Senior Producer, Opinion Audio

The New York Times Company


Job Description
The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It's why we have a newsroom that's 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it's why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it's worth paying for. Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.Job DescriptionThe New York Times Opinion Audio Team is hiring a senior producer for our new podcast First Person, hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro. Each episode will delve into how people come to their beliefs and their opinions, typically drawing from a central character's personal experience. First Person will feature people who are intersecting with the news and big cultural moments, people who can help us understand the world in new ways. Episodes will present one story per week, most employing narrative two-ways.The ideal candidate is excellent at researching and pitching stories, finding fascinating and diverse sources, booking guests (especially skilled in matching interesting voices to a particular topic), preparing interviews, and cutting tape to build scenes and episodes. We are looking for a senior producer who is passionate about the news and is interested in finding stories and people who will help listeners better understand the world around them. Producers must be experienced working with hosts to shape conversations around a big question, drawing out stories from guests, weaving in tape and working on fast and longer turnarounds in parallel. Senior producers also take a leadership role on the team, often mentoring junior members of the staff and leading episode production. Producers work in close collaboration with an editor to take stories from conception to completion. Responsibilities:Shows creativity and autonomy in finding and consistently pitching stories that become strong episodes.Finds and books interesting and original guests, from everyday people living through something extraordinary to well-known people ready to share their stories.Follows news and NYT coverage to identify ideas for coverage and guestsExcels at matching topics and guests to both host's strengths and ethos of show.Pre-interviews sources to help drive the direction of the episodeResearches and writes prep questions for host two-waysStructures interview questions with a narrative arc; skilled at eliciting plot and reflection in source interviews.Assists with directing host and guests (who may not have experience in audio) in studio and remote locationsOrganizes audio and transcriptsCoordinates with editors on post-production planConsistently selects the best available tapeTakes the lead on cutting 2-waysSupports all aspects of episode publication, including working with fact checking, the audience team, and engineering.Maintains an efficient workflow and responsible scheduling of short-term and long-term projects; well organized and self-motivated.Mentors junior members of the team in story development and interview cutting.Manage an editorial calendar, juggling immediate priorities and longer-term ambitionsWork with editorial figures from both the audio team and New York Times Opinion crafting storiesQualifications:7+ years experience producing audio stories and journalism.Sound news judgment and experience working in a newsroom or on a news show.Experience in building complex narratives in audio or print.Fluency in audio editing, ideally using Pro Tools.Experience in field tape collection, scoring and sound design.Ability to think creatively about how to make smart audio shows and shape conversations that will get listeners hooked.Excellent written and verbal communication skills.Experience in a deadline-driven environment on a weekly or daily show.Believes in The New York Times' mission and is dedicated to being a part of our innovation and growthAble to uphold the existing editorial standards of The Times.This is Guild position.The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.
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