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Reporter II, Higher Education (temporary)

We are seeking a temporary, full-time higher education reporter to produce daily news content and in-depth, enterprise stories for broadcast on KPCC and for our website,

Reporter II, Higher Education (temporary)

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 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.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a temporary, full-time higher education reporter to produce daily news content and in-depth, enterprise stories for broadcast on KPCC and for our website,

The reporter filling this post will cover higher education from the perspectives of students, faculty, and staff, with particular emphasis on California’s three public university systems – the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges. We’re looking for a skilled storyteller who can center coverage in the experiences of the entire campus community and explain the disparities that advantage some students over others. This reporter will be skilled in breaking down complex issues for our listeners and writing in a style that is engaging for our online audience, and able to build sources and credibility in diverse communities across Southern California campuses.

This position runs for nine months only beginning in August and is grant-funded


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.

Position Responsibility:

  • 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 distinctive and unique stories in higher education institutions.
  • 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.

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 covering higher education issues.
  • 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.


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