General Assignment Reporter
Job Details
WHRO - Norfolk, VA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Road Warrior
Media - Journalism - Newspaper

Job Summary:

The General Assignment Reporter will cover a range of topics that will change day to day. The reporter is expected to produce radio assets almost every day and digital news stories several times a week. Occasionally, there may be participation in live interviews since they will be one of the first newsroom members to respond to major local events. This reporter will work cooperatively with others in the journalism department to effectively tell immediate, quick stories for radio and digital presentation. The reporter will carve out their own ‘mini-beats’ based on their journalistic interests and may produce features in addition to daily newscast assets.



  • File regular daily and long-form news that could include audio, digital, written, live and visual elements.
  • Change focus and float among different beats to ensure WHRO delivers in-depth, compelling reporting on topics the news cycle demands
  • Report and write quickly and accurately for daily newscasts and web updates
  • Shoot usable photos to accompany digital content
  • Gather high-quality and relevant audio to tell radio stories
  • Maintain an appropriate social media presence while observing WHRO’s Social Media Policy and best ethical practices for journalists
  • Exchange story ideas and sources with other reporters as needed
  • Participate in station events as appropriate.
  • Ensure all reporting meets the WHRO expectations of accuracy, independence and fairness.
  • Participate in newsroom trainings
  • Openness to work varied shifts as required by the news cycle.
  • Contribute to special coverage, like elections and severe weather.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities:

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



  • A Bachelor’s degree or comparable professional experience in journalism or a related field



  • Demonstrated knowledge in 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.


Equity Statement
It is WHRO’s policy to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free