|February 08, 2024
Schools, families and communities today face challenges that go far beyond traditional
concerns of budget management and building maintenance.
WITF is central Pennsylvania’s public media news leader, and we are looking for an insightful
journalist who can juggle a mix of daily, short-term, and long-term stories as they dig deep into
current and complex issues confronting our school districts. We serve a central Pennsylvania
audience of more than 2 million people, and our coverage is used by public media newsrooms
across the state, and NPR across the nation.
The ideal candidate for this beat in the WITF Newsroom will have experience covering school
districts, government agencies and/or local communities.
But this is not a traditional education beat covering institutions. Our coverage will be built from
the ground up, engaging with parents and students to understand their goals, hopes and fears
and crafting journalism that responds to what we learn from the community.
If you don’t have that experience, convince us why this should be your job. This reporter will be
passionate about engaging with the community using everything from text groups to online
AMAs to meet-and-greets. Our reporters use our innovative Mobile Listening Lab to gather
small groups for focused conversations on complex issues.
We work closely with the Solutions Journalism Network, America Amplified, Braver Angels and
other national leaders in innovation and engagement to evolve our coverage in ways that cut
beyond divisive, partisan bickering and help people make better decisions.
A good reporter always runs a background check on a potential source or partner. When you
look us up you will see a legacy of national award honors, and standard-setting journalism. You
will see that WITF alumni are top-tier journalists at NPR and in major markets. And you will see
why our new partnership with LNP|Lancaster Online and The Steinman Center for Civic
Engagement will help us invent solutions for the next generation of local news.
Radio broadcast is our traditional platform, but don’t think of us as a radio station. We use every
tool available to serve our communities. You will use radio, video, podcasts, direct engagement,
newsletters and the web, and we will empower you to help us find the next great tool for