TitleIPR News Director
Department Name3010-Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Public Radio seeks an experienced reporter and editor to direct our news team in northern Michigan. This is an opportunity for a leader with vision for public service journalism to shape our news effort and drive it forward. We need someone who can inspire others to do ambitious work, ask better questions, tell better stories and otherwise do more valuable and penetrating journalism. The ability to collaborate with other news outlets is also important.

The News Director will supervise three full-time staff--reporters and on-air hosts--as well as freelance producers and interns. This position reports to the Executive Director of IPR. The News Director will also have some program responsibilities managing the day to day broadcast. IPR is in a development phase and will soon finalize a strategic plan that aims to raise more money for local news production, add one reporter position and expand our internship program.

Interlochen Public Radio serves Northwest Lower Michigan with separate channels for news and classical music. It’s a beautiful region known for its wondrous natural resources, particularly the Great Lakes. Our FM footprint includes roughly 250,000 people in an area 200 miles across. The services are owned by Interlochen Center for the Arts, an arts education organization that has been in operation for 90 years.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall direction for IPR News Radio.
  • Work with Exec. Director to establish vision and mission for the service.
  • Oversee editing and distribution of digital content.
  • Must identify local news of interest, comprehend varied and sometimes dense subject matter and communicate it in a format simple for audiences to understand. 
  • Must coach employees to identify stories and produce to high standards. 
  • Must think creatively about public radio and its role in the media landscape.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with other news and community organizations. 
Knowledge and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, communications or journalism.

  • 3-5 years experience reporting, writing and producing stories for a public radio audience.

  • Experience editing public radio reporters.

  • Knowledge of audio editing software and audio recording devices.

  • Knowledge of website and social media enough for updates.

  • General knowledge of technology to operate a computer, radio board op and automation functions.

  • Public speaking

    Application Process:

    If interested in applying please submit an application by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of the page. 

    Required documents for application are: cover letter/letter of interest, resume and a current listing of three references. You can upload these documents during the submission of the application process by selecting "Apply and continue to upload documents" button. Please upload your documents in a pdf format. 

    Review of materials will commence immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.

    The next step of the application process will ask you a series of questions, some are required by the EEOC concerning Protected Veteran Status and Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability. For more information please view the following hyperlinks. 

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    If interested in applying please submit an application by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of the page. 

    More information about Interlochen Center for the Arts:

    Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at www.interlochen.org.

    Interlochen Center for the Arts MISSION…
    To engage and inspire people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts.

    To ignite lifelong passion for the arts 

    Nurturing, Inspiring,Transforming, Enlightening and Enduring

    Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:
    Interlochen Arts Academy
    Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.

    Interlochen Arts Camp
    Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.

    Interlochen College of Creative Arts
    Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.

    Interlochen Public Radio
    Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; 94.7 FM, Traverse City and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix
    News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington
    Streaming online at ipr.interlochen.org. Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.

    Interlochen Presents
    Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters

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