Posted On: September 15, 2010
The Producer position is an essential part of the senior management of The Takeaway. S/he is responsible for managing the evening shift of producers including making editorial decisions on story selection, guest bookings, audio elements as well as allocation of staff and resources each evening. Must be able to respond to breaking news quickly, switching segment selection in response to an ever-evolving news cycle. The Producer is also responsible for editing all advance writing and scripts for the program. Regularly scheduled hours will be from 4pm – 12am, Sunday – Thursday with additional time for conference calls.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Contributing story ideas every day that keep our take on the news fresh and ahead of other broadcast outlets, as well as finding and developing new voices for the public radio sphere
• Contributing constructive and strategic input, improving the overall product and editorial direction of the program
• Monitoring and ensuring that the booking, framing and research for each live interview segment meets NYPR's journalistic standards
• Working with a team of producers to select appropriate, diverse and original guests for interview segments each day
• Approving and checking all sound clips to be used in the show for editorial accuracy and audio quality
• Managing a team of producers and interns ranging in size from 2 to 7
• Comply with all NYPR and show policies and guidelines
• This position requires use of a computer, telephone and other office and/or broadcast equipment; ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods
• Ability to work extended hours as needed and on to be on-call for emergencies
• Work on special projects and other duties as assigned
• Minimum of five years of experience working full-time on a regularly produced radio program, preferably national broadcast
• Bachelor's Degree required; journalism experience strongly preferred
• Strong writing and research ability a must
• Impeccable news judgment and extreme familiarity with news and current events
• Experience in a daily deadline driven journalistic environment
• Audio editing a plus on DAVID, Pro Tools, Audition or equivalent
• Experience booking guests for live radio or TV, with a diverse rolodex of sources a plus.
• Ability to work in a dynamic team environment
• Excellent communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds
• Requires the intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively and/or interact with the other Takeaway staff, executives at WNYC, colleagues, vendors and guests as needed
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
Co-producers WNYC and PRI - in collaboration with the BBC World Service, The New York Times, and WGBH Boston television and radio—are reinvigorating morning drive. The Takeaway is a multi-platform morning drive news program that is creating a new model for news reporting in public broadcasting. The show is rooted in the values public radio is best known for—highly credible journalism, depth and context—but breaks out from the medium's conventionally packaged sound by delivering national and international news and cultural stories through a conversational and unprecedented personality-driven format. The Takeaway features live conversation, reporters in locations around the world, a cast of regular contributors, audience interaction, a website and distributed content, including video.
The Takeaway began airing on public radio stations across America in April 2008, with the mission to host and reflect the American conversation - bringing together diverse perspectives and voices through the connection of local, national and international news. During this time, the show has expanded from two to four hours live on-air to provide live content for other time zones. The enterprise builds on public radio's morning success with content and strategies that will bring new audiences to public radio and public service media online.
To apply for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Evening Prod, TT" and your last name in the subject line.
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