Assistant Producer, Morning Edition
Full Time Job
Morning Edition is looking for a skilled journalist to join its team as Assistant Producer. The Assistant Producer edits audio, pitches original and news-driven story ideas, researches and executes daily bookings. This position works in collaboration with hosts, managers and editors on daily content as well as longer-term initiatives for NPR’s flagship morning program as well as the Up First podcast. The Assistant Producer also contributes digital and social media content.
The right candidate for this position is interested in daily news and is eager to deliver the freshest, most important stories to listeners to start their day. They should also want to understand the needs and wants of various audiences.
This position rotates across a variety of shifts including overnight, swing and dayside hours. He/she/they works under the direct supervision of the Morning Edition leadership team.
• Initiates, plans and produces program material for that day’s show/podcast and for future shows/podcasts, under supervision.
• Edits tape and related continuity, with editorial assistance.
• Rotates through a variety of shifts, as assigned (including, but not limited to, overnight, updates, swing)
• Directs the live show
• Helps record studio interviews and other tapings.
• Writes news and program copy, including drafts of hosts’ leads and other production copy with editorial supervision.
• Assists in the field with reporters, editors and hosts as assigned (including projects requiring self-directed research, planning and solid editorial judgment.)
• Consistently generates timely and well thought-out story/interview ideas, and briefs hosts to Morning Edition standards.
• Contributes to digital and social media content.
• Maintains internal relationship with program staff, digital media staff, reporters/editors contributing to daily program and morning news podcast, as well as departments providing support services.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with training in library sciences, journalism, and/or research preferred.
• At least two years of radio, TV or digital production experience including experience on broadcast digital audio workstations (ie MTE/DAVID, Dalet, Cool Edit, Protocols’ or similar)
• Demonstrated excellence in news writing and copy-editing, especially on deadline.
• Understanding of journalistic ethics.
• Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Demonstrated ability to synthesize and organize large amounts of information.
• Experience booking and writing briefs on newsmakers
• 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.
• Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations.
• Other duties as assigned.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES & SKILLS
• Managing Complexity
• Balancing Stakeholder Relationships
• Experience with digital and multimedia production.
• Demonstrated understanding of, and familiarity with, social media platforms.
• Experience working in and/or knowledge of public radio and the public radio system.
• Proficiency in another language other than English (i.e. Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, etc.)
This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA. The minimum annualized salary for this position is $75,000.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law and any other applicable law.
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.