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St. Louis Public Radio Employment Opportunities


HEALTH & SCIENCE REPORTER
St. Louis Public Radio, following its recent merger with The St. Louis Beacon, is seeking a full-time Health & Science reporter to cover news that matters to the St. Louis region. We’re looking for someone with deep knowledge of health, healthcare policy and research, and science. The ideal candidate should also have a record of journalistic excellence, a passion for storytelling and enthusiasm for innovation. The ideal candidate will: -- Be able to identify relevant, health and science-related stories, put them into context and explain them in an engaging manner. -- Possess the capacity to understand issues relevant to the region -- Have a background in health and/or science and be familiar with trends and issues. -- Be willing to experiment with multiple forms of storytelling for the web, the radio and mobile. -- Help foster community discussion around health, science or environmental issues that are impacting the region. St. Louis Public Radio has recently relocated to a state of the art facility in the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District in St. Louis.

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GUEST RELATIONS SPECIALIST
St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR) is a dynamic and innovative media organization dedicated to covering news that matters to our region. Through our in-depth reporting, we illuminate, investigate, challenge and celebrate significant developments and issues. We connect with our community on air, online, through social media and in person.
Located in the UMSL at Grand Center state-of-the-art facility in the arts and entertainment district of Midtown St. Louis, STLPR recently merged with St. Louis Beacon, a not-for-profit digital news organization, and our team now includes sixty-four talented members.

STLPR and the University of Missouri - St. Louis seek a Guest Relations Specialist for a highly visible role in the front lobby of UMSL at Grand Center, the home of St. Louis Public Radio. This facility hosts guests from many walks of life: supporters, volunteers, Board members, talk show guests, officials and dignitaries, faculty, students and the public. In short, everyone is welcome at UMSL at Grand Center.

The ideal candidate for this newly defined role will possess the following characteristics:

  • the professional and welcoming demeanor of a person who thoroughly enjoys interacting with people;
  • initiative that recognizes and acts upon ways to improve building operations, especially with regard to enhancing guest experiences;
  • adaptability to respond to difficult or emergency situations in a quick and effective manner if they arise;
  • and excellent telephone, written correspondence and organizational skills.

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Paid Internship Opportunities

St. Louis Public Radio offers paid internships across three semesters.

To apply, please download and fill out this application form and mail, fax, or email (preferred) a completed application (with resume and/or cover letter if desired) to:

Jessica Luther
St. Louis Public Radio
3651 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63108

Fax: (314) 516-5993
jluther@stlpublicradio.org

Internships are temporary, paid positions through the University of Missouri – St. Louis and are therefore subject to a background check. All internships are also eligible for college credit. Please call Jessica at (314) 516-6306 with any questions you may have.

 

Engineering

Minimum Requirements
: Some knowledge of basic electronics and mechanical ability. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Chief Engineer.

Description: The intern will assist the Chief Engineer in all technical areas of the station and plan projects as needed. Tasks may include: Automation system(s) setup; computer setup/installation; use/configuration of Audio Digital Console system; wiring/rewiring equipment; use of test equipment and testing procedures; application of industry standards and FCC technical regulations; and troubleshooting and related paperwork. Radio frequency work with FM transmitter, microwave STL, and satellite downlink at additional St. Louis Public Radio facilities outside the studios may also be included.

Evaluation
: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include ability to follow instructions, efficient use of time, self-motivation and initiative, willingness and ability to learn new skills, accuracy and attention to detail, and dependability. A final evaluation will be held at the end of the semester.


Digital Media

Minimum Requirements:
Excellent writing skills and some experience editing web pages and creating graphics required. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for St. Louis Public Radio programming preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Digital Media Manager and availability of 12 hours per week.

Internship Description: The intern will assist the Digital Media Manager in updating the St. Louis Public Radio website and managing special projects as assigned.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include ability to work independently, follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing. Initiative and enthusiasm will also be considered.


News

Minimum Requirements:
Excellent writing skills, basic typing proficiency and basic computer skills, and availability of at least 10-15 hours per week. The student should be articulate enough to conduct interviews over the telephone or in person. Minimum ability to use broadcast equipment is important. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio News Director.

Internship Description: The intern will learn to record and playback on the digital recording medium; learn basic editing skills in digital media; be taught broadcast style writing; learn to write and read a newscast to time; go out with a reporter to a press conference at least once during the semester; learn how to update the news page on the St. Louis Public Radio website; incorporate their writing, producing, and broadcasting skills into their final project. Advanced interns will learn how to conduct telephone interviews and to produce them. The intern may be asked to conduct interviews in the field or to attend news conferences. Throughout the semester, the intern may also be asked to assist anchors in producing newscasts.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include production skills (microphone techniques, sound quality, editing, etc.), writing ability (structure of the story, attribution of facts, objectivity, and liveliness of the writing), willingness to follow direction, efficient use of time, self-motivation and initiative, and accuracy and attention to detail. A final evaluation will be held at the end of the semester.


Marketing, Events, & Community Outreach

Minimum Requirements
: Excellent writing skills and excellent organizational skills required. Familiarity with and enthusiasm for public radio programming preferred. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Marketing, Events, & Outreach Manager.

Internship Description: The intern will assist with the conversion of St. Louis Public Radio print materials and photography to digital files.  Additionally, the student will assist in the preparation of St. Louis Public Radio events including set-up and breakdown.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include ability to work independently and follow instructions, use time efficiently, attend to details, and produce quality writing.


Production

Minimum Requirements
: Experience with digital recording and editing preferred but not required. Approval from the St. Louis Public Radio Production Manager.

Internship Description:The student will learn to operate the console, the Adobe Audition digital editing software, the AudioVAULT hard drive storage and playback system, and will learn St. Louis Public Radio broadcast production procedures and standards. Activities throughout the semester may include recording and editing commentaries and transferring them to AudioVAULT; recording and mixing the open and prepar­ing music beds for the daily talk show; post production of the daily talk show to produce a recording for the evening repeat and a version for the website; serving as the call screener for the daily talk show; archiving the talk show and commentaries; and recording and mixing fundraising spots. More advanced interns may also serve as engineer for the talk show. There may be an occasional remote recording for use on the Friday arts show.

Evaluation: Evaluation of the intern will occur in accordance with the guidelines of his or her school. Considerations will include production skills, effective use of time, initiative, and ability to follow instructions and work independently.

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