90.5 WESA Seeks Reporter - Transportation & Development

Mar 22, 2017

Position Overview

This reporter provides regular, in-depth coverage of how the people of the Pittsburgh region build their community and move about it in their daily lives.   This reporter is comfortable reporting stories in multiple media: audio, text, video, information graphics and social media, and is adept at covering the beat through a mixture of timely spot reporting and in-depth reports.   The position requires familiarity with trends and theories in housing, transportation, architecture, urban planning and sustainable development, and a willingness to continually hone and deepen that knowledge.  It also requires skill in translating that expertise into compelling and accessible story-telling.  It requires a willingness to connect with audiences via social media and in-person engagement.  This full-time exempt position reports to the News Director.

Major Responsibilities

  • Research, report, write and produce multimedia spot and enterprise story packages for WESA’s air and its digital platforms, at a rate that meets the productivity goals attached to the beat by newsroom managers.
  • Take ownership of the beat and strive to be the market’s best-informed, best-known, most productive reporter on the beat topic.
  • Consistently generate and pitch creative, thoughtful and original story ideas in multiple media, while being willing to accept and willingly execute assignments from newsroom managers.
  • Demonstrate or gain expertise in doing live reports, whether from the field or in-studio.
  • Be skilled at mixing and editing one’s own audio reports.
  • Be skilled at writing text versions of stories that are not merely “webified” scripts, but take advantage of the medium’s opportunities for depth, context and different story-telling approaches.
  • Be willing and able willing to take still photos and video in the field to fill out multimedia stories, when WESA digital producers are not available to do so.
  • Use social media regularly, adeptly and responsibly to engage and grow audiences, crowdsource stories and expand one’s source base.  
  • Be willing to work during off hours and weekends as needed to fulfill beat responsibilities.
  • Be willing to work whenever needed to help WESA rise to the moment of major breaking stories or community crises.
  • Understand that helping to conceive and execute civic engagement activities, particularly those related to this beat, is a responsibility of WESA beat reporters.
  • Make public appearances as opportunity arises to enhance the beat’s and WESA’s brand.
  • Participate in on-air and online fundraising as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism-related field or equivalent experience / training
  • One or more years of reporting in a professional broadcast newsroom environment with multimedia news content training and experience
  • Strong on-air reporting, writing and technical skills as well as a commitment to and understanding of multi-platform journalism; ability to write for both broadcast and web audiences
  • Ability to gather quality audio in the field, to edit and mix ably for use on air or digital platforms.
  • Self-motivated team player with a track record of producing daily news stories and features of interest to local audiences
  • Sound and ethical judgment, with a commitment to standards of objectivity, balance and fairness
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Well informed in a wide range of areas beyond current events
  • Knowledge of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania is helpful
  • Demonstrated ability to shoot and edit video and photos
  • Experience posting to a variety of social media platforms, showing both creativity and sound judgment
  • Up-to-date knowledge of new media techniques and a commitment to following and embracing advances in technology
  • Ability to travel throughout the region and work flexible hours when necessary, including reliable vehicle, current driver license, clean driving record, and adequate auto insurance

WESA offers:

Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is diverse and progressive. 


Applicants are invited to send cover letter, resume, samples of professional work and three references to reporter1@wesa.fm.  Please, no phone calls.

WESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.