You’re the kind of reporter who is excited by the intersection of policy and people.
The recent boom in Nashville and Middle Tennessee has resulted in huge opportunities as well as major problems: congested roads, development fights, rising rents, crowded schools, changing neighborhoods, tensions over tourism. In the middle of it all is a city that used to be known as a “big small town,” now trying to figure out its new identity as the poster child for growth.
That’s where you come in.
You believe that the best way to empower people to improve their community is to help them understand local government. You know that coverage of meetings or government reports accomplishes that goal only when it illuminates bigger issues. You know how to develop sources on a beat and uncover information with records. And, you have demonstrated that you tell stories not just from the perspective of the people in power, but also from the point of view of the people who are being underserved or left out of the conversation.
You’ll be taking over a beat that we’ve worked hard to cultivate in recent years. Our coverage of the last mayoral election revolved around serving the voter, not pounding the pavement with the candidates. We’ve been staying on top of hot-button issues like public transit and housing, and we enjoy infusing the beat with curiosity and intrigue.
You’ll join a Murrow award-winning, collaborative news team filled with some of the best journalists in the city. WPLN News produces top-quality daily and enterprise news, files frequently for NPR and creates longform podcasts. We take our journalism seriously and aspire to do more investigative reporting, break more stories and grow our audience.
We care deeply about representing the diversity of our region. Nashville and Middle Tennessee have thriving religious, ethnic, immigrant and artistic communities. We don’t live here because there’s great live music (although there is) or because our friends want to visit (although they do). We’re here because we value telling Middle Tennessee’s stories and making it a better place through our coverage.
We want you to take this important beat to the next level. Come join us.
To apply, please send the following to [email protected] by March 1, 2020.
- Cover letter explaining your vision for this beat. If you have no or limited previous radio experience, please tell us why you’re interested in transitioning to public radio.
- Two clips that demonstrate your ability to find unique angles on daily stories like meetings, reports, announcements, etc.
- Two clips that demonstrate your ability to go deep: creative features, investigations, etc.