Producer, Radio Rookies
New York City, New York
6d ago


Radio Rookies seeks an enthusiastic audio documentarian interested in helping people report and produce stories about their own lives and communities that have broad and deep impact in the world.

The ideal candidate is passionate about working in community-based organizations or schools, and teaching individuals (primarily young people) in a workshop format and on-on-one how to do interviews, identify strong story ideas, cut audio, record narration, and write stories.

We are both a documentary program and a community engagement project and we are seeking someone who would love to work in both areas as the two are deeply connected in the work we do.

This means our ideal candidate not only has experience in documentary work but has also been a teacher or mentor. Because we are working with non-professionals, excellent writing skills are also critical.

Radio Rookies typically partners with community organizations and schools to recruit our reporters, the producer is often working off-site, teaching and producing.

We primarily work with communities of color and / or immigrant populations thinking about race and culture is built into the fabric of what we do.

Radio Rookies is a Peabody Award winning youth and citizen journalist media program. Our stories are known for being sound rich and intimate and revealing.

They air on WNYC’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, nationally on NPR and programs like This American Life.

Job Responsibilities :

  • Co-teach workshops for 6-8 months to small cohorts of Rookies, subject areas include : story selection, pitching, interview skills, pro tools, research and editing.
  • Produce 3-4 documentaries per year on a range of subjects
  • Work closely with Executive Producer on editing multiple drafts of stories.
  • Help foster broader Radio Rookies community, through organizing group travel and events
  • Develop and maintain partner relationships with outside organizations.
  • Coordinate with broader WNYC community to keep Rookies engaged in the larger station, through communication and events
  • Track equipment and computers
  • Help prepare awards applications
  • Write and distribute quarterly newsletter
  • Qualifications :

  • A min of 5 years work experience as an audio producer
  • A minimum of two years experience working in youth development or education, either professionally or as a volunteer.
  • Audio editing experience, ideally pro tools
  • Excellent field recording skills
  • Must be a creative and effective writer
  • Production experience (audio or video)
  • Excellent Problem solving
  • Background

    New York Public Radio (NYPR) and its main properties, WNYC and WQXR, have been engaging the hearts and minds of radio listeners in New York and around the country for generations.

    In addition to its radio and online programming, NYPR engages audiences in person at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space (The Greene Space), the station’s street-level, state-of- the-art broadcast studio and performance venue.

    The Green Space is host to an exciting and wide-ranging line-up, including live broadcasts and tapings of NYPR programs, concerts and festivals from WQXR, audio theater, literary readings, art exhibits, political debates, symposia and so much more.

    The mission of New York Public Radio is to make the mind more curious, the heart more open and the spirit more joyful through excellent audio programming that is deeply rooted in New York.

    NYPR has a long and distinguished history of providing New York City and the nation with unique news, educational, cultural, and public affairs programming with 8 stations and 12 million monthly listeners and growing.

    To re-invent that tradition and reach a new generation of listeners we’re transforming how our audiences listen to and support NYPR’s programming across our digital platforms and you can be a part of that!

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