Nashville Public Radio Seeks Growth Reporter

Jul 12, 2016

  Nashville Public Radio is hiring a reporter focused on growing pains.

The recent boom in Nashville and Middle Tennessee has created friction — transit, preservation, gentrification, rising rents, crowded schools, changing neighborhoods. WPLN needs a reporter who has a sharp eye and can observe trends and note changes, and then find the voices who can tell that story on the radio and online.

This journalist will join a newsroom that consistently wins national awards among its public radio peers. Most of our longer stories wind up airing on national programs because WPLN has developed a reputation for high-quality work. The station has even been a key collaborator with NPR in recent years on long-term projects (examples here, here and here).

We have a newsroom committed to doing our jobs really well, with the time and resources to make it happen. We understand the demands of the daily news cycle and embrace experimentation. Our staff has diverse interests and backgrounds. And we aspire to better reflect the increasing diversity in Nashville.

We like to laugh and have full lives. We are active members of our community. That’s how we get our best story ideas.

We're looking for someone with experience diving into messy stories and emerging with something clear and thoughtful. It’s a plus if you've covered diverse communities, poverty or development in the past. Hosting experience is also a plus, since we are a relatively small shop and can always use some backup. Nashville is still a car town, so this reporter does need reliable transportation. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including health insurance and 401k.

And above all, we want somebody who is fun to work with and makes us better at what we do. Come join us.

— Blake Farmer, News Director

Please submit a resume, references, and examples of reporting to Nashville Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.