NPR’s Latino USA, a national weekly radio program about Latino stories is taking applications for a Producer/Editor full-time position.

We’re looking for someone to join our expanding and vibrant team of radio journalists to essentially wear two hats—to work as a story editor, mostly with freelance contributors to shape and refine their stories, and also, to fill in as a producer creating their own radio stories as needed. This is first and foremost an editor position, so the ideal candidate will have a knack for whipping stories into shape, recognizing what makes a good story in the first place, and working in a collaborative environment. They should play well with others and understand production enough to push producers to do their best kindly while also having an impeccable taste and vision for story. They should enjoy production and reporting too—part of the job will be to find and produce stories on their own. They should have a passion for telling Latino stories and working with voices that are rarely heard in the public media landscape. We’re a small shop, so we need someone who is a true team player unafraid of rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever it takes to complete an assignment.

About Latino USA:

On the air for nearly 25 years and distributed by NPR, Latino USA is the only national, English-language news radio program produced from a Latino perspective. Anchored by Maria Hinojosa, the mission of Latino USA is to provide weekly insights into the lived experiences of Latino communities, and to be a window to the cultural, political and social ideas that impact the country’s demographic. Each week, we present a unique mix of coverage on culture and politics, diverse on-air voices, and in-depth reporting on current and emerging issues impacting Latinos and the nation. We believe in narrative journalism–using characters, plot, and an attention to detailed storytelling alongside the highest ethical standards to connect people to stories that matter to them. We believe in rigorous fact-checking, and in providing humanity, history, context and fun.

Latino USA’s interviews and pieces cover subjects concerning Latinos nationwide that range from immigration, criminal justice, technology and human rights to labor, sexual and reproductive health, Latino identity, arts, and cultural coverage. For more information on the show, go to latinousa.org. The offices of Futuro Media Group, which produces Latino USA, are located in Harlem, in New York City.

Duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Editor with additional direction from the Senior Producer and the Production Manager, the Producer/Editor will:

  • Work to shape and edit stories with in-house reporters as well as with outside contributors to meet highest quality in journalistic values, content, tone and sound;
  • Identify and work with collaborators from inside and outside the audio world, pitch collaborations to the Senior Editor, and edit with approved collaborators to bring stories home in the Latino USA style;
  • Assist Senior Producer and Senior Editor with shaping long-term reporting projects;
  • Edit audio as needed;
  • Write and edit weekly show scripts for interviews, intros, billboards and other show material as needed in consultation with Senior Editor and Senior Producer;
  • Develop a stable of viable reporters for Latino USA; continue to build on a rolodex of Latino USA talent all over the country;
  • Contribute to weekly planning of hour-long Latino USA shows;
  • Generate ideas for coverage of the aforementioned topic areas (plus more) and bring well-developed pitches to the weekly editorial meeting;
  • Write, book, line produce, and edit host-led 2-ways as needed;
  • Report on topics as assigned and produce first-person radio features as needed;
  • Brief the host prior to regular appearances on other broadcast outlets if needed;
  • Write web content and social media as assigned;
  • Supervise selected assignments from in-house and from outside contributors, including assigning stories, performing script and audio edits, and ensuring that contributors deliver all needed materials to production team in timely manner.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in journalism, communications, Latino studies, or a related field, or comparable work experience;
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience producing radio or podcasts with an emphasis on storytelling, character-driven audio. We like radio that feels like movies for your ears;
  • Some story editing experience preferred (print or radio), 1-2 years experience working as an editor a plus;
  • Experience writing and editing broadcast scripts for radio or television;
  • Spanish language skills a strong plus, but not required;
  • A knack for developing relationships and sources;
  • Significant experience with ProTools or similar digital audio editing platforms;
  • Experience working with talent;
  • Commitment to diverse coverage within and outside of the Latino community, in terms of sexual orientation, gender, and race;
  • Ability to think thematically and integrate stories into the larger narrative of each week’s program;
  • Ability to think about sound design when conceptualizing a story;
  • Excellent attention to detail is key;
  • Excellent team player and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Cover letter stating qualifications, resume, three (3) work samples and two (2) references must be submitted by Monday, May 1st, 2017 to be considered for this position. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter via email with the subject “Latino USA Editor/Producer Position” to jobs@futuromediagroup.org.  

Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls, please.

Futuro Media is a diverse work environment and encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

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About The Futuro Media Group

The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to creating multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.