Beat Reporter (Environmental)
Job Details
WHRO - Norfolk, VA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 50%
Media - Journalism - Newspaper
Beat Reporter (Environmental)

Job Summary:

The Beat Reporter (Environmental) is primarily responsible for WHRO journalism’s coverage of sea level rise and other impacts that climate change has on the region, with a focus on human, social, economic, geographic, and political angles of sea level rise and climate change. This position will perform first-hand information gathering through on-site investigations, reports, interviews, and Q&As. This position is responsible for being working with the rest of the journalism team on other non-primary beat reporting when needed.


  • File regular daily and long-form news that could include audio, digital, written, live and visual elements.
  • Engage with the Hampton Roads community to build sources and trust in and out of environmental circles to ensure a full accounting of the stories created or impacted by sea level rise and climate change
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of latest beat specialty
  • Research large quantities of information and distill it into meaningful takeaways
  • Work closely with news director, hosts and other colleagues to communicate editorial priorities, share ideas and challenge each other to be better.
  • Contextualize and humanize reporting with a focus on showcasing the fullest account of all people in Hampton Roads.
  • Research, pitch, report, produce and share impactful local journalism about the present and future impacts of beat specialty.
  • Participate in station events as appropriate.
  • Ensure all reporting meets the WHRO expectations of accuracy, independence and fairness.
  • Have an interest in and talent for engaging with diverse communities
  • Assist with editing as needed
  • Lead occasional training and/or listening sessions for the newsroom
  • Available to work varied shifts as required by the news cycle.
  • Pitch big projects, series and investigations
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated written and/or verbal communication skills (attach 3 samples or 3 links of work)


  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent experience


  • Minimum 4 years of demonstrated experience in professional journalism
  • Experience in newsroom, preferably local or regional
  • Experience in audio field reporting and production

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

  • Visual journalism including still photography and videography
  • Knowledge of Adobe Audition audio editing software
  • Fluency in more than one language
  • Data visualization skills
  • Knowledge of the Hampton Roads, VA region

Physical Activities

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
  • Communicating with others to exchange information.
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Operating motor vehicles.
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.

Environmental Conditions

  • Low temperatures.
  • High temperatures.
  • Outdoor elements such as precipitation and wind.
  • Noisy environments.
  • Hazardous conditions.

Physical Demands

Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing.