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WHQR is looking for freelance journalists for project-based work!


Position: WHQR is looking for freelance journalists interested in digging deeper into stories in the Cape Fear region. We want to support work that is in-depth and takes on complex issues. We’re interested in deep dives, serial story-telling, limited-run podcasts, and other ways of telling important but complicated stories. And, since radio is a big part of public media, we're always interested in stories that are well suited to broadcast.

This work is supported by a grant from the Fourth Estate Fund, which is dedicated to supporting journalism’s role in protecting democracy and facilitating important conversations.

We’re accepting pitches – and inviting conversations about possible projects – on a rolling basis throughout calendar year 2024.

Compensation: We’re committed to a compensation model that considers the reporting process – not just the final product. We base this approach on the pay rate model established by AIR in 2022, adjusting for local market conditions and inflation. Ultimately, compensation will depend on the scope of the work – and will be agreed upon before reporting commences. Compensation may also include some expenses as appropriate. No health care benefits are available.

Apply: Send letter of interest, resume/CV, and links to relevant online and/or audio work to WHQR News Director Ben Schachtman – bschachtman@whqr.org

Friends of Public Radio, Inc is an equal opportunity employer that complies with EEOC rules and regulations and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and doesn’t discriminate based on race, age, disability or other non-merit characteristics.