Via This American Life:
“We’re looking for people who excel at bringing a story from the seeds of an idea to a final edit: finding an original angle, planning interviews, listening to tape, structuring, writing. A good candidate ideally can do this for their own stories and can lead others through this process as well. Our staff producers create their own stories and also produce others’. These include small personal stories, longform investigative pieces, and reporting that takes on bigger national and international issues. Producers oversee tape gathering, they edit audio, they structure and write stories. They generate ideas for stories and for full episodes. They produce entire episodes. Some direct talent in the studio and do audio mixes. A crucial part of the job is editing: listening to drafts of other producers’ stories and giving notes. This is a very collaborative office.
Since our entire story process is driven by the taste, observations and interests of our staff, we believe that having a diverse staff is the only way to effectively document the reality of life in this country with the proper nuance and perspective. A more diverse group of people putting together the show makes us better at every stage of the editorial process, from story selection to line editing. So we encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women and gender-nonconforming candidates to apply.
We welcome journalists and documentary filmmakers and editors who do narratives like ours, but who’ve never worked in radio.”