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Economic Correspondent, KYIV

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Please quote vacancy number: BUK0003-2101


We are looking for an Economic Correspondent to join the Radio Svoboda’s news production team based in Kyiv. You will be focused on producing journalistic material related to economic affairs to be delivered on multiple platforms (TV, radio, online, social media) as assigned, relevant to the Radio Svoboda’s target audience and to RFE/RL mission, adhering to and striving to exceed RFE/RL content quality standards.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Creates original content, from pieces to camera and short packages to features and analyses. Focuses on economic affairs, while other topics can be assigned.
  • Proactively pursues unique stories on economic topics and trends, maintains a wide network of contacts in this field.
  • Works as field correspondent and reporter on assignment, determining focus of reports.
  • Conducts interviews in the studio or in the field. When able to draw on specialist knowledge, be ready to be interviewed or provide expertise as required.
  • Moderates, delivers live, blogs, records, contributes, inputs online, shoots video and photos as required, coordinates other staff, sound and camera crews as necessary.
  • Produces live or recorded content, as appropriate, using the available techniques, operates relevant technologies, tools and computer equipment, and/or directs specialists or other involved staff if assigned.
  • Reacts to breaking news developments and is ready to report live (with both scripted and ad libitum commentary) or produce recorded pieces at short notice. Ready to work on weekends and outside hours if required by the breaking news developments.
  • Maintains up–to–date familiarity with political, economic, and social developments in and related to Ukraine. Briefs himself/herself on latest news and issues prior to starting work day.
  • Researches material and, exercising editorial judgment, selects reliable information from a varied range of reputable sources.
  • Keeps deadlines and strives to meet or exceed RFE/RL standards for the quality of the output.
  • Adheres to RFE/RL editorial standards at all times and takes editorial responsibility for all own material.
  • Actively participates in program feedback sessions.
  • Is expected to regularly suggest viable coverage ideas and to contribute to program planning.
  • Explores innovative angles for coverage, ensuring relevance for the audience and to serve as an example for best practice journalism.

Qualifications:

Education:        

  • University education in journalism or related field, or equivalent relevant training and experience. 

Experience:          

  • At least 5 years of experience as a field reporter with a record of covering economic topics .
  • History of successful handling of progressively challenging assignments.
  • Good familiarity with political, economic, and social situations in the broadcast area as well as with regional and international affairs.
  • Video editing skills

Competencies:          

  • Willingness and ability to learn and to work with audio and video equipment, word processing tools, information research tools and new technologies and media platforms as well as to acquire or enhance the knowledge of journalistic practices relevant to the assignment.
  • Possesses comprehensive content creation skills that can be held up as examples of best-practice journalism. Produces highly compelling content that is recognized for its high quality and attractiveness to the audience both in and outside RFE/RL. Has developed a network of original sources and cultivated several specific beats. Consistently pitches original ideas and meets or beats deadlines. Thinks outside the box.
  • Evidence of creative handling of subjects in content and in form in own work and on any platform and in coaching others in this respect.
  • Displays innovative, creative, cross-platform approach to journalism in own work and in influencing others, resulting in viable suggestions for coverage and delivery.
  • Takes full responsibility for own professional development both in terms of challenging assignments and in training.
  • Has had substantial input into the service output by contributing viable, creative suggestions in editorial meetings strives to increase the RFE/RL impact.

 

Languages:      

  • Ukrainian language, proficient level, mandatory
  • English language, intermediate level, mandatory

 

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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