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Podcast Producer, Code Switch


Washington, DC 8 days ago
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
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.

The nation's premier podcast on race and identity is seeking an experienced Producer to help us bring compelling stories to our audience. As a producer on the Code Switch team, you'll bring ideas, interviews, books and thinkers to our podcast, and make our sound sparkle.

Your primary responsibility will be to work with our hosts, editors and producers in creating episodes of our weekly podcast. You'll be a vital part of our journalism, with the range to cover the broad landscape of race, identity and ethnicity in the U.S. You'll bring your own unique ideas and perspectives to that work. You'll take responsibility for seeing an episode through the reporting, writing, mixing, producing and publishing process. You'll work independently at times and join in our group edits and collaborations.

This position is based at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

• Record, mix and edit complex, multi-track audio stories
• Take a story or episode assignment and see it through the process, working with the hosts to report, book guests, cut tape, write scripts and join in edits and final production.
• Manage complex production assignments on a tight weekly deadline.
• Contribute story ideas and host interview suggestions
• Contribute social media, digital production and other aspects of podcast episodes
• Ensure that materials produced for NPR meet NPR program standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Assist with managing and producing live shows and special events


Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in journalism and national affairs.

• At least five year(s) experience in audio journalism
• Advanced production skills. Demonstrated ability to mix complex, multitrack audio stories with music scoring on a tight time schedule.
• Demonstrated experience in reporting or editing on issues related to race and identity
• Demonstrated ability to support program hosts in scheduling guests, recording interviews, field production, script writing and other production needs.
• Demonstrated experience in producing weekly or daily radio programs and segments, writing host copy
• Excellence in analysis and criticism.
• Demonstrated excellence in news judgment.
• Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• Ability to work collaboratively with a small but dedicated team
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Demonstrated expertise in and passion for covering a variety of cultures.
• 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.

• Resilience
• Ability to relate to all types of cultures and people and build stakeholder relationships
• Problem-Solving skills and the ability to manage complexity under dealine
• Demonstrated expertise with NPR's programs, sound-mixing conventions, website and other online outlets.
• Ability to contribute and create original ideas for enterprise and long-form reporting
• Demonstrated, up-to-date understanding of digital concepts and best practices.
• Experience in aspects of online journalism, such as reporting, writing, Web publishing and social media.
• Demonstrated excellence in editing and writing for the Web and for radio.
• Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.
Company Profile

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human.