Jobs at KOSU

KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma currently have two professional full-time and one part-time opening:

Agriculture and Rural Issues Reporter (full-time)

KOSU seeks an agriculture and rural issues reporter with the mission to uncover stories that deeply affect Oklahomans but are untold by existing media. The journalist will report for KOSU and contribute to Harvest Public Media, a Midwest and Great Plains regional journalism collaboration focusing on food systems, agriculture and rural issues. The goal is to provide in-depth and unbiased reporting on complex issues, often connecting the Heartland to the rest of the country.

The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the unique culture of rural America and respect the stories of its people. They will have the ability to do enterprise reporting and work with a diverse set of constituencies. They will have deep listening skills and the ability to weave a compelling audio story. Other useful skills include the ability to tell a story in digital format, basic photography and/or fluency in Spanish.

Report for America is a new model that provides emerging journalists with full-time experience working in local newsrooms in undercovered corners of America. Corps members are carefully selected based on skill, character and commitment to public service journalism. Report for America is open to anyone who wants to be a local journalist and has the skills and character to make an immediate difference. The process is highly selective. Interested candidates apply to the national organization, which will select finalists with the help of a committee of journalists and community service leaders.

The successful candidate will begin with an intensive week of training with Report for America and will be expected to perform a service requirement during their one-year commitment. This may include helping a local student organization start or strengthen a student-run news organization.

The term for Report for America is one year. However, if funding is available and KOSU and the successful candidate mutually agree to continue, the term could be extended.

Interested candidates can apply now at Applications close January 31, 2020. Corps members will be announced in April 2020 and will be required to participate in a one-week intensive training paid for by Report for America before a projected job start date of June 1, 2020.

Financial Assistant (part-time)

KOSU seeks an organized, detail-oriented numbers wizard to help with donor services, financial data, and general office duties.

The part-time financial assistant will prepare and maintain monthly reports and reconciliations, input data into an accounting system, generate and maintain accounting spreadsheets, and assist in preparation of financial records for annual audit.

KOSU is a donor-centered organization. The successful candidate may be asked to participate in fundraising activities that could include providing documentation for donors or foundations that provide the station money.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • High school diploma or GED;
  • At least one year of related experience;
  • Hands-on experience with spreadsheets and proprietary software;
  • Proven ability to calculate, post and manage accounting figures and financial records;
  • Solid understanding of accounting payable/receivable principles;
  • Extreme attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Proficiency in MS Office;
  • Proficient in database and accounting software including Excel;
  • Background in accounting, bookkeeping and/or financial management; and
  • Familiar with basic accounting principles.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Five years of accounting and/or bookkeeping experience.

The part-time financial assistant will be an Oklahoma State University employee. The hourly pay range is between $10.45 and $16.30. The position is open until filled.

The application is made online at – search for requisition number 7595.

StateImpact Oklahoma currently has one professional full-time opening:

StateImpact Managing Editor (full-time)

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.

Since 2011, 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.