HELP WANTED: Arts Reporter / Assistant Editor – Colorado Public Radio

helpwanted02Colorado Public Radio seeks an experienced Arts Reporter/Assistant Editor with a solid journalism background to join its Arts Bureau.

 The Arts Reporter/Assistant Editor  covers all aspects of Colorado’s arts and culture communities and produces content for radio and the online arts hub (text, video, social media, still images etc).

As a member of the CPR Arts Bureau, this individual will deliver work across all three of CPR’s programming services — News, Classical, and OpenAir.

The position also entails assisting the Arts Editor with editing web- and audio-based content.

Work includes producing in-depth feature stories, blog posts, social media feeds, and live events about culture-related happenings, trends, issues, and ideas.

The goal is to give people a deep understanding of the broad range of arts news, issues and activities around the state.

Core responsibilities: 

Research, write, report, edit, and voice a wide variety of stories and series for the weekly arts show morning and afternoon news magazines, and, occasionally, CPR’s interview program Colorado Matters.

Work with the digital news team on re-purposing existing content for the online arts hub.

Collaborate with the Arts Editor and news department on optimal placement of material, i.e. weekly arts show, news magazines, newscasts, and Colorado Matters.

Provide regular short features on arts stories and on CPR’s two music services.

Help produce live events related to beat issues, and work as needed with regional partners and other resources to develop content in the subject area.

Share copy editing responsibilities with the Arts Editor, and potentially fill-in hosting duties on air.

Consult with arts contributors and cultivates sources broadly in the arts community for story ideas and contacts.

Participate in all assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.

Education & Experience Requirements:

Minimum 5 years public radio news experience including a strong understanding of public radio news values and ethics as well as good news judgment.

Demonstrable passion for arts journalism, possess strong interpersonal skills with a team orientation and have the ability to work independently and interdependently to achieve goals.

Understanding of the national and international arts landscape and the role that the arts play in people’s lives.

Good organizational skills are a must along with the ability to create lively, in-depth stories for different media (radio, online, live space etc).

Proficiency with juggling several projects and deadlines at once, attention to detail, meet deadlines and work productively and efficiently in a team environment.

Excellent written and oral communications skills (including on-air).

Strong interest in cultural journalism; solid journalism credentials and impeccable ethical standards.

Ability to tell stories and communicate information across multimedia platforms.

Proven editorial skill set, including writing and editing for broadcast and online.

Ability to work accurately and gracefully under pressure.

Clear communication skills; can work effectively in a collaborative environment.

Application Requirements:

Please send cover letter, resume, four work samples — two written arts features for web or print plus two arts-oriented audio pieces for radio or podcast —  plus three professional references to, with Arts Reporter/Assistant Editor in the subject line. Competitive salary and benefits. This position is based in Denver, Colorado. No phone calls or drop-ins please. Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity.

About this company

Colorado Public Radio is the state’s only 24/7 statewide radio network, providing 24-hour, in-depth news and classical music to people who want to be informed, enlightened and entertained. As a community-driven institution, CPR promotes programs focused on thoughtful conversations and appreciation of the arts.
CPR News helps make sense of today’s constantly changing world. It’s your source for information and entertainment, including the best of NPR and the BBC, and in-depth coverage of state issues on Colorado Matters.
CPR Classical Music is an oasis of calm in today’s hectic world. It’s your source for inspiration, reaching back through 500 years to present the greatest music and the finest performances. Connect with Colorado’s vibrant classical music community on Colorado Spotlight.

Colorado Public Radio is committed to bringing weekly-listeners credible, comprehensive and insightful local news coverage, as well as class classical music and cultural perspectives. More than 90 percent of Colorado Public Radio’s funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations who are equally committed to the organization’s mission.

Author: goat

I've been on the air in Northern Colorado since 1978. The Colorado Playlist is broadcast on 30 FM frequencies in the state. I am also a musician, talent buyer and business consultant. Email me at

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