The StoryCorps Production department takes full StoryCorps interviews and shapes them into 2-3 minute, highly crafted stories for our Peabody award-winning weekly broadcast series on NPR and for our weekly podcast. The Producer works on a team led by the Executive Producer to produce high-quality, original stories for StoryCorps’ broadcast series, to air nationally on NPR.
StoryCorps seeks to reflect and celebrate our nation’s diversity in our work and to amplify the voices of people not typically heard in mainstream media. You’ll be an ideal candidate for this role if you share our commitment to presenting these stories with authenticity and sensitivity, and have demonstrated experience producing content featuring diverse voices, for diverse audiences. StoryCorps is also committed to developing a staff that matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus; Spanish language fluency strongly preferred.
If you have a passion for telling stories with soul, working with smart people, and doing meaningful work in a mission-driven environment, this may be the role for you.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Produce stories for StoryCorps’ national broadcasts on NPR, including audio edit, music selection, mix, writing host and web copy, and fact checking
Research, pitch, and travel to record interviews at booths and in the field
Research and produce visual components for story web posts
Produce other content as necessary, including promos and edited segments for external or internal use by the organization
Identify and track tape for potential production use from recording booths
Train and edit tape with StoryCorps staff and interns
Provide department with production and administrative support
Serve as an active, engaged member of the StoryCorps Production department, including participation in regular departmental meetings and interdepartmental project teams
Actively work to ensure that a diversity of stories and participants are selected for production, and that our content is relevant and accessible to diverse audiences
Perform other duties to support the production department, as assigned
You have a minimum of 3 years of work experience in a fast-paced media production environment
You have demonstrated research skills and journalistic instinct and a proven track record telling documentary-style stories
You have expertise in digital editing with ProTools, including mixing music and audio
You’re able to meet deadlines and work quickly and efficiently, often on time-sensitive projects
You’re self-directed but also collaborative. You work well independently but also recognize the importance of editorial feedback and collaboration with your colleagues
You’re flexible and adaptable. We move quickly at StoryCorps and need solutions-oriented problem solvers to help move our work forward
You know how to communicate effectively – whether that’s by email, phone, or in person
You are passionate about StoryCorps’ mission and thrive in a diverse workplace
ADDITIONAL SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
You are fluent in written and spoken Spanish (strongly preferred)
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since our founding in 2003, StoryCorps has provided half a million people of all backgrounds and beliefs with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, and leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the Library of Congress. We bring these interviews to life in stories produced for broadcast on public media (including our weekly Friday morning broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” our podcast, and/or our animations. Together, these stories reach an audience of tens of millions. StoryCorps maintains a relentless focus on diversity and seeks to highlight voices often underrepresented in mainstream media. While our stories honor and celebrate the diversity of humankind, they also remind us of the many values and experiences we share in common, building bridges of greater understanding.
Our work has been widely recognized with several George Foster Peabody Awards, a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the 2015 TED Prize, and a 2016 Emmy award for our animation “Traffic Stop.”
This work couldn’t be accomplished without the unwavering commitment of the exceptional individuals who make up our organization. Our people are brilliant, hard-working, creative, and incredibly passionate about the vision we share: To touch the lives of every person in this country and to create a culture of listening in the United States.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Senior Producer
Status: Full Time, Regular
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