Northern Utah Reporter

Local · Salt Lake City, Utah
Department Local
Employment Type Full-Time

Northern Utah Reporter

In a pioneering collaboration, Utah Public Radio and The Salt Lake Tribune are partnering to elevate reporting from the northern part of our state.

Utah is among the fastest-growing states in the country, and growth has arrived in northern Utah. Housing prices have risen. Air quality is an issue. So is water supply and availability.

And yet the area continues to grow more diverse. Utah State University in Logan is a major contributor to the economy and research with respect to what we know about our state’s agriculture and water environments. 

As our Northern Utah Reporter, you will reach readers throughout the state with stories that elevate challenges and opportunities in communities north of the Salt Lake Valley.

Your reporting will be published across platforms, reaching listeners in the audio space and readers on digital and print platforms. This means you’ll have experience in daily reporting and an ability to record interviews and craft an effective audio story.

We will look to elevate accountability reporting, high-utility stories and explanatory efforts. 

One of your biggest strengths will be flexibility, as you’ll work with a UPR editor on audio and a Tribune editor on digital and print mediums. We commit to strong communication and that we will put the reader or listener at the center of what we do.

You will work closely with your assigning editor to build a reporting plan that ensures relevant storytelling and reasonable expectations (ie: your efforts will be evenly split among platforms).

Your reporting will be made available post-publication to any Utah news organization that wishes to publish it through the Utah News Collaborative.

This reporting role is based in Logan, Utah.


  • In-depth knowledge of Associated Press style and uses it — writes and self-edits with a deft hand. The goal is clean, clear, crisp, compelling copy.
  • Keen grammar, spelling and punctuation skills, while keeping in mind fairness, accuracy, ethics, completeness. Avoids sensationalism. 
  • A strong dedication to diversity in storytelling.
  • Is self-guided on stories in terms of complete sourcing, in making extra phone calls, and finding story subjects.
  • Can share stories in different forms, including audio and digital journalism. Format may be Q&As, features, enterprise, shot hits or local accountability reporting.
  • Understands and uses the power of SEO and social media to grow readership and listenership. 
  • Has a professional social media presence and can use it to gather news and build an audience. 
  • Can develop a beat and a roster of sources. 
  • Understanding of and experience with recording equipment.
  • Experience with audio editing software.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure.
  • Understands the differences between copywriting and editing for broadcast, web, and print media. Composes copy which is best utilized in each medium without a “one-size-fits-all” mentality.

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