Associate Producer - The Indicator
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The Indicator is one of the biggest daily podcasts around, reaching millions of listeners each week through podcasts and radio. We've been expanding our staff to be more ambitious in our coverage of the economy and we are looking for an associate producer to help us shape the next phase of that growth.
At all levels, producing The Indicator entails working collaboratively in a small, tight-knit team that moves fast. Everyone is expected to pitch stories. Associate Producers will book guests, conduct interviews, gather tape, assist in field reporting, plan logistics of projects, collaborate with team members, organize trips as well as mix episodes on very tight deadlines. Candidates should not apply if they do not want to be mixing audio on a regular basis. We need someone who can get excited about the topics we cover, about making our show even better and about supporting our talented hosts do their best work on tight deadlines. If that sounds interesting, read on.
This is a union represented role under the SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreement.
• Find and pitch creative, original stories that help our audience understand the economy better.
• Participate in group edits, offering ideas and suggestions for improving drafts.
• Assist hosts and reporters as needed.
• Gather field tape and ''found sound'' from online and other sources.
• Assist in writing episodes as needed.
• Run tracking sessions for episodes, coaching reporters and contributors.
• Cut, edit and mix episodes of the show with guidance from other staff.
• Cut down podcast episodes for radio.
• Identify and book guests, both experts and unexpected characters.
• Conduct research on show topics.
• Produce content for digital media, including writing and scheduling social media posts, writing web copy and newsletters.
• Contribute to the overall journalism of the team.
• Assist in coordinating scheduling and communication with other units of NPR as needed.
• Occasional help with fact checking.
• Complete other tasks as needed.
EDUCATION: While we place value on formal education, we love candidates with loads of experience. We would like to hear about your knowledge level and enthusiasm with the subject matter we cover and experience in lieu of education will be highly considered.
• 3 years of experience in a news environment or working experience in the field of economics or business.
• Experience in editing and mixing audio. Pro Tools experience preferred.
• Experience and demonstrated commitment to fact checking.
• Demonstrated ability to work quickly and efficiently under the deadline pressure that comes with daily news coverage.
• Ability to handle more than one assignment at a time; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively.
• Maintaining professionalism, kindness, care, even under deadline pressure.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• 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.
• Experience in a news environment and/or working experience in the field of economics, finance or business.
• Ambition and interest in improving all ways The Indicator reaches its audience, including our web and social media presence and new ways we have yet to attempt.
• A natural interest in domestic and global news.
• Digital media skills, including proficiency in social media as a news gathering technique.
• Experience in podcasting and/or radio broadcasting.
HOW TO APPLY
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
• It's OK to be casual and conversational in your cover letter, that's how we are on the show, that's how we are with each other. Overall, your application should answer the question: how will hiring you change The Indicator for the better?
• What are you curious and passionate about?
• Please tell us what you think we should stop doing, and what you think we should start doing, or do more of, and how you would help us do that.
• Please choose a recent episode you might have approached differently and tell us how you would have improved it. Be concise, and brutally honest. We appreciate that. And please do it as you might if you were on the team giving feedback to a colleague. i.e. constructively with kindness, empathy and precision.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.
The minimum starting salary for this position is $85,000. This is a hourly, non-exempt role.
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.
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.