WHQR – General Assignment Reporter

The general assignment reporter will pitch, report, write and produce spot news, features and enterprise stories for broadcast and/or podcast, and produce local news content for WHQR’s digital platforms. WHQR Public Media offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits; a talented, hard-working and fun group of station colleagues; a large, growing, dedicated audience; and a great place to live and work. Wilmington, NC has a small town feel, but with all of the attractions, activities and culture of a larger city. Rivaling both Charleston and Savannah in its charm and history, Wilmington is less than 10 miles from some of the best beaches in the southeast. If you are looking for a place where you can sharpen your journalism skills and gain some newsroom experience, then WHQR Public Media is the place for you! Under the supervision of the News Director, the general assignment reporter will produce offerings that reflect the standards of audio production, journalistic ethics and public service using NPR’s best practices as a model. The general assignment reporter will also serve as a substitute newsmagazine host on an “as-needed” fill-in basis.


  • Pitch and formulate original story ideas for air and/or podcast.

  • Research and build on existing enterprise stories.

  • Produce stories on deadline.

  • Work within a team environment.

  • Produce news-related content for social media, including but not limited to the WHQR website and the WHQR App.

  • Participate in live and online events making special appearances as needed.

  • Serve as a substitute newsmagazine host.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications and/or equivalent experience necessary.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills.

  • Ability to report and write for broadcast and digital media.

  • Ability to use creative audio storytelling techniques.

  • Fluency in and ability to operate news-gathering technologies, platforms, equipment and software.

  • Ability to produce content for digital platforms including online and social media.

  • Understanding of and adherence to journalistic ethics.

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.


This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits as determined for WHQR employees by Board policy. WHQR/Friends of Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, send electronic versions of cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for 3 references, plus an air check sample -- 3 minutes in length maximum to: jobs@whqr.org.