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General Assignment Reporter — KCUR — Part-Time

KCUR 89.3 is hiring a part-time general assignment reporter to be an integral part of our growing newsroom. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious, flexible self-starter who wants to develop their journalism skills in a vibrant Midwest city.

This reporter will brainstorm, research, write, report and produce spot news and long-form, NPR-standard features on issues in the region; create web and social content to accompany radio stories; participate in community engagement efforts; and appear as a guest on talk shows as needed.

We’re looking for someone who can be a primary responder to breaking news and help KCUR expand weekend coverage, perhaps even serving as a backup for morning and afternoon newscasts. In short, a reporter who wants to immerse themselves in reporting.

KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially-independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See www.kcur.org/jobs for information about KCUR and Kansas City.


  • Identifies, researches, pitches, writes, reports, edits and voices a wide variety of spots, two-ways, and feature stories for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, local talk shows, and national programs (as appropriate).
  • Contributes regular content to KCUR’s newscasts, website and social media platforms, including audio, text, extended interviews, photos, etc.
  • Anticipates and responds to breaking news.
  • Handles newscasts and/or announcing, as needed.
  • Contributes segment ideas and appears as a guest on KCUR’s local talk shows as needed.
  • Collaborates with other KCUR reporters and talk show producers on projects.
  • Participates in all assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications or a related field; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
  • One year of experience in a related position.


  • Two years of work experience in a public media or news organization.
  • Ability to cover breaking news as well as report through long-form, innovative storytelling.
  • Aggressive, enthusiastic, and self-motivated approach to daily news coverage.
  • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment, and journalistic integrity.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  • Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and work collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Experience operating a variety of broadcast equipment including audio boards, digital editing systems (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording units, and other production equipment.
  • Experience producing content for the web and social platforms.


This position reports to KCUR’s News Director.


This position is non-exempt. Salary starts at $16.92 an hour, and will be commensurate with experience and education.


Open until filled with review of applications to begin on October 2, 2017.

Apply online: www.umkc.edu/jobs. Applicants must combine all materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call 855-524-0002.


UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

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