Wyoming Public Media plans to base a reporter in Cody to share with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The position’s formal title is Multimedia Journalist. The employee will be a reporter for Laramie-based WPM, whose programs include Wyoming Public Radio, and a “content producer” for the Center in Cody. Both organizations will use the reporter’s audio and online material.
“We need to produce content for our website, for our blogs, for all sorts of things, and Wyoming Public Media needs to produce news stories and content…,” the Center’s executive director and CEO, Bruce Eldredge, said. “So we thought we could partner together to do a pilot project that would share a person.”
The employee will work from a recording studio to be installed at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The reporter will cover for public radio various topics in the northwest corner of the state, including local government, cultural activities, and wildlife in the Yellowstone area, WPM General Manager Christina Kuzmych said. This will be the first remote WPM reporter Kuzmych knows of, though WPM has stringers through the state, she said.
Digital content the employee creates for the globally recognized museum center will help both entities grow online efforts, Kuzmych said. For instance, WPM plans to expand “The Modern West,” a collection of stories and a podcast available on the organization’s website.
The position is a three-year pilot project with funding split between the museum and Wyoming Public Media. The hiring process has begun with the University of Wyoming, through which Wyoming Public Media is licensed. The position closes June 18, 2017.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore