Producer, Audio

Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Jan 18, 2022
Closes
Jan 20, 2022
Ref
JR-90273024
Hours
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking an experienced audio producer to join a team of passionate storytellers working on its award-winning daily news podcast, "Post Reports." You will help shape the sound of The Post by producing episodes that showcase its world-class journalism and the boundless curiosity of host Martine Powers.

In this role, you will utilize your keen news judgment to identify Washington Post stories and pitch enterprise ideas that give our listeners a better understanding of the moment. You will work closely with colleagues throughout our newsroom, and our bureaus around the globe, to transform their reporting and insights into a compelling listening experience. You will have a pulse on stories that need to be explored outside of hard news and find opportunities to transport our audience with a feature story that only The Post can tell.

A strong candidate will be motivated to work on a highly collaborative team and have a good instinct for when to jump in to help pull archival tape or offer to write show copy. You also thrive while working independently and can manage having more than one episode in production at once. You demonstrate grace under pressure and live for the moments when news breaks and changes the day's show plans. You get just as much satisfaction picking the perfect piece of music to score a scene as you do when you construct or write a mic drop of a cold open. Success in the role also requires tenacity and thoughtfulness when booking guests, highlighting new and underrepresented voices, and a commitment to increasing the diversity heard on the show.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure our coverage captures our listeners' broad interests by pitching ideas that explore what's driving the news cycle, and the humanity behind it, while also looking for stories that require longer-term planning and reporting.
  • Book and coordinate recordings with guests from The Post, as well as outside voices and newsmakers.
  • Research and write interview prep, conduct the recording and pursue any additional reporting required.
  • Keep our audience engaged and coming back each day by writing and structuring episodes and segments in a conversational style with a strong narrative arc.
  • Help maintain an efficient production process by identifying scoring opportunities, maintaining up-to-date master scripts with transcriptions and managing organized assemblies.
  • Search for story ideas by attending pitch meetings of different coverage sections and developing strong relationships with newsroom editors and reporters.


Qualifications



Minimum qualifications
  • 4+ years of experience working on an audio news program, explanatory or narrative-style show
  • Well-versed in ProTools, or similar software
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems in a fast-paced environment while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a hybrid environment (Please note that this position is based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, the position will not be eligible for remote work.)
  • Passion for The Washington Post and its journalism


Preferred qualifications
  • Experience editing scripts
  • Field production experience
  • Ability to offer feedback in tracking and recording sessions


The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

Candidates should upload a résumé, cover letter and three examples of their work as PDFs to our jobs portal by Jan. 17. Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, should be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position. The cover letter should be addressed to Director of Audio Renita Jablonski and Managing Editors Tracy Grant and Krissah Thompson.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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