StateImpact Oklahoma Environment and Science Reporter

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma, OK

ID: 7116667 (Ref.No. ta223185)
Posted: November 22, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description


Title: StateImpact Oklahoma Environment and Science Reporter

Reports to: StateImpact Oklahoma Managing Editor

StateImpact Oklahoma  seeks a tenacious and enterprising audio and digital storyteller to join its team of journalists investigating and explaining how public policy affects people in Oklahoma and beyond. This reporter will file stories predominantly on environment and science and work with state and regional news partners and editors from NPR.

This is an opportunity to do data-driven reporting on environmental issues, natural resources, scientific exploration and research, infrastructure and the impact of science on our planet, lives and future. In addition to in-depth stories, this reporter will do spot news, series, and special projects. The ideal candidate will find, envision and produce memorable stories that educate and serve the public.  

StateImpact Oklahoma (SIOK) is an enterprise journalism collaboration of Oklahoma NPR stations KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU. Since 2012, SIOK has won numerous awards, including regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and a national PRNDI Award. More than 230,000 listeners and digital readers follow SIOK reporting each week.

This is a full-time position with regular hours Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., although occasional work after hours or on weekends should be expected. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position will be a University of Oklahoma employee, with university benefits. The University of Oklahoma is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The position is open until filled. More information is available at

Required Documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Work samples (written and/or audio)

Job Requirements


Required Education:  Bachelor's degree Communications, Broadcasting, Journalism, or related field, AND: 

  •  12 months experience as a reporter

Equivalency/Substitution:  Will accept 48 months of related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of 60 months related experience.


  • Exceptional news judgment and high journalistic standards, including commitment to accuracy, fairness and diversity
  • Advanced research, analytical, organizational, time management and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Ability to produce news reports on complex issues in multiple formats on deadline


  • None

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to travel and walk long distances carrying equipment weighing up to 20 pounds

Departmental Preferences:

  • Familiarity with editing and office software including Adobe Audition, MS Office and Apple
  • Experience doing announcing and/or producing podcasts, documentaries and series for a broadcast or digital news operation
  • Ability to represent StateImpact Oklahoma at public events                   
  • Regular news consumer who follows developments in science, environment, natural resources, government or public policy

Supervision: No Supervisory Duties

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

Diversity Statement: The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.