Editor/Producer, Radiolab

WNYC Studios New York City, New York


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Job Title: Editor/Producer, Radiolab

 Radiolab, a pioneer of narrative nonfiction podcasting, is looking for an Editor/Producer to join our team. We’re seeking an ambitious, deep-thinking, deep-feeling journalist who is obsessed with great stories, eager to help our team tackle the big questions facing our world today, and committed to our goal of expanding the diversity of voices on our show.

 For this hybrid role, we're looking for an experienced editor with producing chops. While this is mainly an editor role, this person will also be responsible for producing episodes from the ground-up at times. The multifaceted nature of this job will give the Editor/Producer the opportunity to work across all aspects of our production process and thus have a big influence on our coverage. As editor, this team member will weigh in on pitches, oversee construction of stories and episodes, develop relationships with potential collaborators, and bring in new voices and diverse perspectives to the show; as producer, they will generate story ideas, conduct interviews, cut tape, write narration and at times voice it on air.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Bring in new ideas, stories, and contributors from a wide range of perspectives
  • Work with producers to turn ideas into pitches, and pitches into episodes
  • Help the Radiolab team decide on pitches that will be greenlit
  • Work with producers to decide on a diverse lineup of interviewees and craft questions
  • Listen to tape and outline first drafts of episodes
  • Experiment relentlessly with story construction
  • When producing a piece, participate in all aspects of the process, from pre-interviewing guests to booking, interviewing, cutting tape, building drafts, selecting music and liaising with the fact-checker
  • Ensure reporting is journalistically sound
  • Write and produce content for web, newsletter, social media, and other platforms as needed
  • Collaborate closely with senior editorial team

Key qualifications:

  • At least five years experience producing, reporting and/or editing in long-form narrative audio, and/or comparable experience in a related field
  • Preferably has experience creating stories similar to the ones heard on Radiolab
  • Has a clear grasp of what makes a surprising, impactful and complicated story that could be heard on Radiolab
  • Has a proven ability to develop story arc and narrative
  • Has solid journalism skills including: interviewing, database research and fact checking
  • Has experience with linear editing software (ProTools, Logic, et cetera)
  • Sense of humor is a plus

It's important on the Radiolab team for everyone to work hard, be willing to pitch in on whatever is needed to get the job done, have an open mind, demonstrate integrity in their journalism, be wildly curious, and not be afraid to be a little bit weird.

About Radiolab:

Created in 2002 by host Jad Abumrad, and now co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser, Radiolab began as an exploration of science, philosophy, and ethics using innovative composition and sound design. Radiolab has expanded and evolved to become a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling. The show challenges its listeners’ preconceived notions about how the world works. Radiolab provokes, it moves, it delights, and it asks its audience to see the world around them anew. 

In the past year, the show released a series on a Guantanamo Bay detainee named Latif Nasser; covered the pandemic (by looking at the present and the past); composed an experimental non-narrative meditation on the end of the world; reported out topical stories on the power of protest (here and here, too), the risk of Donald Trump trying to steal the election, the responsibilities of the police (and lack thereof); and escaped to the bottom of the sea to spend time with an octomom.

Since its founding nearly two decades ago, Radiolab has won some of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, Third Coast awards, The Silver Gavel, as well as other accolades. In 2011 Abumrad received the MacArthur Genius grant. The show has spawned successful spinoff series, like More Perfect, Gonads, The Other Latif, G, Border Trilogy, and Radiolab for Kids.