Careers and Volunteers
New Orleans metro reporter
WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and WRKF Baton Rouge Public Radio are looking for an experienced reporter to cover one of the most interesting cities — culturally and politically — in the nation: New Orleans.
From Carnival season planning and festivals to infrastructure issues and government agency probes, there are always important stories to tell in the Crescent City. In the last handful of years, New Orleans has been COVID hotspot, hit by multiple hurricanes, experienced road and building failures and so forth, so an energetic reporter who wants to break news and write exclusive stories is more crucial than ever before.
Position Summary: The New Orleans metro reporter will tackle housing issues, transportation, infrastructure, disasters (when they strike) and keep an eye on the city government. This includes reporting developments for daily news, as well as larger trends, exclusive investigations, data stories and features on the good and bad of New Orleans. The reporter will file two versions of their stories: an online story for the WWNO/WRKF websites and a script for radio. You should also be available for live and pre-recorded on-air interviews.
Because New Orleans is such an interesting place to live, this reporter will from time to time produce daily newscasts and features for a national audience through NPR and other national outlets.
The reporter should also be digitally savvy. You use social media to promote stories and advance your beat, are capable of taking photos for online stories and can shoot video. Helping with newsletters is also a possibility as our team grows its newsletter options.
You’ll work with the News Director, the Digital News Editor and other staff to plan long-term coverage for WWNO/WRKF. Occasionally, you will make public appearances to represent WWNO/WRKF, take part in topical panel discussions and do some on-air fundraising.
But most importantly, these reporters are passionate about reporting local news that impacts our diverse community in our beautiful city. Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Bachelor's Degree, or 8 years of professional experience may be substituted for a degree
- At least 1 year of reporting or anchoring experience required
- Demonstrated ability to research, write, and report news stories, both daily spot news and longer features
- Experience with posting news stories to a website and social media
- Take photos/shoot video
- Knowledge of general assignment reporting; and an ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evening and weekend hours
- Advanced Degree; three or more years of reporting experience
- Experience with radio production/editing and on-air reporting is preferred, but these skills can be learned on the job
- Previous experience covering city government is a plus
- Knowledge of New Orleans
Candidates who are interested should send News Director Patrick Madden and Digital Editor Katelyn Umholtz a resume, cover letter, at least 3 references and no more than 7 examples of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com with the subject line “New Orleans metro reporter.”
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Throughout New Orleans Public Radio’s history, the station and volunteers have enjoyed a rewarding partnership. Volunteers assist WWNO’s staff at the station’s offices and participate in the station’s community events in the Greater New Orleans area. The service WWNO volunteers provide helps keep the station running — and the station greatly appreciates volunteers' generosity and enthusiasm.
Year-round opportunities available in various departments include filing, answering phones, word processing, mailings and special projects.
Updating members’ addresses, compiling member information, and reaching out by phone are some of the ways that volunteers help us stay in touch with 5,000 listeners who support the station financially. We provide the training, you provide the talent and generosity. Writing, research and graphics talent are welcome too.
During New Orleans Public Radio’s membership drives, volunteers are needed to answer phones and take pledges. Assistance is also needed with pre- and post-drive mailings. There are spring, fall and year-end drives each year.
Volunteers help to staff tables at special events and act as ambassadors for New Orleans Public Radio, distributing literature and answering questions. Special events volunteers should have a friendly manner and enjoy talking to people about public radio.
Interested in volunteering? Contact us at 504-280-6060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.