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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT PRAIRIE PUBLIC

 

Inside Energy Reporter for North Dakota

Come report at the heart of the oil boom and bust in western North Dakota!

Inside Energy has an urgent need to fill a reporter position, based in Bismarck, for a minimum of 5 months. The position may also be extended beyond  that time period.  This opening is immediate:  We will be reviewing resumes beginning May 6. 

Who are we?  Inside Energy is a local journalism center that serves in-depth, research-based energy reporting to public media regionally and nationally.

North Dakota position: The North Dakota-based reporter will develop both geographic knowledge and sources as well as an area of topical expertise that can serve the broader regional and national mission. Working out of Prairie Public’s Bismarck office,  the reporter will need to have a strong interest in the topic, the ability to translate complex information to users without losing nuance and at least a basic understanding of investigative reporting skills. The reporter will have a relevant college degree and a track record of successful journalism work experience.

Inside Energy reporters:  Currently one reporter is based in each Inside Energy member state: Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. The North Dakota reporter currently in the position is leaving May 11. In the two years she’s been in the job, she’s supplied national news magazines with over twenty pieces. Inside Energy reporters are members of two teams – the Inside Energy coverage unit and the local newsroom in which they are based – and they are expected to balance the needs and goals accordingly, with guidance from Inside Energy’s Editorial Leader, based in Denver. We currently have funding for through October 2016 and are seeking support to sustain the project after that.

Essential functions:

  • Develops enterprise reporting on energy topics
  • Covers developing/breaking energy news
  • Contributes to daily web coverage
  • Develops audio packages for both online and on-air
  • Develops video packages for both online and on-air
  • Serves as subject matter expert for partner station newscasts and talk shows
  • Contributes to data strategy through identifying data opportunities and acquiring local data

Competencies:

  • Explanatory and investigative reporting skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Audio storytelling skills
  • Video storytelling skills
  • Audio and video editing
  • Ability to capture audio and video
  • Communication proficiency
  • Audience focus
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Please forward résumé, cover letter and three references to Pauline Holmlund, pholmlund@prairiepublic.org.  Resumes will be reviewed beginning May 6, 2016.  Prairie Public is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.

Television Production Crew

Prairie Public seeks part-time production crew employees. These are entry-level positions in television studio production. Positions include floor directors, camera, audio, and teleprompter operators. Training is provided for all positions. Hours are as-needed, primarily evenings, and pays minimum wage. Please submit application to Prairie Public at 207 5th Street North, Fargo, ND 58102.

Internships

Prairie Public Broadcasting has unpaid internship positions available throughout the organization. If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience in a fast-paced, exciting environment, send your resume by email to info@prairiepublic.org, or fax it to 701-239-7650.

Education Services Internship

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers. Duties include promotion of valuable resources and services to educators and the community; assisting with organizing community engagement projects for pre-school and/or K-12 organizations; uploading content for several online multimedia websites; collaborating on events and projects with other members of the Prairie Public staff, including radio and television; developing an understanding of educational materials and digital applications that can be used in education settings; as well as performing other office tasks which may include updating databases, organizing invoices, making copies and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Tim Wollenzien at twollenzien@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Individually Designed Internship – Radio Some interns work with us to design a set of activities that match the intern’s interests and skills with our needs. An internship like this may combine elements of writing, audio production, web work, radio operations, music programming, program distribution, and so on. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org

Radio News InternshipsBismarck (2 concurrent internships available) This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Bismarck. The intern will work under the direction of the News Director and in association with other news staff. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, newsroom software, and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, including state government. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

• Radio News Internship — Fargo or Grand Forks This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Fargo or Grand Forks. The intern will be directly supervised by our Red River Valley reporters, under the overall direction of the News Director. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, use newsroom software and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, and this position focuses on stories originating in eastern North Dakota. Work is based at the studios in downtown Fargo or on the UND campus in Grand Forks. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing an audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

Community Affairs Internship, Radio — Fargo This is a one semester, unpaid internship to produce a broadcast and web program on a particular topic. The student will work with the Director of Radio to choose a subject, and determine the production activities necessary. The conclusion of the internship will be the production of programming for radio broadcast and internet presentation. The end result might be, for example, a half hour program, or a series of shorter pieces. The student may suggest a topic, or accept one provided by Prairie Public. The subject could be a social or political issue, music or other arts activity, or almost anything else. The main criterion is that the resulting programming be interesting to public radio listeners. Production activities could include field recording, field interviews, in-studio interviews, and will certainly include writing and audio editing. The intern will have the chance to become familiar with the production process, including equipment and appropriate software. The production may be broadcast and presented on Prairie Public’s website. The hours are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. The intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Radio. Students should have an interest in radio and journalism, and some experience with audio equipment and writing will be helpful. Please apply with a cover letter and resume. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

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