Here's something I've been meaning to mention all week: The job of NPR blogger has just been posted. All the folks (including me) blogging over the past six months have been interim people until the new budget starts on October 1. Now that management has decided the whole Internet thing may not be a fad, they've posted the official job description:
Host (Blogs), NPR News & Administration Hosts and writes for blog that serves as users' daily guide to the events of the day and notable stories on the network and the Web; uses news judgment and a lively prose style to present a singular perspective, writing and reporting original items and drawing other NPR reporter/correspondents and listeners into analysis and discussion; may also host a podcast of the day's top on-air stories; and may serve as a public representative of National Public Radio, Inc. Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. At least five years of journalism experience, preferably daily news; familiarity with the blog form and a passionate desire to join the blogger "A" list; demonstrated excellence as a writer and storyteller; demonstrated ability to communicate in a sparkling personality and unique perspectives in writing; demonstrated ability to understand the difference between having an attitude and taking a (political) stand in the written word; a broad range of general news knowledge; well-developed curiosity in a wide range of subjects; ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure; ability and willingness to relocate; proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system; and a desire to be part of a new NPR venture. Prefer broadcast experience, the ability to be a voice of a podcast; previous blog writing experience; and familiarity with and an appreciation for public broadcasting.
Other qualifications not mentioned are a strong liver and deep fondness for insult-flinging world leaders. Willingness to drunk-dial foreign bureaus on deadline also a plus. Unfortunately, pajamas aren't encouraged, although I can count the times I've seen our new CEO Ken Stern wearing a tie on the fingers of one hand.
Send cover letter and resume to employment-at-npr.org.