Reporter II, Climate Emergency
Who We Are:
Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at LAist.com and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.
Climate change has long been covered as a coming crisis, with much of the emphasis on scientific data and corporate and government response. It’s still often portrayed as something abstract that’s going to happen “in the future,” rather than the clear and present danger it has become. The journal Scientific American perhaps said it best:
The planet is heating up way too fast. It’s time for journalism to recognize that the climate emergency is here.
We’ve already seen the effects across the country: intense storms, floods, huge blizzards, and more powerful tornados. Here in California, severe drought, rising heat, and devastating wildfires are becoming prolonged, annual occurrences.
Some communities are feeling the emergency more than others – but everyone will experience the effects in one way or another. We’re hiring a reporter to cover the climate emergency full-time, with an emphasis on how it effects individual, day-to-day lives, particularly in vulnerable communities that have often been overlooked in climate coverage.
It won’t be all doom and gloom. This beat will also focus on innovative proposals and solutions to coping with the climate emergency. The reporter will center this coverage in the points of view of the rich tapestry of Southern California neighborhoods – from the residents of beach communities faced with rising seas to the valleys struggling with prolonged periods of triple-digit temperatures and suffocating air quality.
The climate emergency reporter will be expected to build engagement into the reporting process, actively listening to our current and future audiences for story ideas and reporting leads. They should also enjoy working collaboratively--across the team, the newsroom and potentially with partner organizations.
The pay rate for this opportunity will be no less than $32.94 per hour. Exact pay rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.
- Understand and deploy our promise to practice diversity, equity and inclusion in how we assign edit, produce and distribute our journalism
- Work with community members to identify what they are curious about as it relates to the climate emergency
- Become an expert on how the climate emergency has different effects in different communities in Southern California
- Originate, research, write and produce stand-out content for both KPCC and LAist. The vast majority of your work should be enterprise
- Join KPCC’s on-air hosts for live interviews
- Conduct field and in-studio interviews, gather sound and scenes for broadcast stories
- Assemble, write, edit, voice and mix great audio stories, the kind that make people stop to listen
- Write and edit compelling digital stories with visual and interactive elements, the kind that people will take the time to finish
- Collaborate with editors and producers to amplify and distribute stories to the broadest possible audience.
- Offer story ideas, guidance and subject matter expertise to your SCPR colleagues
- Ensure that all stories comply with SCPR standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness and balance
- Participate in newsroom trainings
- Participate in live events hosted by SCPR
- Cover breaking news events including those not on your assigned beat
- Pitch specials and projects and big ideas. We love big ideas!
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Become and remain a member in good standing of SAG-AFTRA by the thirtieth (30th) day of employment
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- Three or more years’ experience reporting or similar experience, including experience covering a beat.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Strong language skills, including writing, proof reading and clear speaking ability.
- Experience in journalism, including writing, interviewing, and editing.
- Experience requesting and working with public records.
- Experience writing in-depth, enterprise stories.
- Deep commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards.
- Independence, initiative and good judgment.
- Openness to collaboration in and outside SCPR.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to work under deadline pressure.
- Willingness to tackle complex stories with an open mind.
- Experience with audio software production tools like Audition or Pro Tools.
- Good interpersonal skills. Be nice!
- A desire to provide our L.A. community with great local news.
- Become and remain a member in good standing of SAG-AFTRA by the thirtieth (30th) day of employment.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Fluency in Spanish or other non-English languages commonly spoken in Southern California.
- Extensive knowledge of Los Angeles and Southern California.
- Experience with research databases like Lexis-Nexis.
- Comfort working with and analyzing data sets.
Reporting To This Position: None
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
- Domestic travel required.
- Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Physical Demands:
- Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
- Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
- Working Conditions:
- Moderate noise level
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.