Senior Producer, Shows - Culture

Job Description

The Senior Producer, Shows will be a part of guiding and growing a team dedicated to imagining and defining what The Times's cultural reporting, criticism, and analysis sounds like. NYT Audio is seeing a skilled Senior Producer well versed in The Times and in the world of arts and culture to push our ambitions forward.

You live and breathe music, tv, movies, books, theater, art and beyond and are not only obsessed with what people are talking about, but why they're talking about them - and what they should be talking about . You must be highly organized, self-directed and enterprising, and excited by the journalistic and storytelling opportunities at NYT.

You will be working across a range of stories, and will be responsible for working directly with the hosts, producers and NYT journalists to craft ideas that result in highly immersive, must-listen podcast episodes. You must be comfortable with scoring, building and editing 2-way interview conversations as well as narrative episodes.

As a Senior Producer, Shows you will function fairly autonomously in the work of producing episodes, in consultation with an editor. You will take the lead on planning and executing all aspects of production. This may include:

  • Working with Times newsroom to find show ideas for audio - through pitches from Times reporters and editors, through ongoing collaborations with Times reporters and editors and through monitoring Times story plans.
  • Driving the production process for a show, including leading pre-interviews and writing questions for interviews.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with Times reporters and editors
  • Produce full pieces of audio stories from start to finish, including research, booking, recording in the field and/or studio, cutting tape and mixing audio.
  • Occasionally recording in the field.
  • Directing the host/guests in studio and occasionally in the field.
  • Manage an editorial calendar, juggling immediate priorities and longer-term ambitions.
  • Training junior producers on how to build episodes, close shows, get great tape, structure stories, and edit audio.
  • Assembling, building, and scoring sessions in Pro Tools .
  • Working autonomously planning and building stories in consultation with an editor.
  • Supervise direct reports

Candidates may be expected to work autonomously and without direction to perform the functions of an Audio Producer and to supervise and train more junior producers.

Senior Producers Candidates must have:

  • A minimum 7+ years of production experience in audio
  • A collaborative spirit & ability to work well on a team.
  • Fluency in the world of arts and culture.
  • Expertise in audio editing, ideally using Pro Tools.
  • Creativity in structuring stories coherently and using tape in thoughtful ways that deepen the impact of a story.
  • An eagerness to create the best work possible.
  • Experience in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience working with a host.
  • Proven understanding of music scoring and sound design techniques and strategies.
  • Experience training more junior producers.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback clearly and compassionately.
  • Willingness and ability to use data to inform decisions.
  • Belief in The New York Times' mission and able to uphold the existing editorial standards of The Times.

This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY


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