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The following jobs and internships are currently available at WUNC. Information about applying is contained in the body of each listing:

Full-Time Positions

WUNC Broadcast News Producer for SOT

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC, Chapel Hill

Position Summary

This position focuses on, but is not limited to, production of daily news and public affairs programs. These programs include interviews and analysis on many subjects (news, culture, etc.) in North Carolina. They are some of the most visible extensions of WUNC-FM’s public service to more than 400,000 listeners each week.

The Broadcast News Producer will report to the State of Things Managing Editor at WUNC-FM. This reporting relationship will be characterized by supervision of the research, production and dissemination of information to WUNC’s audience through locally oriented radio programs and online.

The Broadcast News Producer will be responsible for assisting WUNC’s listeners in the extension and enrichment of their education by presenting the audience with historical, contextual and current events information of cultural, political, healthcare, public policy, and economic issues.

The Broadcast News Producer will work closely with the Managing Editor and others to develop story ideas and schedule interviews for these informative shows. This position will conduct extensive research into current issues in politics, health care, economics and culture for the enrichment of WUNC’s audience and listeners throughout the state and region. The Broadcast News Producer will have broad discretion over the information researched and presented to the listening audience, and will be responsible for providing content, supporting information, and, when necessary, dissenting views on issues of significant concern to the public. As such, this position requires considerable expertise and creativity in a range of journalistic activities.  This producer would be responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with newsmakers, lawmakers and political stakeholders to land interviews with those individuals when it fits with the show’s coverage plans.

As news events do not conform to a regular 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule, there will be times when the Broadcast News Producer will be on call for breaking news during weekends and after hours.  This producer would be a liaison between the show and the news team to provide audio cuts and spot coverage of show content for evening and morning broadcasts.

Due to the position’s responsibility and high degree of autonomy, the Broadcast News Producer must be a resourceful self-starter in the areas of research, journalism and broadcast production. The skills to be successful require a mix of talent in interpretation of research on current events, outstanding written and oral communication, initiative and creativity in reaching a broad, diverse listening audience.  This is a position for a dogged, well-sourced news junkie who can identify compelling, up-to-date audio and political trends.

Educational Requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree, preferably in journalism or a related field

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum 3 years of relevant experience.

A familiarity with North Carolina issues is strongly preferred

Demonstrated expertise in researching topics for news and interview broadcasts

Demonstrated expertise in planning and meeting deadlines, working with materials from a variety of sources and collaborators

Ability to interact effectively with colleagues

Creativity and initiative

Exceptional written and oral communication skills

Thorough knowledge of radio broadcasting equipment, including digital editing programs, broadcast operating boards, phone screening systems and portable recording devices.

Interested applicants must apply at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/178642 .  Candidates should be prepared to attach a current CV, cover letter, and links to two produced radio segments and professional website/portfolio (if items are available).  The deadline to apply is  April 10, 2020.

WUNC-FM and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Program Director

North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, the public radio station licensed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is hiring a Program Director

The Program Director will report to the General Manager for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. The program director is responsible for directing many aspects of WUNC’s programming, primarily news, digital programming content and hosts. In consultation with the President and General Manager, the program director will design and implement WUNC’s programming policies to conform with goals outlined in the station’s strategic plan. These goals include providing comprehensive coverage of North Carolina news and issues for an audience that is inspired about public life and culture.

The Position:

The program director will recruit, hire and supervise the station’s on-air news programming staff. The news director and the operations/traffic team will report directly to the program director. So will the on air full time hosts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as weekend hosts.

Through assistant managers, the program director will provide guidance to reporters/anchors, program hosts and broadcast producers. The program director will oversee the creation and direction of original news and information programming that expands WUNC’s public service to listeners throughout North Carolina and the country.

The program director will also oversee WUNC Music, a music discovery experience, in conjunction with the Music Director, which is currently HD2, streaming and on the WUNC music app.

The program director will supervise the selection and scheduling of locally produced and nationally acquired programming in consultation with appropriate personnel. The program director will work cooperatively with the development director to assure that fundraising goals are met. The program director will serve as a member of WUNC’s senior staff, participate in strategic planning for the station and attend all meetings of the WUNC Public Radio LLC Board of Directors.

The program director will prepare programming department budgets in consultation with the COO, and assist in responding to questions regarding libel, fair use, community standards, and EEO. The program director will supervise, conduct and interpret research about the station’s audience service and use this research to enhance WUNC’s programming. The program director will also oversee certain online content and other new media endeavors, to include smart-phone apps, streaming and HD radio.

Educational Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, with a master’s degree preferred

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires demonstrated ability in management, and exceptional broadcast journalism and production skills, including experience with news reporting and feature production, and live talk/interview programs. The program director will have a minimum of five years of experience in news and information programming, and experience supervising a news-gathering or broadcast production staff. Professional broadcast journalism experience at a full-time news and information station or news network is highly preferred.

The Program Director will have strong research and communications skills and understand the importance of disseminating research findings to a broad and diverse listening audience. Leading candidates will have:

Ten years of experience as a journalist or broadcast producer
(Will consider an equivalent combination of education and experience)

Management and supervisory experience, with increasing responsibility in each successive position

Experience with supervising public radio programming

Considerable knowledge of radio broadcasting equipment, including digital editing, broadcast operating boards, phone screening systems and portable recording devices.

Knowledge of music discovery and the Triple-A format

Exceptional written and oral communication skills

Familiarity with North Carolina, national and international issues is preferred

Demonstrated ability to plan and meet deadlines, working with materials from a variety of sources and collaborators

Experience with planning and executing on-air pledge drives

Ability to interact effectively with colleagues

Audience research and interpretation skills

Interested applicants must apply at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/177380.  Candidates should be prepared to attach a current CV and cover letter.  The deadline to apply is March 19, 2020.

WUNC-FM and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Fellowship Positions

There are no fellowship openings at this time.


Part-Time Positions
 

WUNC Youth Reporter

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC, Chapel Hill

North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, the public radio station licensed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is hiring 8 Youth Reporters for the Summer Youth Reporting Institute.

These positions are designed to be filled by persons who are currently enrolled in local high schools.

North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC is seeking Youth Reporters to participate in its 2020 Summer Youth Reporting Institute. Youth Reporters will be asked to pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for possible broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. This is a unique opportunity for young people to tell stories about their community in their own voice. The Summer Youth Reporting Institute is located at the WUNC Studios at American Tobacco in downtown Durham. The Summer Youth Reporting Institute runs June – August 2020.

These positions are designed to be filled by persons who are currently enrolled in local high schools.

Successful applicants are good listeners, writers and verbal communicators. Youth Reporters will also work with digital audio recording equipment, audio editing software and basic office computer programs.

Applicants with all levels of experience will be considered.

High school diploma or equivalency; or demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Applicants are asked to submit two pitches for story ideas in writing. The first pitch (OTHER DOCUMENT) should focus on any aspect of their community (family, school, neighborhood, etc.) that they’d like to tell a story about this summer. The second pitch (OTHER DOCUMENT 2) should center around an issue in local, national, or global news of interest to them. Each pitch should fit on one page and should include the names of people they would like to interview.

Applicants must apply at: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/177598.  Applicants should be prepared to submit a resume and cover letter, along with two pitches for story ideas, as outlined above.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


Internships

No Internships at this time.