Producer - Primer
Full Time Job
The Producer in our Programming Division will assist in producing material for Primer, a new weekly podcast that journeys into the past to better understand the present. History is often missing from our national discourse and is sometimes presented in a boring way. The show aims to change that by exploring the history of current events through creative, immersive storytelling that uses cinematic production. Primer will bring past to life in a fun, energetic way and reintroduce history to a new audience.
The Primer producer will help develop a vision for this next chapter of the podcast. The producer will provide editorial and production leadership for the unit and help produce episodes. A strong journalism background is a must, as is a commitment to narrative audio storytelling.
• Propose great stories for Primer.
• Develop an editorial agenda for the unit.
• Run meetings, help make assignments and set deadlines.
• Establish a structured environment for creative work.
• Ensure editorial, production and technical quality of all products.
• Manage relationships with a variety of internal NPR stakeholders.
• Pursue relationships with outside contributors and organizations.
• Help promote Primer.
• Think about and plan for the future of Primer
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
• Seven years’ experience as a news reporter, editor or producer
• Minimum five years’ experience generating and managing complex editorial projects with multiple stakeholders, including the successful execution of surprising and “outside the box” concepts and ideas.
• Demonstrated experience working with and managing highly creative, driven, results-oriented contributors.
• Demonstrated and consistent creative excellence in multi-platform production, including a proven understanding of best practices and opportunities in both audio and digital content creation.
• Strong organizational skills. Experience in creating and overseeing successful production flow and systems highly desirable.
• Experience maintaining high journalistic ethics and standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
• Strong oral communication and teamwork skills.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• 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 with audio sound design.
• Recent experience with producing complex, sound rich audio stories.
• Familiarity with cloud-based solutions such as Google docs and Confluence.
• Familiarity with Scrum or other agile processes.
• Passion for historical stories and going into research wormholes.
• Experience navigating the public radio station community.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
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.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
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