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Host / Journalist


Vermont PBS is launching a new Public Affairs & News initiative to tell Vermont’s most important stories through social media, online and broadcast television. We are seeking a Host to not only be the Face and Voice of this project but its chief architect as well.

This initiative will combine insightful analysis with compelling interviews to inform and engage Vermonters by covering issues that most affect Vermonters. Our objective is to present international, national and regional issues through a local perspective.

Our host will select the stories and shape the tone, style and structure of the show, using their own incisive commentary, compelling interview skills and a creative approach to analysis and storytelling. This position will be expected to generate creative and engaging segment ideas, research and write scripts, book guests, conduct interviews, and assure the overall accuracy of the content.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is plugged into the Vermont media community, can spot engaging stories, is constantly aware of the latest issues politically, socially and environmentally, and how to present them to a wide-ranging audience.

This position requires high journalistic standards as well as excellent storytelling, organization, verbal communication, writing, producing, editing, multitasking and time management skills. The ability to interact with guests and the community at large on a variety of subjects is essential.

In-office presence required in Winooski, Vermont.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Leads production and hosts our News & Public Affairs Initiative.
  • Generates and executes ideas for program segments through research and pre-interviews.
  • Secures and engages compelling interview guests, with authority to broadcast.
  • Integrates broadcast and digital content to serve all audiences.
  • Seeks and incorporates diverse voices.
  • Identifies and carries out strategic outcomes for broadcast and digital audiences consistent with Vermont PBS’ mission and values.
  • Represents Vermont PBS exclusively as host for engagement projects.
  • Collaborates with and supports other members of departments within Vermont PBS.
  • Oversees program budget and delivery timelines.
  • Plans for upcoming segments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, in Journalism preferred.
  • An engaging personality and fresh voice.
  • At least five years’ experience as a digital or broadcast television host, journalist, news reporter, or equivalent.
  • Strong scripting skills and a talent for writing for video or television.
  • Understanding of journalistic ethics and best practices.
  • A critical view on the existing news landscape, with a strong perspective on the gaps to fill for a general interest audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects under deadline.
  • Collaborative attitude and strong communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to track and follow-through on multiple issues simultaneously.

ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES

  • Build Vermont PBS’ brand recognition and reputation for credible and impactful news analysis.
  • Build audience and a sustainable program (pays for itself).
  • Vermont PBS becomes an essential part of conversations on issues important to Vermonters.
  • Programs regularly reflect the vision, purpose and initiatives of Vermont PBS’ strategic plan.
  • Productions are well-managed and run smoothly.
  • Voices of real people are heard regularly

EXCELLENCE IN THE POSITION:

In addition to the above outcomes, excellence also includes the following:

  • A high level of commitment and dedication to the mission and vision of Vermont PBS and public media.
  • A high level of energy and an obvious enthusiasm for the work of Vermont PBS, its mission and values.
  • Acting with the highest standard of journalism, ethics and personal integrity.
  • Preserving confidentiality appropriately.
  • Stewarding resources with prudence and accountability.
  • Serving as an ambassador for Vermont PBS, both formally and informally, to build brand, audience and membership.
  • Helping viewers, members and donors connect with Vermont PBS.
  • Facilitating excellent communications and production process across departments, among employees, and with the public.
  • Fostering open and candid communications with Vermont PBS viewers and donors.
  • Demonstrating commitment to Vermont PBS’ mission and vision.
  • Enthusiasm for this work.
  • Expressing consistent, high performance expectations for themselves and the program

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working conditions are varied - in a vehicle, on location (indoors or outside), or a climate-controlled office environment, where exposure to conditions of extreme heat/cold, poor ventilation, fumes and gases is very limited. Noise level in the office is moderate and includes sounds of normal office equipment (computers, telephones, etc.). No known environmental hazards are encountered in normal performance of job duties. Instate travel is required.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work involves standing and walking for brief periods of time, bending and filing, but most duties are performed from a seated position. There is potential for eyestrain from reading detailed materials and computer screen. Deadlines, workloads during peak periods and changing priorities may cause increased stress levels. Work normally requires finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination to operate computer keyboards at a moderate skill level. May require carrying bags, boxes and books of moderate weight.


Supervisory Responsibility

None.


Apply

Interested applicants should include a sample writing submission on a Vermont-themed topic, as well as links in the cover letter to an appearance on a live broadcast or podcast that showcases applicant as a host or a guest, or other video examples of their reporting or analysis. Please submit along with resume via:

Email hresources@vermontpbs.org

or mail to:

Vermont PBS
Attention: Human Resources
10 East Allen St. Suite 202
Winooski, VT 05404

or complete online form below: