Michigan Radio, NPR’s largest member station in the state, is the place audiences come to for a deeper perspective about Michigan stories that show what’s at stake and why it matters. Its newsroom is looking for a curious, meticulous, and thorough data reporter.
The right candidate will be passionate about stories of interest to Michigan and beyond- whether those are projects they lead, or they’re using their skills to support other members of the news team. They will be experts in using data and documents to point to some under-recognized but important thing/trend/problem. Though we may write about systems and regulations, our stories focus on the people involved.
The data reporter will pitch and report their own stories, and collaborate with their fellow reporters, under the supervision of the news director. The stories and formats will vary, so being nimble is a plus! We produce newscast spots, sound-rich features, long form investigations, and digital-only projects.
Filing public records requests and appeals
Writing concise, tight, evocative copy for the ear
Working on a team, under deadline, with humor
Managing multiple projects simultaneously
Audio recording equipment and editing software
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience is required.
Has a demonstrated aptitude for data science: Acquiring, cleaning, and analyzing data; coding; creating visualizations in ways that tell a story
Is proficient in the database management and analysis tools of their choice
Has an aptitude for explaining data science – its uses and values – to colleagues with less experience using data to support their journalism. The right candidate enjoys assisting colleagues with projects in a support role, and can help impart best practices throughout the newsroom
Understands what makes a good story and is comfortable and nimble working in a variety of platforms (broadcast, digital, podcast), and treatments (sound-rich features, host/reporter 2-ways, print/digital) to tell those stories
Has demonstrated storytelling capabilities. We want a candidate who can find and write their own enterprising stories, in addition to a supportive role.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
Michigan Radio believes news organizations do their best work when they reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for people from all backgrounds, identities and ages.
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About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.