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

Job Summary:

The Beat Reporter is responsible for WHRO journalism’s particular area of interests in the Hampton Roads area. This position will perform first-hand information gathering through on-site investigations, reports, interviews, and Q&As. This position is responsible for working with the rest of the journalism team on other non-primary beat reporting when needed.


The Beat Reporter (Military and Veteran) will be expected to cover the military from a range of angles with a focus on timely issues, and will require a deep knowledge of military structure, operations and will need to keep track of world conflict that could impact the Hampton Roads community.


The Beat Reporter (Military and Veteran) will keep track of issues that impact individuals in the military, such as veteran benefits and the specific experience of military families. The position will also be expected to consider other topics and how it overlaps with the military, including race and culture, sea level rise, the environment, health care, and education and business.



  • 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 the beat’s circles to ensure a full accounting of the stories created or impacted
  • 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 2 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.