Host, Local News Podcast
Host, Local News Podcast
The nation’s biggest public radio station is looking for its next local news podcast host -- someone who will have a keen ear for the stories that matter most to the people who live in New York and New Jersey, and will work collaboratively within the WNYC newsroom to package, produce and host those stories.
Our next host must be able to think creatively about how to help WNYC reach new, diverse audiences in its effort to bring more of the “public” to public media news coverage. They must be comfortable serving as a member of a creative team or as a one-person operation: part reporter, part producer, part host. The podcast, Consider This, is the nation’s first podcast to geographically target listeners with local and national news, produced in conjunction with NPR.
Most critically, this journalist must have an ear and vision for helping to shape a podcast’s local daily editorial agenda. That includes regularly pitching story ideas, pursuing original lines of reporting, identifying and pulling audio clips, prepping and editing interviews and pursuing stories in the field. They must anticipate coverage and plan ahead accordingly. We’re looking for someone to creatively push the boundaries of storytelling by bringing a spirit of innovation and experimentation to their work. The Host will also serve as a leader who reinforces our culture of audience centricity, professional respect and journalistic excellence, and act as WNYC’s premiere ambassador externally and within the newsroom.
This position reports to the Senior Producer of Local News Podcasts.
- Plan, produce and host a single local segment each weekday
- Pitch and report original audio stories on a regular basis
- Conduct interviews with reporters and subject-matter experts on a wide range of topics
- Work collaboratively throughout WNYC and with NPR to ensure the highest quality podcast production and journalism
- Ensure the accuracy of each segment through diligent fact-checking
- Use data to develop and implement strategies to increase downloads and engagement
- Write accompanying text, social posts, newsletter copy and other promotional material as needed
- At least four years of journalism experience, with experience as a broadcast news host, correspondent, or reporter
- Confident, professional, conversational on-air delivery
- Experience using various equipment, production systems and software tools required to record, edit, produce and curate content for multiple platforms
- Aptitude for and comfort with using a broad range of media, including audio, text, podcasts, and short/long form work
- Ability to identify stories that engage and inform New York and New Jersey residents
- Strong writing and editing skills, including the ability to cut an audio interview or rewrite a story under deadline pressure
- Sophisticated communication skills, including oral, written, and public speaking
- Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism; impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment
- Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
- Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
- Ability to manage several projects concurrently
- Familiarity with New York City-area news, issues, trends and geography
This is a full-time role with a range of benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, sick time and parental leave.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this role is currently operating remotely. However, this position is expected to have a hybrid schedule long-term with some time spent at the New York office when it is safe to do so.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA.
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.
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.