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Freelance Reporter

Posted: 04/28/2023

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Freelance Reporter
Reports To:  VP of News, Cincinnati Public Radio
Position Type: Part Time, Independent Contractor
Position Start: Late Summer or Early Fall
Compensation Range: See Below
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Position Description 
The WVXU news department has a staff of twelve covering the Tri-State region and would like to enhance its news coverage with the addition of several freelance broadcast reporters. The news department is looking for trained broadcast reporters who can find stories from throughout the region. These reporters may also be asked to fill in when staff reporters go on vacation, take sick time, etc. Work could be daily and ongoing, for example covering a court trial, or could be sporadic as news arises. However, expect your workload to largely be based on how much you pitch.
Reporters would pitch stories for consideration and/or would be assigned stories. Stories would cover the Greater Cincinnati area including, Butler, Clermont, Warren, and Hamilton counties in Ohio; Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, and Switzerland counties Indiana.
Stories we are looking for include coverage of governmental meetings, rallies, protests, enterprise reporting on issues including housing, education, transportation, business, etc. We are also open to other ideas. In most cases, we will ask for stories for both broadcast and the WVXU website. Pitches should include a basic summary of the story, who you would like to include in the story, etc.
News happens at all times, freelancers may be asked to workdays, evenings, and weekends. 
This position is an independent contractor position on a part-time basis, and not an employee of Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc. Even so, you will be expected to adhere to certain journalist guidelines. Freelance reporters would be required to use their personal equipment including digital recorder, microphone, headphones, computer, etc.
Cincinnati Public Radio has been a trusted member of the Greater Cincinnati community for more than 60 years. Join a team that works to build trust and make a difference in the lives of listeners and non-listeners alike, to create a community that is informed, involved, and inspired.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Journalism degree or experience equivalent
  • 1-2 years of reporting experience (college and intern experience included)
  • Strong broadcast and print writing skills
  • Audio editing experience
  • Willingness to work with an editor, take feedback and implement changes, if necessary
  • Able to pay attention to detail and meet deadlines
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative
  • Ability to work with a diverse and creative team

Please provide samples of your writing both for broadcast and print as well as an audio sample.
Compensation Range:

Wraps/Cut and Copy $50
Voicers $45
Q’s $30
Superspot $250
Feature $500 - $750
Web Story $100 - $200
CPR is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Minority/female/disability PWDNET/veteran are encouraged to apply.
Submit resume, cover letter, and writing and audio samples to: Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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