Senior Producer – The Futuro Media Group (New York, NY)
Latino USA’s Senior Producer serves a leadership function at the Futuro Media Group, supervising a team of producers and associate producers, and overseeing the editorial and production process of Latino USA. The Senior Producer works alongside the Senior Editor and Production Manager of Latino USA to form the three-part Latino USA leadership team. This is a full-time position that reports to Latino USA’s Senior Editor.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise the production process of Latino USA, including assigning work, managing workflow and deadlines, and show planning.
- Manage the production team, including the producers, associate producers and producer/engineer.
- Hire, train, manage, evaluate and mentor staff;
- Run regular production meetings;
- Work in tandem with Senior Editor to create programming schedule
- Provide editorial support and feedback to Senior Editor as necessary.
- Oversee tracking of show host
- Oversee programming pipeline to ensure execution of audio stories in a timely manner;
- Assist and coordinate with web, marketing and development to ensure that they have all elements needed to maintain LUSA content online and keep development abreast of relevant LUSA endeavors;
- Participate in editing of in-house and freelancer segments, including 2-ways when applicable
- Edit audio and copy as needed
- Leadership role in high-level team meetings, planning, and problem solving
- Foster a workplace that inspires each team member to grow, thrive, and think critically and creatively about issues including but not limited to: Latino community, media criticism, race, social justice, immigration, health, education, criminal justice, sports, popular culture, and music.
- Work with the Production Manager and Development Department to develop budgets and grant proposals.
- Work with FMG leadership to create a sustainable, growing, and thriving organization and develop new media products.
- Serve as a primary point of contact for National Public Radio, member stations, and partner organizations as well as other collaborators.
- Work with other FMG products (such as America by the Numbers and In The Thick ) to ensure well-integrated cross-collaboration and promotion.
- Assist senior staffers with development and implementation of online strategies;
- Lead in hiring new staff for the production department in conjunction with the production manager.
Success in the Job Will Require:
- Ability to work in a team environment that promotes collaboration and effective communication across all departments
- Ability to solve problems as they arise
- Excellent journalism and storytelling instincts
- Sensitivity to reporting on untold stories, underreported communities and cutting edge storytelling
- Sensitivity to a workplace environment committed to diversity
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Six or more years of radio reporting/producing experience
- Experience managing people or in a leadership position
- Self-starter and creative thinker
- Understanding of current trends in public, commercial, and digital media
- Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
- Strong attention to detail and excellent organization skills
- Exceptional skills in diplomacy
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under pressure to meet deadline in a fast-paced environment
- Sense of humor
- Spanish language a big plus
DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Cover letter stating qualifications, resume, and contact information for three (3) references must be submitted to be considered for this position. One of your references should be someone whom you directly managed so we can get a sense of your managerial style.
To apply, please send your application materials via email with the subject “Latino USA Senior Producer Position” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.
No phone calls, please.
Editor, Latino USA – The Futuro Media Group (New York, NY)
NPR’s Latino USA, a national weekly radio program about Latino stories is taking applications for an Editor full-time position.
We’re looking for someone to join our expanding and vibrant team of radio journalists to work as a story editor, both with freelance contributors and with our staff, to shape and refine their stories. 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 while also having an impeccable taste and vision for story. Part of the job will be to help mentor producers into better storytellers, so a familiarity with the production process is a must. 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—even if it’s technically outside of their job description if needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Senior Editor with additional direction from the Senior Producer and the Production Manager, the Editor will:
- Work to shape and edit stories with in-house producers 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, including other Futuro properties if necessary;
- 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;
- Fill in for Senior Producer as needed;
- Write and edit web content and social media posts 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.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in journalism, communications, Latino studies, or a related field, or comparable work experience;
- Narrative, long-form editing experience strongly preferred, 1-2 years experience working specifically as a radio editor a plus;
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience producing radio or podcasts with an emphasis on storytelling, character-driven audio OR a combination of print experience with at LEAST one year producing audio. We like radio that feels like movies for your ears;
- 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 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 to be considered for this position. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter via email with the subject “Latino USA Editor Position” to email@example.com.
Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted. Position open until filled.
No phone calls, please.
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.
Futuro Media is a diverse work environment and encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.
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.