Jobs at KOSU

KOSU currently has two professional full-time openings:


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 https://jobs.ou.edu – 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.


Title: StateImpact Oklahoma Reporter
Reports to: StateImpact Oklahoma Managing Editor

StateImpact Oklahoma seeks a curious, eager and tenacious reporter to join a team of journalists investigating, exploring and explaining how government policy shapes people’s lives and livelihoods in Oklahoma and beyond.

This reporter will file stories predominantly on education, its importance and its challenges.

With a focus primarily on education, this reporter will have an opportunity to tell stories that are essential to Oklahoma and across the nation, while working in concert with regional news partners and NPR. Almost 230,000 listeners and more than one million unique digital readers follow StateImpact Oklahoma reporting each week.

Established in 2012, StateImpact Oklahoma is an enterprise journalism collaboration of NPR member stations (KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU) in Oklahoma that focuses on how policy affects people; it is funded by its partners and major gifts. 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.

StateImpact Oklahoma reporters use data and file open-records requests, ask tough questions and knock on doors to uncover stories that reveal the impact of government policies and powerful institutions on real people, with emphasis on education, health, energy and environment, government and elections, and criminal justice.

The ideal candidate will have a strong record as a reporter with expertise in public policy issues, particularly education-related. Required experience and skills include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or related field (media or journalism degree preferred);
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in reporting on education and/or public policy (public radio experience preferred);
  • Sound news judgment and impeccable journalistic ethics;
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and communication skills;
  • Commitment to accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with editor and other reporters and content partners;
  • Ability to produce reports on complex issues in multiple formats, including digital and broadcast in-depths, spot news, features, documentaries, podcasts, blogs, interviews, video and live events;
  • Maintain excellent organizational and time-management skills;
  • Represent StateImpact Oklahoma on outside media programs, through social media and direct community engagement; and
  • Exhibit proficiency with audio and visual editing (video and digital).

Required applicant documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three (3) work samples/clips/links

Salary range is $36,000 - $45,000 per year, depending on skills and experience. The StateImpact Oklahoma reporter will be a University of Oklahoma employee, with University of Oklahoma benefits. The University of Oklahoma is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The position is open until filled.  The application is made online at https://jobs.ou.edu – search for requisition #191559.

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.