Journalist (WDET)

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WDET is searching for an experienced Journalist. WDET is Detroit’s NPR station, providing important news, civil conversations and extraordinary music to listeners throughout the community. The station has been committed to informing, entertaining and bringing Detroiters together since 1949.

Essential functions (job duties):

Develop and produce professional journalism content for radio broadcast on WDET-FM, as well as digital distribution, to disseminate news and information, broaden community awareness of important issues and increase the station’s audience base. This position will focus heavily, but not exclusively, on covering local governments – City of Detroit, as well as Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Requires the application of specialized skills which can be acquired through a combination of considerable job-related training and several years of on-the-job experience. Reports to the News Director.
Essential Job Functions
  • Produce daily/weekly news reports and features which reflect local, state and national events. Write and produce news programming; follow and report local news events; conduct on-air interviews and handle telephone call-ins.
  • Produce quick turnaround spots, compelling interviews, and in-depth, issue-oriented feature reports on a regular basis for broadcast on WDET and its digital platforms. Must be able to produce high-quality work under deadline pressure.
  • Serve as anchor/host for WDET newscasts, news programs and special broadcasts.
  • Serve as producer/host for selected WDET podcasts.
  • Participate in fund raising activities and pledge drives when assigned to solicit and increase station revenues and financial base. Record and/or make on-air listener appeals.
  • Participate in WDET events for the purpose of engaging station audiences. Events include broadcast remotes, community roundtable discussions, listening sessions and station promotional events.
  • Perform related work as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree and major coursework in a field directly related to journalism, mass communication, or social sciences. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum three years recent experience writing and producing news content, with understanding of Associated Press style.
  • Minimum three years recent experience with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of audio and broadcast practices and procedures.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of public affairs, especially as they relate to the Detroit metropolitan area.
  • Must demonstrate understanding of complex topics and be able to construct nuanced interviews that hold officials accountable.


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Primary department:

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Employment type:

  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Staff/Administrative

Funding/salary information:

  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Salary minimum: $47,866
  • Salary hire maximum: $57,441

Working conditions:

Normal office environment. Comments: This classification is designed to develop and produce radio journalism content for WDET-FM. Work activities require specialized technical skills utilizing professional radio and digital equipment. This classification is designed to function as a journalist for WDET. The incumbent must be well-versed in the tenets of journalism, journalistic ethics, have digital media and social media experience, and have a broad knowledge of radio programming and important news events. Position incumbents are expected to write, edit, interview, and host newscasts, shows and news specials. They are also expected to produce talk shows and other radio programs with a journalistic underpinning. Work activities are specific in objective and content, but require the incumbent to search for solutions and new applications and establish priorities and procedures. This classification is solely assigned to WDET-FM.

Job openings:

  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No

Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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