Jobs at KOSU

KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma currently have three professional full-time openings:

Title: Special Projects Reporter

KOSU seeks a special projects reporter to work on innovative journalism that is meaningful and audience-centric. It's part investigation, part engagement and should surface relevant content that resonates with new and existing audiences.

This full-time position is essentially tasked with conducting educated experiments that push against the status quo using tools ranging from in-person conversations to digital and engagement tools such as Groundsource and social media.

It is not an entry-level position. The successful candidate should have at least two years of journalism experience and is now ready to pitch big ideas for special reporting and engagement projects. While many of the stories you may encounter will be personal, this is inherently a hard news position that should surface challenges and viewpoints not typically heard in news coverage.

The successful candidate will need to be collaborative and adept at connecting the dots and seeing patterns.

News reporting will often require travel. The person is expected to be on call for breaking news events. Occasional work after hours or on weekends will be required. Person must have ability to walk long distances while carrying broadcast equipment weighing 10 pounds.

This position will be based in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of two years experience as a working journalist;
  • Successful experience using broadcast, production and field recording equipment;
  • Successful experience using contemporary audio editing software;
  • Experience using social media and digital tools to as journalism tools;
  • Experience doing FOIAs and building journalism sources;
  • Experience using software such as Excel to analyze data for journalism purposes;
  • Experience in managing complex projects with the ability to meet a deadline;
  • Must have successful experience with diverse populations;
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills;
  • Excellent news copy writing skills appropriate for public radio;
  • Excellent computer skills using existing and emergent computer software;
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, be organized and detail-oriented;
  • Ability to use audio production equipment in the field and the studio;
  • Commitment to ethical journalism standards;
  • Experience writing in-depth enterprise journalism stories;
  • Ability to recognize patterns in data;
  • Ability to build a source pool from diverse communities;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently;
  • Independence, initiative and good judgment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years reporting experience, preferably in a public radio or audio storytelling environment.
  • Reporting experience in marginalized communities or news deserts.
  • Experience developing original journalism stories from talking to sources and using data.
  • Experience doing long-form special project reporting.
  • Experience pitching experimental projects and following through to completion.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Wide Orbit.
  • Fluent in Spanish and/or Vietnamese.
  • Experience working in marginalized communities. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Familiarity with Content Management Systems, such as Wordpress and Drupal.
  • Working with other reporters and digital staff to design engagement opportunities for stories.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience, with Oklahoma State University benefits.

Oklahoma State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

The position is open until filled. The application is made online at (Requisition #7175).

Title: Managing Editor

StateImpact Oklahoma seeks a dynamic, innovative news leader to build upon a strong tradition of collaborative local, state and regional news and public affairs coverage and take it to the next level. The managing editor is a new position created by the partners of StateImpact Oklahoma (KGOU-FM, KOSU-FM, KWGS-FM and KCCU-FM) to implement our shared editorial vision of collaborative enterprise journalism that serves the public interest and engages diverse communities through broadcast, digital and social media services.

Over the last eight years, StateImpact Oklahoma has won numerous awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for audio continuing coverage in 2015 and a national PRNDI award in 2017. Our collaborative election reporting initiative, Oklahoma Engaged, won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Innovation in 2017 and 2019.

The managing editor will be a forward-thinking, collaborative journalist who will develop and implement news and public affairs strategies, make editorial decisions, direct and edit news our new team including professional reporters and college journalism students, and create multi-platform content in a creative, motivated and productive work environment.

The managing editor will play an integral role in defining and implementing the partners’ unified editorial plan for stations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton, Oklahoma, and will also report and serve as local host from time to time. Our editorial emphasis is on public policy issues, but stories may also include breaking news, human interest features, election coverage and special projects.

The ideal candidate will have a strong track record as a reporter, editor and supervisor, with demonstrated abilities in media production, project management and visionary leadership. Required experience and skills include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field (media or journalism degree preferred);
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience leading and managing in a collaborative broadcast news environment;
  • Sound news judgment and impeccable journalistic ethics;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Effective “people management” skills;
  • Team leadership skills;
  • Strategic thinking skills;
  • Strong content editing/proofreading skills;
  • Dedication to diversity; and
  • Commitment to the mission of public service media.

The managing editor will be a University of Oklahoma employee. Salary is commensurate with skills and experience, with University of Oklahoma benefits. The position is open until filled.  The application is made online at – search for requisition #191647.     

StateImpact Oklahoma is a statewide enterprise journalism collaboration that focuses on bringing policy to people, with emphasis on education, health, energy and environment, government and elections, and criminal justice.

The University of Oklahoma is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The Oklahoma City metro area ranked #50 in the 2018 Nielsen Radio Market Survey. In 2018, Oklahoma City was one of two cities recognized with America’s Most Livable Community Award presented by Partners for Livable Communities.

KOSU does provide internship opportunities for college students. Students can attend any college and use the experience as internship, practicum or independent study credits. More information can be found here.