Senior Publicist

Communications & Public Relations New York City, New York


Senior Publicist

New York Public Radio is seeking a creative and dynamic publicist to amplify NYPR’s programming, hosts and talent through effective media placement and thought leadership strategies. This public relations professional is a member of the communications team which supports all divisions across New York Public Radio including WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, and The Greene Space. 

Reporting to the Vice President, Communications, the senior publicist works closely with the content, marketing, audience development, and social media teams to ensure that the communications team’s efforts align with broader integrated marketing and audience development strategies, and help bolster NYPR’s corporate, industry, and audience-facing reputation.  

This is an excellent opportunity for someone to become a key player on a close-knit, supportive team. 

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute strategic media relations plans for NYPR projects, podcasts, radio shows, digital events, hosts, and talent
  • Write creative, compelling press materials, including press releases, media alerts, pitch letters, bios, fact sheets, talking points, blog posts, Q & A’s, and more
  • Drive news announcements and new show launches as well as continuously look for new hooks and creative press opportunities for on-going shows and initiatives
  • Cultivate and expand ongoing relationships with key journalists at established and emerging print, digital and broadcast outlets 
  • Strategically collaborate with internal stakeholders and external partners to successfully roll out announcements, launches and campaigns 
  • Schedule, oversee, and prep subjects for media interviews
  • Co-manage corporate social media accounts, help maintain the NYPR corporate website, track media hits for internal reporting, create and maintain press lists, and keep up with industry news and trends


  • At least 4 years of PR experience, a background in media, politics, or PR agency experience a plus
  • Excellent pitching and story development skills, with a track record of securing media coverage 
  • Exceptional writing skills and sound news judgment 
  • Strong awareness of trends across brand categories including news, podcasts, media and culture 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and to effectively manage multiple, sometimes competing priorities 
  • Proactive self-starter with strong follow-through and attention to detail, who can also take and follow direction; ability to easily shift gears between independent and collaborative work 
  • Passion for highlighting New York Public Radio’s impact and reaching new diverse audiences 
  • Sense of humor, team spirit, positive attitude and a sense of diplomacy
  • Ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality of information, internally and externally

Additional Information

This is a full-time role that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as generous parental leave.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is currently operating in a remote capacity and will continue to be fully remote through at least June 2021. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work fully from the New York office when it is safe to do so.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

Equal Opportunity

New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.