Vermont Public: The Digital Producer is a journalist who is part of a team of reporters, producers and editors dedicated to telling the whole Vermont story across platforms. Quickly write, edit and publish breaking news stories and feature stories for the organization’s website, as assigned.
Salary Range: $57,000.00 To 68,000.00 Annually
The Digital Producer is a journalist who is part of a team of reporters, producers and editors dedicated to telling the whole Vermont story across platforms. This role is highly collaborative, working with others to create, adapt and enhance stories for digital spaces. The Digital Producer is also innovative, trying new techniques to help Vermont Public increase the reach, usefulness and accessibility of its stories. On a given day, someone in this role might repackage a broadcast segment into an explainer web post or TikTok (or both); make photographs, infographics, collages and other visuals; write and edit web, social media and newsletter copy using AP style (plus come up with catchy headlines); and teach colleagues how they, too, might incorporate these tools into their reporting. Strong news judgment, a commitment to journalistic ethics and attention to detail are keys to success in this role.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Quickly write, edit and publish breaking news stories and feature stories for the organization’s website, as assigned
- Collaborate with reporters, producers, editors, illustrators, translators and web developers/designers to deepen Vermont Public’s storytelling through digital tools like strong visuals, interactive tools, databases, infographics, videos and maps
- Repackage existing broadcast stories into digital products
- Coordinate with Vermont Public’s social media team and promotions and marketing team to enhance our content’s online reach
- Experiment with emerging technology, digital platforms and accessibility tools to develop best practices that can be adapted throughout the newsroom
- Act as a champion for the organization’s online audiences
- Use metrics to monitor the performance of Vermont Public content online
- Report multiplatform stories and cultivate relationships in communities across Vermont and the region
- Ensure that journalistic standards and ethics are upheld
- Participate in station fundraising activities as needed
- Involved in ongoing professional development for the benefit of Vermont Public
EXCELLENCE IN THIS ORGANIZATION
- A high level of commitment and dedication to the mission of the organization and public media.
- Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with co-workers and audience, supporting and enhancing a culture of belonging.
- Preserving confidentiality appropriately.
- Serving as an excellent ambassador for the organization, both formally and informally. Helping audience and potential audience members, donors, and potential donors connect with the organization.
- Facilitating excellent communications across departments, among employees, and with the public. Fostering open and candid relationships with Vermont Public audience and donors. Managing conflict constructively.
- Demonstrating a commitment to the continuous improvement of the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission and vision.
- Demonstrating and encouraging creativity and enthusiasm for this work.
- Expressing consistent, high-performance expectations for themselves, their department, the leadership, and the organization itself.
- Developing a broad understanding of the organization’s departments, programs, and services to assist donors, collaborate effectively with peers, ensure respectful communication and teamwork among departments.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Education and Experience
- No degree requirement. Four years or more of journalism experience desired and a demonstrated interest in digital media and covering issues facing Vermont.
- Strong organizational, communications (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills required.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
- Ability to work under strict deadlines and pressure, ability to break news as it emerges.
- Preferred demonstrated experience in photojournalism & growing the reach and effectiveness of email newsletters in a journalistic environment, or both.
Work is normally performed in a climate-controlled office environment with moderate noise levels (computers, telephones, etc.). No known environmental hazards are encountered in the normal performance of job duties.
- Work involves standing and walking for brief periods, bending, and filing, but most duties are from a seated position.
- There is potential for eyestrain from reading detailed materials on a computer screen.
- Deadlines, workloads during peak periods, and changing priorities may cause increased stress levels.
- Work requires finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination to operate computer keyboards at a moderate skill level.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.