Senior Producer, Serial Productions

Job Description

The Serial team is the home to some ofaudio's best and most successful long-form journalists and narrative storytellers, producing the hit podcasts Serial, S-Town and Nice White Parents. After joining the New York Times in the summer of 2020, Serial is now expanding its team to create more groundbreaking shows, more often. The success of Serial podcasts has always been rooted in its team, and the team's commitment to high-quality, innovative and surprising storytelling. We're looking for audio professionals with experience in and a passion for narrative journalism. But, just as importantly, Serial seeks fearless storytellers who are excited to think about new approaches to the podcast form.

The Audio Producer 2 position for Serial is based out of Serial's offices on 27th Street in New York City, where Serial shares workspace and collaborates editorially with the staff at This American Life. Producers will be working to grow the editorial ambitions of Serial, and will develop and produce their own shows, while supporting and advising shows produced by others on the team.

You will work with the executive editorial team (Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Supervising Producer) to develop story and show ideas and act as lead producer on narrative-driven stories and series from conception to broadcast. Depending on the specific story and your own interests, you will sometimes act as the lead reporter/host on a show, and sometimes as the lead producer working with a different reporter/host. Ideally, you will be familiar with, and excited by, both roles. You will work with associate producers and editors who will support your work. The executive team at Serial is committed to helping producers strengthen their skills, expand their roles and pursue ambitious ideas.

At times, the Serial producer may work with creators and reporters who don't have longform audio experience, therefore we are looking for candidates who have a strong background in audio production, whether as a producer, editor or reporter. Experience reporting, structuring and editing character-driven narrative stories is a plus.

Serial is committed to building and growing a team of excited, opinionated, dynamic podcast producers. You will help to support a culture of experimentation, mutual support and editorial excellence.

This position reports to the Supervising Producer, Serial Productions.

Responsibilities include:
  • Monitoring news and media outlets in search of possible ideas for narrative-driven series
  • Participating in vetting and brainstorming story ideas with Serial editors and leadership
  • Finding and researching ideas for narrative-driven stories and series
  • Potentially collaborating with This American Life producers on various facets of production
  • Reporting, developing, and casting narrative series in collaboration with an editor
  • Structuring and writing scripts in collaboration with an editor
  • Field reporting, collaborating in the field with reporters when stories warrant
  • Intentionally seeking and creating opportunities for good tape in interviews and in the field
  • Building stories in Pro Tools using reporter interviews, source interviews, archive materials, music, etc.
  • Demonstrating technical and editorial skill in cutting tape according to natural pacing and flow of conversation. Editing with an understanding of the full arc of the story and how the beats unfold for clarity and impact.
  • Practicing self-editing, making editorial decisions around length, format, and tone before and during production
  • Demonstrating editorial fluency -- able to identify when stories or parts of stories don't work and why, and build tools to create solutions
  • Exercising editorial judgment reflective of Serial's mission and principles


Skills:
  • A passion for the making of podcasts and new forms of storytelling
  • An interest in and understanding of the need for diverse and underrepresented voices in modern journalism and storytelling
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with the processes of podcast production, including but not limited to studio and remote recording, writing for audio, and ProTools production
  • Collaborative spirit is a must
  • Empathy, both for subjects and co-workers; in these complicated times, schedules, homelife, family situations, and more are in constant flux. It's important to be flexible and understanding


Experience:
  • The ideal candidate has 4+ years of experience as an audio producer for a newsroom, podcast, or other multimedia production. Previous experience producing and launching podcasts preferred.
  • Passion for journalism, the mission of Serial and The Times, and a curiosity in the rapidly evolving media landscape
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred
  • Knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards
  • A portfolio of work or samples of previous projects


This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY

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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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