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Company: KRBD-FM
Position:
Seeking adventurous reporter
Location:
Ketchikan, Alaska
Job Status:  Part-time
Salary:  $15,000 to $20,000
Website: http://www.krbd.org

Description:

KRBD-FM community radio in beautiful southern Southeast Alaska seeks a half-time news reporter to cover local and regional events.

KRBD is the public radio station for Ketchikan, Alaska, and surrounding island communities. Ketchikan is on Revillagigedo Island in the middle of the Tongass National Forest. In addition to local news coverage, KRBD provides locally produced volunteer-led music programs, as well as National Public Radio news and syndicated shows.

Listeners depend on KRBD for quality news coverage. The news reporter job is a general-assignment position with irregular hours, producing stories for both evening and morning newscasts, and occasionally filling in for the regular Morning Edition host.

Alaska is a huge state, but has a tiny population. While Ketchikan is a small community -- 7,000 in the city, 14,000 boroughwide -- it's still one of the larger cities in the state. For that reason, many high-profile politicians visit on a regular basis. As a reporter, you'll have an opportunity to interview our U.S. senators and representative, candidates for statewide office, the governor and visiting federal officials. This is a great position for someone who wants to break into radio news. Our past three reporters all found full-time jobs soon after they started searching.

KRBD offers a starting salary of $16.57 per hour, with benefits. A background in radio reporting techniques is recommended, but we'll offer training to an otherwise exceptional applicant. The right candidate is curious about life; and has a good sense of humor, the ability to get along in a small town, and rain gear.

It rains an average of 150 to 180 inches a year in Ketchikan. Winters in Southeast Alaska don’t get very cold, but they’re dark and wet. To make up for it, residents entertain themselves throughout the winter season with art exhibits, plays, live music performances and more. There rarely is a weekend with nothing planned; often it’s difficult to pick which events to attend.

Even when it’s raining, the surrounding forest is beautiful. Ketchikan offers numerous hiking trails through old-growth temperate rainforest, into alpine, and through muskeg. Southeast Alaska also has world-class fishing and hunting opportunities, and is a favorite stop for cruise ships during the busy summer tourism season.

Interested? E-mail your resume, writing samples and a cover letter to news@krbd.org.


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