Audio Producer, The Headlines at The New York Times (US)
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 world-renowned newsroom that 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.
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The New York Times Audio team is building on the success and journalism of “The Daily” to bring more of our newsroom reporting to air in a new show, The Headlines.
The producer will work alongside the editors, producers and the host to create a sound-rich show highlighting the big news stories of the day and finding the perfect audio to help tell those stories. The show’s team will use the journalistic rigor and the power of The Times’ unique reporting to deliver listeners U.S. and global news, as well as enterprise and exclusive New York Times stories.
The producer must have a strong understanding of the news, experience structuring stories and exceptional audio production skills. Because this show includes both scripted and non-narrated stories, producers should have experience leading interviews to get the best tape possible and also have experience writing copy for audio. Producers on the show are expected to build the show and coach the host on a tight deadline.
Skills And Responsibilities
- Monitors the news cycle to help make story selections alongside the team
- Focuses on finding the best angle on the big news stories of the day in sophisticated, distinctive ways
- Works with editors and host on writing copy as needed
- Works with editor to coach host in studio
- Adheres to quick turnaround deadlines and demonstrates a hunger for daily news
- Consistently selects the best available tape from interviews and news clips, and cuts it in a logical sequence with clear technical skill
- Builds stories in Pro Tools, performs basic mixing
- Uses editorial judgment with the direction of the editors that’s reflective of Times mission and principles
- At least 3 years experience in audio production
- Proficiency with audio editing software, like ProTools
- Daily news experience and a passion for daily news
- Knowledge across multiple disciplines such as politics, business, science, etc.
- Experience working with a host on coaching
- An eagerness to create the best work possible
- An attention to detail, even under tight time constraints.
- Experience in a deadline-driven environment.
- Belief in The New York Times’ mission
This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY
Benefits & Perks
The annual base pay range for this role is between $74,816.01 and $90,000.00.
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 provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable “Fair Chance” laws.
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