WYSO Is Hiring: Part-Time Spot News Reporter / Producer

Sep 4, 2019

WYSO Public Radio seeks a part-time daily spot news reporter / producer join our award-winning news department.

WYSO, the NPR affiliate for Greater Dayton, Ohio, is on a dynamic path of growth and change, having just transitioned from university ownership to community ownership. On the air since 1958, we’re a funky, hybrid format, with independent news and music; and our professional staff collaborate with community members to make over 40 hours of local content every week.


Our vision for the newsroom, as set forth in our strategic plan, is “to increase the output and the quality of local news stories, features and programs on WYSO, both on air and online.  We will add news reporters and editors to our staff and strengthen the culture of journalism at WYSO. This will allow us to achieve our mission to give voice to our local community.”

This is an exciting time to join our team.

This part-time Spot News Reporter will work 20 hours a week, creating daily news spots, occasional feature stories, interviews and other news content as needed  for both Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Successful candidates will:

  • Bring at least 1-3 years of relevant news, reporting and production experience.
  • Have at least an undergraduate degree in journalism, or equivalent real-world newsroom experience.
  • Understand and uphold the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and ethics in reporting.
  • Be a fast, clear and capable writer who is familiar with AP style.
  • Be a team player, energetic, hardworking, eager to learn and collaborate with WYSO news staff members.
  • Love public radio news and storytelling.
  • Understand and feel passionate about public radio's public-service community mission. 
  • Always look for opportunities to learn, improve, expand your skills.
  • Have a good nose for news and the ability to recognize a good story when you see one.
  • Be persistent, tenacious and fearless in chasing a story.
  • Have a desire to cover daily, general assignment and breaking news.
  • Have audio editing and mixing skills in software including Adobe Audition and Hindenburg. 
  • Have experience voicing audio stories for broadcast.
  • Have digital skills and the ability to translate broadcast scripts into web/AP print style.
  • Be a quick learner who can adapt to ever-shifting news priorities with patience and a sense of humor.
  • Be endlessly curious and interested in news.
  • Be reliable and dependable, always completing tasks on deadline as assigned. 
  • Exhibit strong attention to detail, excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Value feedback from colleagues.
  • Have an ability to monitor news developments as they happen.

About WYSO

WYSO enjoys strong support from our listeners and local businesses. Over 70,000 listeners tune in every week, with thousands more regularly interacting with our website. Our revenues have nearly doubled in the last seven years. We have 13 full time staff, and that number will keep growing. 

WYSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and persons who are physically challenged or with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Diversity is one of our core values.


The hourly rate for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. It is a part-time position with no benefits.

About Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, where once upon a time two brothers who ran a bicycle shop dreamed up powered flight, continues to be a place where good ideas grow into reality. It’s a city busy reinventing itself. This twin sense of possibility and reinvention makes it a great place to live, in our opinion. WYSO is a beloved and respected member of this community because we give voice to the people, organizations and musicians that call Dayton home. Although we’re proud to share national and international stories from NPR, the BBC and others, it’s the creation of local content that drives everything we do.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and links to air work samples to Business Manager Art Boulet at aboulet@wyso.org.  Review of applications will begin immediately.