Audio Producer (Level I), Narrated Articles

Job Description

Our Narrated Articles Producer will help transform our newspaper's report into a compelling spoken experience. Our ideal candidate is a Story Producer with strong skills in audio engineering, capable of recording clean voiceover-style narration, cutting interviews, building scenes and taking edits in Pro Tools from early drafts through final mix.

The Producer monitors our news calendar and suggests short- and medium-length stories that will become timely, informative, and engaging listening experiences.

Our Narrated Articles Producer is adept with the techniques and tools of reporting and storytelling with audio and can build clear, impactful pieces with sound. Just as importantly, our Producer can also verbally communicate a project's creative direction, even in its early stages. The Producer knows how to edit collaboratively whether in written script or a Pro Tools timeline.

More on the Producer's day-to-day: Starting from an article's text and working under an Editor's supervision, the Producer will propose a storyboard and a plan for execution using the audio read of the story (often recorded by the reporter) as a starting point. The Producer would identify when archival materials or additional reporting gathered in the field would enhance the story's narrated presentation.

The Producer will also craft the presentation using creative audio editing as well as sound design and music when warranted. When the narrated article would benefit from additional clarifying content or other narrative material - placed into the presentation as a topper, kicker, or interstitial scene - the Producer will suggest the thematic direction for this material and propose a plan for capturing it. In many cases, the Producer will record and edit interviews with reporters or other important contributors to create this content.

Producers work in close collaboration with an editor, and in some cases a senior producer, to take projects from conception to completion.

Job responsibilities include

  • Keeping up-to-date on the NYT's news, feature, and other writing across desks in order to pitch articles for a narrated treatment.
  • Scheduling and recording a reporter's narration of the story
  • Storyboarding and outlining plans for interesting "toppers", "kickers", or other scenes outside of the article to include in the narrated treatment
  • Occasionally recording in the field with and without reporters as necessary
  • Researching options for archival material if necessary
  • Building the audio edit of the story in Pro Tools
  • Updating the Pro Tools timeline to incorporate editorial feedback
  • Keeping production coordinators and other team members informed of timing for edit deliverables
  • Communicating with team members in sound design, music composition, mixing, and finishing to ensure that everyone has the knowledge they need in order to meet their deadlines
  • Suggesting and sourcing music and sound design elements/effects

Desired skills
  • 3+ years of experience in audio production
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A keen ear for good audio quality and compelling tape
  • Fluency in audio editing, music spotting, and sound design using Pro Tools
  • A practical understanding of audio recording and mixing concepts such as gain staging, equalization, noise reduction, volume automation, and loudness
  • Ability to conceptualize and outline/describe story arcs
  • Ability to share organized, clean sessions to audio mixers and other finishing staff
  • Ability to work with subject matter representing a wide diversity of topics and viewpoints
  • A collaborative, can-do attitude that is accepting of challenges

This position is represented by the News Guild of NY


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

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