Multimedia Journalist

  Detailed Job Description

Job Title: Multimedia Journalist

Job ID: 8726

Location: Park County, Cody, Wyoming

Date Opened: 5/26/17

Please Note

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced, highly motivated multi-platform journalist/producer -- a great storyteller who loves the American West.  A new position, it reports to Wyoming Public Media in Laramie but is based at one of America’s great museums, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.  Working from a state of the art digital studio at the Center, this journalist will report for WPM across northern Wyoming, the Big Horn Basin, Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone region. Additionally, she or he will work closely with the digital media team at the Center to create and support broadcast-quality audio production for the Center’s website, podcasts, and public outreach.

The Center of the West - a Smithsonian affiliate museum – is a content rich environment with an exceptional staff of nationally recognized scholars and subject matter experts in Western history, art, natural history, firearms, and Native American traditions and issues.  These resources can be tapped to tell compelling stories of the dynamic, changing, yet traditional American West.  The position assumes the reporter/producer will sometimes be wearing two hats – though never compromising the high journalistic standards of Wyoming Public Media.

Wyoming Public Media is a statewide network offering 5 diverse channels.  The network has an award-winning news department, top-ranked podcast production, and a site in development that will focus on Wyoming content. WPM is part of the Inside Energy Local Journalism Center, a recipient of the CPB The American Graduate: Let’s make it Happen grant, and in the process of joining a new Regional Journalism Center.

The minimum salary for this position is 48,000.00 and negotiable as per qualifications.  In addition, the University of Wyoming offers a generous benefits package - please see our Summary of Benefits.

The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives.

Essential Duties

Prepare, produce, and report Wyoming-related topics across multiple platforms for Wyoming Public Media.

Produce digital audio content for the Center’s website, exhibit enhancements, oral histories, audio tours, podcasts, and other products.

Reporter Duty Details

Prepare, produce, and report Wyoming-related topics across multiple platforms for Wyoming Public Media.  50%

Report on Wyoming’s critical issues, unique Western heritage, and multifaceted future.   Research, analyze, and investigate topics.  Meet WPM, national media, and grant criteria in terms of quality and quantity. 

• Create reports, features, and research for multiple platforms including radio and online

• Incorporate photo essays and video.  Utilize a broad array of distribution systems including Twitter, Facebook, and other emerging information sharing systems. 

• Post content with audio, graphics, interpretive charts, and video.

• Assist in Podcast production

• Provide breaking news and production support to NPR and other public media entities as needed

• Work with Center of the West professionals to craft content and activities that reflect Wyoming’s heritage and related issues and build global awareness for Wyoming topics, and can be incorporated into WPM’s on-air and online services.

• Track WPM activity across all platforms and initiatives related to issues for purposes of reporting to grant funders and other stakeholders.

• Support fundraising on-air and through assigned presentations

Work closely with museum management and staff to maximize impact of digital media resources. 50%

• Gain familiarity with the organization, goals, and history and culture of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

• Participate in Center meetings and functions

• Work closely with curators on content

• Produce digital audio content for the Center’s website, exhibit enhancements, oral histories, audio tours, podcasts, and other products

• Operate, maintain and manage digital production equipment in cooperation with Center’s IT staff

• Advise Center leadership on digital media applications to enhance visitor experience

• Communicate effectively across both management structures

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related area, and a strong portfolio of public radio general reporting and content development in areas related to or similar to the American West.

One year of public radio news experience, including spot news, investigative reporting, and digital reporting.

Excellent and proven communications skills, including impeccable writing and editing skills.

Valid Driver's License with a motor vehicle record that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy Found at: and ability to travel to and work in remote, often rugged locations.

Desired Qualifications

Three (3) or more years of public radio news experience, including spot news, investigative reporting, and digital reporting.

Proven reporting on topics such as wildlife, rugged locations, history, culture, lore.

Knowledge of and experience in dealing with public broadcasting news FCC regulations, as well as a deep understanding and acceptance of journalistic principles governing public radio news.

High motivation, a “can do” attitude, and ability to operate efficiently and creatively.

Excellent people skills.

Experience in public radio fundraising.

Required Materials

Complete online application,  including uploading the following as one document: cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 work-related references.

In addition, please email three (3) audio features with scripts to for consideration.  Any questions regarding the application packet can be directed to Deb Marutzky at 307-766-5612.

This is an at-will grant funded staff position and is located in Cody, WY.

Hiring Statement

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. To review the EEO is the Law Poster and its Supplement, please see The Diversity & Fairness page.

We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.