Full Time Job

Host, Code Switch


Washington, DC 10-06-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description

Across our organization, we're building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

What are the stories that no one else is telling? Who are the voices that no one is listening to?

Code Switch, the nation's signature podcast and reporting team on race and identity, seeks a creative, passionate host who will bring those stories, those voices, to our rapidly growing audience.

Code Switch, named by Apple in 2020 as its first-ever Podcast of the Year, is expanding and entering a new creative phase, as we move beyond the weekly podcast to tell our stories on more than 100 radio stations around the country.

We're re-imagining our future - exploring how we can go to new places and tell new stories while preserving the distinctive voice that has made Code Switch a ''must-listen'' for so many people. And we're committed to staying grounded in the highest levels of journalism.

We're a small team and we're looking for a host and storyteller who'll work collaboratively across our wide range of activities: the podcast, digital and social, live events, the radio program and the millions of people who listen to Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR shows.
Our ideal host will bring the humor and compassion, the honesty and energy, the boldness and edginess that Code Switch listeners expect, and will work closely with our team of talented producers, editors and reporters.


The Ideal Candidate will …
• Have a passionate and creative commitment to issues of race and identity
• Have a deep understanding of the political, legal, academic, cultural and historical debates and scholarship over race and racism in the United States.
• Have a demonstrated ability to translate deeply complex and nuanced issues into engaging and compelling stories for a diverse audience.
• Have experience covering, exploring, and writing about issues that affect LatinX and/or or Indigenous communities
• Bring creative and original ideas to our story meetings
• Be willing to accept and explore different ideas and opinions and to engage with guests and audiences from a wide range of perspectives
• Bring an on-air presence that can be smart, funny, serious, challenging, edgy and engaging. An ability to ask tough questions and listen compassionately.
• Work extremely collaboratively and collegially with editors, producers, interns, fellows, reporters and other team members
• Show respect for, generosity to, and patience with fellow team members
• Show a willingness to mentor and develop the next generation of journalists covering race and identity
• Appear on stage before live podcast audiences
• Travel into the field to report, write and produce compelling long-form audio stories
• Bring a solid understanding of, respect for, and willingness to challenge at times the changing and ethics of journalism
• Report stories, book guests, edit audio and digital copy, interview sources, and write scripts for the ear.
• Take editing and feedback in a collaborative, team-based creative process
• Be able to write a joke or land a joke when needed, and also know when not to tell one.
• Bring energy, humor, good cheer and a collaborative spirit to a fast-paced and deadline-driven, highly creative team environment.
• Have specific ideas for how to change the show for the better.

• Find, pitch, report, book, script, and narrate episodes and broadcast radio pieces
• Co-host, co-write, peer-edit and otherwise chip in helping on episodes reported by teammates
• Contribute to group edits of other staff-members' work.
• Work with producers in a way that facilitates their journalistic and professional development
• Ensure all journalistic and ethical standards are met and exceeded.
• Write radio scripts for NPR broadcast programs
• Write web, social, video and newsletter copy as needed
• Represent NPR and Code Switch in live and online events occasionally and appear on other media to promote Code Switch and work with member stations.
• Mentor and assist in the professional development of junior staff
• Along with co-hosts, editor and staff, set the short- and long-term agenda for the program.
• Factor in diversity of sourcing and representation of all voices when planning and executing the program
• Evolve with the job as the show continues to grow


• This is a senior position, so you should be able to demonstrate:
• Leadership, professionalism, high ethical standards, ability to work closely in a team with kindness, compassion, and empathy.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Passion for telling complex and nuanced stories about race and an understanding of the historical, political, economic and social context of the current debates over race and identity.
• 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 audio journalism and writing
• Experience covering issues of race and identity.
• Experience in long-form, narrative journalism.
• Experience working on deadline and working independently.
• An analytical mind.
• Excellent writing chops.

This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d98z44-3-80-3-192-42 in your application.

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