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PolitiFact California Reporter

Posted: June 2, 2015

Summary

Capital Public Radio in Sacramento is jumping into the brave new world of Fact Checking Journalism with PolitiFact California. We’re looking for a smart, versatile, team oriented, enterprising journalist to join our newsroom and become the first PolitiFact California Reporter! What happens at the state capitol in Sacramento reverberates around the world and our PolitiFact reporter will examine statements by California elected officials and candidates and anyone else who speaks up on matters of public importance. He or she will research their statements and then rate the accuracy, then produce public radio stories, appear on talk shows and create digital content. Sound like fun? Read on!

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, deadline-ready, curious digger who’s comfortable thinking on the fly and explaining how she or he got to the facts on radio, TV and on social media. A zeal for reporting on politics and government is essential. Radio or broadcast experienced is preferred.

After an initial training in how PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter articles are researched, written and presented, the PolitiFact California reporter will be writing at least two fact checks a week and creating digital and radio content that will appear on Capital Public Radio and be distributed on the Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN) to dozens of public radio stations around California, Oregon and Nevada. You’ll work out of our Capitol Bureau in downtown Sacramento – a friendly, burgeoning, up-and-coming city that’s a short hop from San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Duties

  • Production of a minimum of two fact checks a week.
  • Produces radio and digital content including stand-alone spot, superspot and feature stories, digital articles and content for social media.
  • Regularly appears on Insight with Beth Ruyak, other CapRadio shows and CPRN affiliate station talk shows.
  • Maintains expertise on people, issues and policy in California state government and a database of sources; utilizes knowledge to create timely, authoritative fact checks.
  • Creates content for digital platforms as assigned, including social media sites.
  • Files for the Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN) service.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or in a related field, or equivalent work experience for at least 7 years.  Some Public radio experience ideal.
  • Ability to produce high quality public radio content for on-air and digital platforms.
  • Advanced researching, reporting and writing abilities, preferable with data driven journalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to distill complex subject matters. 
  • Able to turn policy/wonk speak into everyday language.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, digital and social media.
  • A sense of humor.

Apply

Send cover letter, resume, reference list, audio/print reporting samples and compensation requirements to:

Human Resources
Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826
careers@capradio.org
Fax 916-278-8989

Capital Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.