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Date Posted: August 24, 2020

WGVU Inclusion Reporter

Grant Funded Adjunct AP

WGVU Public Media, as part of its ongoing commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, is seeking a reporter to engage local audiences in conversations about racial disparities, inclusion and community. WGVU is uniquely positioned as a trusted media source for West and Southwest Michigan and sees the need to give a voice to underserved communities.

We're looking for an innovative reporter interested in exploring the systemic issues of race, poverty and class in the communities we serve. This new reporter will use a multi-tiered approach to inform community narrative and inspire conversations around the issues that affect vulnerable populations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create news reports for on-air, web and social media, including short and long-formcontent
  • General reporting responsibilities. Regular television and radio broadcasts, andextensive social media presence
  • Engage audiences with storytelling by exploring issues critical to the region that tieinto equity, including a focus on health, educational and economic disparities
  • Collaborate with fellow reporters in daily work
  • Consult with a core group of partnering organizations to discuss issues ofimportance that will help shape the radio and television programs
  • Attend public events, news conferences, and other community gatherings
  • Assist with public forums designed to help foster community discussion around theissues of race and justice that are impacting the region. These forums will include local experts, community leaders, and concerned citizens

Additional Responsibilities

  • Willing to be on air during AM, FM, TV Membership Drives
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Provide appropriate level of support to other WGVU staff


  • WGVU employees are “essential staff” and must report for work even when the university is closed
  • Must have own reliable transportation
  • Must possess valid driver’s license
  • WGVU is a drug and nicotine-free workplace

Required Qualifications

  • On-air reporting experience required as host/reporter/producer
  • Strong writing, editing and interviewing skills
  • Skilled at using production, editing and recording equipment, and editing software
  • Storytelling capabilities
  • Understanding of digital technology required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience
  • Must be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of intersectionality and systemic racism both personally and in their body of work
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Willingness to accept direction and coaching

Preferred Qualifications

  • Television or radio anchoring experience preferred
  • Understanding of WGVU Public Media programming and mission


  • This position reports to the WGVU News Director


  • Salary is commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Submit by September 4, 2020, a one-page cover letter, resume, and three references with phone number and email address, along with a link to writing and on-air samples, to Steve Chappell, Grants Manager at If you have questions, please contact Steve Chappell at 616-240-7495.