NHPR Seeks Policy & Politics Reporter

May 1, 2017

NHPR is seeking a curious, enterprising and creative reporter to join our State of Democracy project, a multiplatform initiative to uncover and investigate the deeper stories behind New Hampshire policies and politics. In this position you’ll help lead coverage for this unit, finding stories that illustrate the origin and impact of policy decisions on the residents of New Hampshire. You’ll help cover the State House during the legislative session, but this is not primarily a political reporting position in the traditional sense.  While your story leads might originate in committee hearings or on the campaign trail, the majority of your reporting should take you away from the political theater – to schools, businesses, homes and communities around the state where the effects of political decisions are actually felt.

While you will file radio stories, you’ll also be innovative in the use of digital media, including video, social media and blogs.  We are looking for a reporter with a naturally collaborative mindset – eager to work with other reporters, editors and digital staff in producing ambitious, enterprise journalism that has an impact on New Hampshire’s political and policy discussions. The right candidate could come from any background in journalism: a beat reporter looking to get away from daily deadline work; a freelancer eager to join a growing newsroom; a seasoned journalist seeking a position where they can put all of their skills and experiences to use.  This position reports to the News Director.

New Hampshire Public Radio is an award-winning media company that delivers news, information, analysis, arts and entertainment programming to 177,000 weekly listeners across the state and region.  We are located in Concord, New Hampshire. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain deep knowledge of New Hampshire political issues and news events
  • Cover political campaigns across New Hampshire including state races
  • Develop in-depth reports on complex issues, policies and trends
  • Participate in the planning and execution of debate and election coverage
  • Produce occasional multipart in-depth series and participate in the development and production of special programming and editorial initiatives
  • Provide general assignment and breaking news coverage as required
  • Periodically appear as a guest on programs including The Exchange, All Things Considered and Morning Edition 
  • Report on radio and digital platforms using a variety of tools including blogs, infographics and video
  • Utilize social media applications, such as Facebook, Twitter and others to disseminate news to the NHPR audience
  • Participate in station fundraising, live appearances and sponsorship activities as required
  • Engage diverse target audiences by connecting digitally on topics of interest via blogs, Twitter and other outlets
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of four years of reporting experience and demonstrated initiative in developing sources to produce original news coverage
  • Demonstrated news judgment and experience covering politics
  • Broadcast journalism experience preferred
  • Ability to analyze data and experience using data to tell political and/or policy-related stories
  • Working knowledge of New Hampshire and political issues desirable
  • Technologically versatile with willingness to expand skills.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required and advanced multi-media skills, including experience in producing or editing digital media is desirable (e.g., video, computer assisted reporting, interactive media)
  • Good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation required
  • B.A. in a related field or the equivalent.

NHPR is an equal opportunity employer

Please apply through the job opportunities page of our website, NHPR.org, or through this link: https://nhpr.applicantpro.com/jobs/