WHO WE ARE
Criminal is one of the most-listened-to podcasts in the United States and has been called ''the thinking person's true crime podcast.'' Founded in 2014, Criminal has been awarded numerous documentary prizes and has been praised by the ACLU of New York, the New York Times, and by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.
In 2018, the Criminal team launched This is Love. Time Magazine says, ''The podcast tries to decode the mystery of how our romances, obsessions, and relationships drive us. Listening to it can feel like a contact high.''
Criminal Productions is part of Vox Media, the leading modern media company. We guide our audience from discovery to obsession. We inspire essential conversations about what's now, what's next, and what's possible.
As a community of journalists and storytellers, business professionals, creators, and technologists, we believe it is a moral and business imperative to amplify voices: to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and media. This applies to our candidates, our teams, our storytelling, our creative work, and our platforms, products, and partnerships.
Producers plan and execute all phases of reporting and production for episodes of Criminal, This is Love, and future projects. Producers work closely with colleagues in a collaborative environment, sometimes taking the lead on writing a story and other times supporting colleagues with booking, research, tape-gathering, tape-editing, fact-checking, mixing, and more. If you're right for this role, you're a hands-on, deadline-driven, self-directed producer who's comfortable working independently to deliver high-quality produced pieces-but thrives in a team setting where many different voices are welcomed into the process of shaping the work.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
• Pitch unique and compelling story ideas and construct innovative ways to tell them
• Locate people who are hard to find and cold-call strangers
• Book studios and coordinate schedules with guests and our host
• Regularly conduct in-depth research and develop host questions
• Write scripts for the ear
• Edit interview audio and score episodes using Pro Tools, or be ready to learn how
• Participate in long collaborative group edits with our host and other producers
• Write social and newsletter copy as needed
• Jump in to help colleagues with other production tasks as needed
WHO YOU ARE
The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience working on a narrative, non-fiction podcast. We're looking for someone with a demonstrated ability to identify and structure a surprising story. You know your way around editing software - preferably Pro Tools.
Ideally you're drawn to unusual details, with a hearty appetite for research (looking for a gem in a newspaper archive, getting curious about exceptions, and overlooked people, ideas, and institutions).
You think it feels good to write and revise collaboratively. You meet deadlines, and independently push your work forward in between edits. When you don't know something, you're comfortable admitting it. When you need help, you're comfortable asking for it. You care deeply about facts and getting them right, and fact check yourself (even when you feel sure). When you approach stories and subjects, you're a good listener. You're open-minded, and interested in nuance and ambiguity.
Because we're a small team, you must excel at collaborating, and be ready to help with all aspects of thriving podcasts, beyond direct production.
To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and links to 3-5 stories you've written and / or produced. In your cover letter, please be sure to address the following questions: What appeals to you about working with us? Which Criminal or This is Love episodes stand out to you? What's your approach to finding, researching, and writing stories? Feel free to go longer than you usually do in a cover letter - we'd love to get a sense of how you think, write, and edit.
WHERE YOU'LL WORK
This job is remote. We are based in Durham, North Carolina, but you can live and work wherever is best for you. We're dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our employees, and when we reopen, will require everyone who works from one of our offices to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees with approved religious or medical exemptions may be subject to additional safety requirements, such as submitting to regular COVID-19 testing and/or wearing a face covering in our offices.
The salary range listed below represents the minimum and maximum base pay for this position at the time of this posting. Final salary offered to the candidate selected for the position will be based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience.
$88,000 — $105,000 USD
Jobcode: Reference SBJ-renv45-34-229-119-176-42 in your application.