NPR and its member stations are creating an innovative system of regional news hubs designed to reshape the journalism landscape — and we’re building one of the first hubs in the Gulf states.
Public radio stations in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi have partnered with NPR to launch the Gulf States Newsroom. Our goal is to plan coverage together, share resources and add reporting in parts of the region where local news outlets are folding. To do this, we are hiring a team of regional beat reporters.
We are looking for an experienced reporter to travel across the Gulf States region to cover economic development in a rapidly changing landscape. The reporter will cover trends and patterns in the three states, where steady economic growth is uneven at best, and will cover communities that are emblematic of the economic divide. That may include the rural county where jobs have disappeared, the neighborhood trying to address food deserts, the city trying its best to land a big new employer, or the workforce training program that’s making a difference and might hold lessons for another place. And this reporter will examine the devastating financial effects of a pandemic that’s only widened pre-existing gaps in wealth.
The economic development reporter will be based at WBHM in Birmingham and will report to the managing editor of the Gulf States Newsroom. The reporter will also work closely with news directors at WBHM, MPB in Jackson, MS, and WWNO in New Orleans. These are the three partner stations. This is a 3-year, grant-funded position. The Hub intends to raise funds to sustain the position beyond that period.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
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