news judgment who is deeply curious about life in the region WEMU serves (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Washtenaw County/Southeast Michigan) and well grounded in national and international events. The reporter will have undertaken enterprising reporting projects, authoritatively anchored breaking news, conducted news-making interviews and engaged audiences in informed conversation on broadcast and social-media platforms.

Our news team works under the functional supervision of the News Director and under the administrative supervision of the Program Director. You will be expected to produce daily news for radio newscasts, in-depth radio features, and special reports as assigned. You may be asked to assist student reporters, anchor radio newscasts, appear as a guest on programs, or host programs. Increasing Web involvement is expected.

Reporting/Anchoring: 85%

Selects and researches topics; contacts and interviews sources; maintains notes and audio recordings; writes and edits reports; produces and voices reports for air. Produces news as assigned by News Director. Reports stories in appropriate forms for broadcast (live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, voicer, wrap, feature, series, documentary, studio two-way, etc.) May be asked to anchor newscasts or host programs. Occasionally serves regional and national networks.

Planning: 10%

Reads and follows major developments in local market. Subscribes to pertinent publications and attends related events. Maintains contact lists and files for on-going continuity of coverage and accumulation of knowledge. Proactively participates in the creative cycle of story and program origination with reporters, supervisors, producers and other staff.

Administration and Other: 5% 

The Reporter attends meetings and is responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned. Also will be called upon to participate in station fundraising campaigns and community-building events.


The Reporter adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The Reporter works in close concert with other staff and under the functional supervision of the WEMU News Director, assisting in identifying, developing and creating programs that support WEMU's overall mission.