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Position Posting Announcement -- April 21, 2014
KGOU News Director
KGOU Radio has an open position for a NEWS DIRECTOR (Media Specialist I, 0095).
KGOU Radio serves the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area and the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma, covering more than one million Oklahomans. KGOU Radio has a strong tradition of local, state and regional coverage that focuses on news and public affairs programming, and is the lead station of a consortium of public radio stations for the joint project, StateImpact Oklahoma. KGOU also has a robust digital presence at kgou.org, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. KGOU is operated by the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma and has 12 full time staff members.
For work in 2012, KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma received over 50 awards for locally produced content, and work in 2013 will achieve similar recognition. In addition, coverage of the aftermath of May 2013 tornadoes has earned public radio stations KGOU, KOSU, and public media reporting project StateImpact Oklahoma a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the Radio Breaking News category, with the award to be formally presented at a reception June 20 in Washington, D.C.
The News Director reports to the Program Director and with approval, develops and implements news programming strategies. This position supervises and edits several other full-time professional staff creating content in for both broadcast and digital platforms, reports spot news, longer features and a weekly 30 or 60-minute public affairs for broadcast, and creates content for digital distribution. While the News Director does not have any permanent on-air hosting responsibilities, the position does require on-air hosting of Morning Edition, Here and Now, or All Things Considered as a substitute when needed. This position is the main point of contact with NPR's regional bureau chief.
Top stories in the coming months include the anniversary of the May 2013 tornado outbreak, the expected U.S. Supreme Court decision in June on the Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby case concerning religious freedom and the Affordable Care Act, as well as planning for the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. There will be emphasis on legislative issues, but stories will include breaking spot news and human interest features.
KGOU is located in Norman, part of the Oklahoma City metro area that is ranked #9 by Forbes as one of America’s most affordable cities, and #10 for where working-age Americans are moving. The metro is served by several universities, is a hub for professional and collegiate sports, has a thriving arts community, and has leading research facilities in health, biosciences, and weather. Several staff members make the short commute against the rush hour flow of traffic to Norman from Oklahoma City. The city has benefited from an urban renaissance 20 years in the making, with walking, running and cycling trails along the Oklahoma River, world class museums, a 17 acres of green space downtown. The state has four distinct seasons, and 35 state parks filled with lakes, mountains, forests and sand dunes.
The minimum qualifications for this position are:
- Bachelor of Arts degree and two years of experience in news reporting and broadcast on-air experience.
- Effective organizational, personnel and time management skills; written and oral communication skills; and experience in broadcast equipment operation.
- The position has frequent exposure to pressure and stress because of deadlines, requires travel, requires non-standard, irregular hours, and the ability to carry remote broadcast equipment.
The preferred qualifications are:
- Excellent journalism news judgment,
- Significant reporting experience for broadcast, digital or both,
- Strong storytelling skills, excellent writing and announcing skills for both broadcast and digital platforms,
- National story submissions,
- Management, supervisory and editing experience that builds upon teamwork for success.
The position is open until filled, but consideration of applications will begin April 28, 2014. KGOU hopes to have a News Director in place by June 1, 2014. The application is made online through the University of Oklahoma Jobs board, clicking "Search Listings" on the left, and searching for requisition number 19315. Supporting material submitted can include internet links to audio and/or text samples and scripts. If a link to audio/writing samples is not included in the supporting materials, audio and writing samples can be sent separately to Karen Holp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiring is contingent upon background check. The salary is posted at a range of $40,000 to $45,000 per year. The position is classified as monthly, managerial (exempt) staff. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
KGOU Radio at The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. www.ou.edu/eoo
Request for Proposals -- April 21, 2014
KGOU Underwriting Contractor
The KGOU seeks formal proposals for underwriting services from an external contractor (an Account Representative). The external contractor may be an individual or a vendor/company.
See the formal request at The University of Oklahoma Purchasing office, Solicitation Number R-15032-15. Proposals are due May 8, 2014 at 2pm. A pdf of the request is here.
KGOU currently has no student part-time positions available:
KGOU also provides internship opportunities for students at the University of Oklahoma.
Thank you for your interest. KGOU supports equal employment opportunities and works against discrimination in employment. KGOU operates within the principles outlined in the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Equal Opportunity.