Job Listing: Part-Time Folkways Reporter

Nov 26, 2019

The Inside Appalachia team is looking for 5-10 people to be a part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Corps. 

The Reporting Corps will help tell Appalachia’s story by collecting stories of Appalachian people and place. The Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps will produce human interest features focused on traditions, daily habits, passions, and the material cultures of Appalachians.

The Folkways Reporting Corps will participate in training that will provide corps members sound-gathering and storytelling techniques, as well as reporting strategies for producing sound-rich stories. Tasks may include, but are not limited to attending trainings/meetings, collecting audio and video, writing, producing, and reporting.

Inside Appalachia Folkways Project 

The Folkways Reporting Corps is part of an initiative by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Inside Appalachia team. The Inside Appalachia Folkways Project will support storytellers, aspiring and experienced alike, with a passion for Appalachian culture to document Appalachian folklife, arts and culture in order to generate content for the Inside Appalachia radio show and podcast.

The Folkways Corps would be a good fit for folklorists looking to take their digital expertise to another level as well as aspiring journalists. Independent or established journalists able to freelance with an interest in cultural and folklife reporting are also encouraged to apply. We would also consider applications and collaborations from journalists/reporters with small community newspapers or broadcast stations, and/or students.

Qualifications:

  • Understanding and appreciation of and passion for Appalachian culture.
  • Good communication and writing skills with demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work creatively, independently and collaboratively on projects.
  • Familiarity with digital storytelling equipment, editing software and techniques (audio, photography, and/or video) or strong desire to learn.
  • Must be willing to travel for reporting in central Appalachia.

This project will focus on storytelling from the following six states: Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. Must be willing to travel within at least one of the six states listed.Valid Driver’s license, and access to own transportation. 

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps members must be available to attend a training retreat in early Spring 2020, March 24-27, 2020. Meals and accommodation will be provided.
  • Each Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps member will be responsible for producing 1-2 stories per year.
  • Each Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps member will be responsible for meeting all agreed upon deadlines

Upon successful completion of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Corps training, team members will produce one- two stories per year at $500/piece. Each story will include a broadcast/podcast script, digital audio and/or video file(s), an accompanying web post complete with captioned and credited still photos, and social media elements. Travel for reporting should be budgeted from the $500 payment.   

Closing Date: Open until filled 

 Applications received before Dec. 6, 2019 will be considered in the first round of evaluations. Experience with Inside Appalachia and/or the Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Corps is not required but will be considered a plus.  Please send your resume, cover letter, work samples, and story pitches to ebajobs@wvpublic.org. Story pitches should be about a topic relating to  Appalachian folklife, arts, and material culture highlighting work in one or more of the six states listed above.