Careers: Part-Time Multimedia General Assignment Journalist

97.9 WHAV, Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, offers a rare opportunity to join a respected and growing regional news operation—on-air, online, everywhere. Duties include writing, reporting, photographing and recording multiple news stories per day, which may include urgent breaking news, crime and court, public meetings, local elections and investigative and/or deep-dive pieces as assigned; night and occasional weekend assignments as news breaks; placing public meetings and events on the air live; recording and editing audio; and possible announcing. Successful applicants will demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes news, commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, natural curiosity, objectivity, dependability and willingness to learn. The position offers great growth potential and requires:

A bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field
Prior writing/reporting experience (college newspaper, TV, radio or literary publication work will be considered)
Above average English spelling and grammar
Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license
Strong ethics
Ability to work well and quickly under deadline pressure
Familiarity with Associated Press (AP) Style
Mastery of Microsoft Word and solid PC skills

Some technical and training will be provided. How to Apply
To be considered, upload introductory letter, resume and writing samples (URLs accepted) using the form below.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Plan Networking Breakfast at Historic Duston-Dustin Garrison House

Members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce plan to gather at Haverhill’s historic Duston-Dustin Garrison House for a Networking Breakfast

During the event, there will be an overview of the 1697 building which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, coffee and a continental breakfast and opportunities to enter raffles for door prizes. The event takes place Wednesday, July 31, from 8-9:15 a.m., at the Duston-Dustin Garrison House, 665 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Admission is $10 each for Chamber members of $20 for non-members. Registration takes place online at MerrimackValleyChamber.com or by calling 978-686-0900.

Greater Lawrence Tech, Essex Tech to Train About 200 Students with Mass. Life Science Center Grants

Two area schools—Greater Lawrence Technical School and Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School—will use grants of nearly $100,000 each to serve just under 200 students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—or STEM. The Massachusetts Life Science Center’s STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grant program awarded on Monday nearly $2.8 million in capital and teacher professional development for 30 projects. Greater Lawrence Tech will serve 96 students and Essex Tech will train 105students. Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao joined Senate President Karen E. Spilka, Life Science Center leaders and state and local officials during a ceremony at Sanofi in Framingham. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our administration’s commitment to supporting the life sciences industry, including by investing in education and training opportunities that will inspire a new generation of life science and STEM field workers,” said Gov. Maura T. Healey.

Health Care Bill Passes Senate, Calls for Curbs on For-Profit Hospital Owner Abuses

A health care bill, passed by the Massachusetts Senate late last week, aims to curb alleged abuses by investor-owned hospitals and others that legislators say were highlighted by the financial collapse of the parent of Holy Family Hospital campuses in Methuen and Haverhill. The bill, which still must be reconciled with a House version, advanced 38-2 even as the fate of Steward Health Care-owned hospitals in the state remained unknown. Senate President Karen E. Spilka in a release, “As we stare down a health care market plagued by high costs and the fallout from private equity mismanagement, the Senate has doubled down on our responsibility to our residents, making us a national leader in safeguarding patients, expanding access to care and holding private equity accountable.”

Locally, Sen Pavel M. Payano hailed the passage of his health equity amendment that would place advocates on the Health Policy Commission oversight board. “This bill represents a significant step forward towards addressing systemic disparities and promoting fair access to health care for all residents. The inclusion of health equity advocates on the Health Policy Commission oversight board ensures that our most vulnerable populations have a voice in the decision-making process, fostering greater accountability and transparency in our health care system,” Payano said.

‘We Barely Made it Back,’ Apollo 11 Moon Landing Documentary Saturday in North Andover

Mike Sapuppo, a mechanical engineer who grew up in Lawrence, originally wasn’t sure what to do with his life. Eventually making it to MIT and a role working with the U.S. Government, he was ultimately responsible for creating mechanical devices for NASA without which the Apollo moon landings could not have taken place. Sapuppo and his family will be present at the screening of “We Barely Made it Back,” a documentary presented on the 55th Anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing Saturday, July 20. It was produced by the North Andover Historical Society and North Andover Community Access Media, and shown at 6 p.m., at the Historical Society’s Worden Theater, 800 Mass. Ave, North Andover.

UNICO Merrimack Valley Presents Leadership Award to Former Haverhill Councilor Bevilacqua

Former Haverhill city councilor and Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce President Joseph J. Bevilacqua this week was presented with the UNICO Merrimack Valley Leadership Award. UNICO Merrimack Valley is a chapter of the largest Italian-American service organization in the country that was founded in 1922. UNICO Board President Domenico Staniscia presented Bevilacqua, of Haverhill, with the award during the group’s annual meeting at Haverhill Country Club. Among those congratulating the Chamber president and former Haverhill city councilor were Consul General of Italy Arnaldo Minuti. “UNICO” means “unique” or “only one of its kind” in Italian, and the letters stand for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Hires Scurio, Spagnolo, Kennedy as Branch Managers

Merrimack Valley Credit Union recently hired three new managers to oversee branches in Danvers, Quincy and Waltham. Denise Scurio will manage Danvers, while Stephen Spagnolo will manage Quincy and Gregory Kennedy, Waltham. Scurio, of Peabody, spent her entire career in the financial services industry, beginning at Belmont Savings Bank as a part-time teller while she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Framingham State University. She went on to work as a full-time teller for several years before becoming interested in customer service platforms and management. Prior to joining the Credit Union, Scurio spent three years as an assistant manager for North Shore Bank.

WHAV Reporter Jacob Posner Completes National Program for Young Journalists

WHAV Staff Writer Jacob Posner last month completed “Reporter’s Toolkit,” a professional development course for early-career journalists offered by Poynter Institute. The class, taught by well-regarded reporters, consisted of six training modules on core elements of the profession. Topics included finding the core of a story, coming up with strong ideas for articles and interviewing vulnerable sources sensitively. The workshop exists, Dallas Morning News Assistant Managing Editor Tom Huang explained, because news media has been so hollowed out in recent years. On top of that, with many newsrooms remote, young journalists have not received the same knowledge transfer previous generations did.