Full Time Job

Correspondent, National Desk


Washington, DC 02-08-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description


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The National Security Correspondent on Extremism identifies and reports stories on domestic terrorism, extremist groups, the militia movement, white nationalism and forces of radicalization in the United States for all NPR News programs. This position requires a deep base of expertise in, or the ability to quickly learn, the relevant groups within extremist communities and to examine how law enforcement and other American institutions address them. As NPR seeks to cover the forces of division within the country, this beat will examine how extremism has seeped into the mainstream of our culture and the country's response. This correspondent will develop and maintain sources in the relevant extremist groups and within law enforcement and intelligence communities. He/she will respond to breaking news, initiate and develop short-term news and feature stories, in-depth enterprise and investigative reports. Coverage includes appearing on news magazines, podcasts, newscasts and writing for npr.org. or opportunity.

• Conceives, proposes, plans and researches ideas around extremism to produce stories and program segments.
• Develops news sources and keeps associated files.
• Takes assignments from supervisors on the desk.
• Participates in newsroom and desk planning for coverage.
• Develops material for npr.org, including original reporting, writing and production.
• Gathers materials on tape and otherwise, through interviews, press conferences and direct coverage of events. This may involve travel on short-term notice.
• Prepares and presents special reports, series, documentaries and program segments examining important subjects in depth.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• At least six years' experience in journalism.
• Demonstrated expertise at developing a major journalism specialty or beat.
• Experience producing stories on national news issues.
• Willingness to travel, sometimes internationally, for reporting assignments.
• Experience working independently when needed.
• Experience in long-form journalism.
• Excellence in analysis and interpretation.
• Demonstrated experience and success breaking news, developing sources and reporting original enterprise stories.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Must be able to report breaking stories for newscasts, major programs and for npr.org
• Proven ability to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
• Understanding that the correspondent may be reassigned after a defined period of time.
• Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.

• Demonstrated experience producing stories on the U.S. intelligence community and the Congressional committees that oversee them.
• Demonstrated experience covering extremism, hate groups, and radicalization.
• Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of broadcast journalism – reporting, voicing, editing, producing full radio pieces, live interviews, use of microphones, recorders, computers and telecommunication transmissions via satellite phones and/or Internet.
• Experience in online journalism.

Company Profile

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human.