Cyber Security Correspondent
Full Time Job
Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.
NPR is seeking a cybersecurity correspondent to tell the story of this critical field that bridges the worlds of technology and national security.
The security of computer networks, privacy and civil liberties, the rise of disinformation, and the competition among nations in emerging fields of espionage and warfare make this one of the most exciting beats in journalism. NPR is looking for a journalist who can take a topic so broad and make sense of it, define priorities, and tell engaging stories to the millions of listeners and readers among NPR’s digital and broadcast audience.
We are looking for experienced journalists who can both break news and identify important themes and trends. The beat offers many ways in for the creative reporter: the hacking of government and industry networks by foreign nations, the balance between security and privacy; election security and much more.
This is not just a policy beat. We are also looking for someone who can capture the cultural implications of the cyber beat: the hacker communities, the interplay between social media and online gaming communities, the people and characters competing to breach and protect networks.
• Ability to cultivate sources, both in the national security field (including key government agencies) as well as sources in the technology industry and among private cybersecurity firms.
• A working understanding of key technical concepts: encryption, coding, artificial intelligence, machine learning, network supply chains and more.
• Strong writing skills, including the ability to take complex and often technical topics and explain them to a broad national audience, while maintaining detail and nuance important to expert audiences.
• Ability to tell stories across many formats and platforms: daily radio stories, in-depth digital pieces, and long-form storytelling, including podcasts.
• Willingness and ability to be part of a collaborative team, on a topic that crosses many traditional beats, including technology, politics, and international.
• Support an inclusive and equitable workplace culture.
• The position will involve travel as needed.
• Work location is flexible.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• At least six years’ experience in journalism.
• Demonstrated expertise at developing a major journalism specialty or beat.
• Experience producing stories on national news issues.
• Willingness to travel, sometimes internationally, for reporting assignments.
• Experience working independently when needed.
• Experience in long-form journalism.
• Excellence in analysis and interpretation.
• Demonstrated experience and success breaking news, developing sources and reporting original enterprise stories.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Must be able to report breaking stories for newscasts, major programs and for npr.org
• Proven ability to work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
• Understanding that the correspondent may be reassigned after a defined period of time.
• Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.
• Demonstrated experience producing stories on cybersecurity, and related topic areas.
• Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of broadcast journalism – reporting, voicing, editing, producing full radio pieces, live interviews, use of microphones, recorders, computers and telecommunication transmissions via satellite phones and/or Internet.
• Experience in online journalism.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.