Senior Editor, Latino USA
The Senior Editor is the editorial head of NPR’s Latino USA, an award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast that focuses on Latinos and the Latino experience. The Senior Editor supervises the editorial and production process of the show, edits individual stories, and is responsible for overseeing the tone and content of the program, adhering to rigorous journalistic standards as well as consistently bringing cutting-edge storytelling to the show. The Senior Editor, along with the Senior Producer and the Production Manager form the three-part Latino USA leadership team.
This is a full-time position based in Harlem, New York City that reports to Futuro Media’s Executive Director, and works closely with Host/Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa and all other departments at Futuro Media.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Serve as general head of Latino USA’s editorial content. Oversee all editorial/creative aspects of the show, from developing story ideas to reviewing the final weekly show and maintaining the editorial, style and production standards of the program.
- Oversee editing processes and manage the junior editor and other editorial staff as necessary.
- Decide on editorial angles of stories and interviews.
- Work with in-house producers, freelancers and collaborators to edit, produce and shape stories in Latino USA’s style.
- Supervise writing and editing of show scripts.
- Lead pitch meetings.
- Provide detailed edit notes on stories at various stages of production.
- Maintain a consistent sound and “voice” of the show.
- Develop and execute partnerships for editorial content with other programs and journalistic outlets.
- Responsible for program’s balance and adherence to NPR and Futuro Media codes of ethics.
- Supervise writing and editing of web content associated with radio stories.
- Regularly assesses the show’s content and editorial priorities.
- Provide vision and leadership to editorial and production staff of Latino USA.
- As needed, support Host/EP and senior staff with Development-related tasks.
- As needed, provide editing or act as an editorial sounding board for other Futuro Media properties.
Success in the job will require:
- Ability to work in a team environment that promotes collaboration and effective communication across all departments.
- Adaptability and the ability to solve problems as they arise.
- Excellent journalism chops.
- Sensitivity to reporting on untold stories and underreported communities.
- A cutting edge storytelling sense.
- Sensitivity to a workplace environment committed to diversity.
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Eight plus years of radio reporting or production experience.
- Proven editing experience either on audio or in print.
- Significant experience making long form or narrative audio.
- Experience as a manager and/or in a leadership position.
- Self-starter and creative thinker.
- Strong experience working with editorial standards and processes.
- Understanding of current trends in audio storytelling and production.
- Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail and excellent organization skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work under pressure to meet deadline in a fast-paced environment.
- Sense of humor.
- Some Spanish-language proficiency required, native-speaker or fully fluent a big plus.
Cover letter stating qualifications, resume, work samples and contact information for three (3) references must be submitted to be considered for this position.
To apply, please send your application materials via email with the subject “Latino USA Senior Editor Position” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.
No phone calls, please.
Fellow, Latino USA
NPR’s Latino USA, a national weekly radio program about Latino stories, is taking applications for an 8-month-long fellowship. We are seeking recent graduates from a journalism program or journalism professionals with a passionate interest in reporting that centers the voices and stories of girls, young women, and gender-fluid individuals of color in NYC. The fellowship is funded by the New York Women’s Foundation and will focus on stories that encourage girls, young women, and gender-fluid youth of color to lead self-determined lives and create a culture and narrative shift to advance gender and racial equity in NYC.
The fellowship is open to female and/or gender-fluid individuals who are early-career reporters with no more than five years’ experience in the field. They will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, honing their journalistic and storytelling skills as well as gaining technical radio broadcasting and podcasting skills.
The fellowship will start in February 2018 and end in May 2018, and it will include a monthly stipend of $1,730 that will be paid out bi-weekly throughout the duration of the fellowship. The fellow will be based out of our Harlem offices. The Fellow will be immersed in Latino USA’s editorial and production process, particularly gaining feedback on how to research, pitch, produce and edit stories from Latino USA’s unique perspective.
The ideal candidate should play well with others and enjoy production and reporting. 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.
Duties and expectations
Reporting to a Latino USA Producer with additional direction from the Production Manager as well as editing guidance from the Editorial staff, the Fellow will:
- Attend editorial meetings on days they are in the office;
- Generate ideas for coverage of stories that encourage girls, young women, and gender-fluid youth of color to lead self-determined lives and create a culture and narrative shift to advance gender and racial equity in NYC.;
- Bring well-developed pitches to our bi-weekly pitch meetings;
- Produce no fewer than three (3) stories during the duration of the Fellowship. These stories will potentially air nationally on Latino USA;
- Provide multimedia content (web copy, tweets, Facebook entries, photos, etc.) for each story;
- Encourage local community organizations to share these stories with the communities they serve.
- Work approximately 3 days a week.
For stories that they produce, the Fellow will be expected to:
- Write and edit segments as needed;
- Report, write, voice, and edit segments;
- Contribute copy to show scripts as assigned;
- Secure and organize audio materials for segments;
- Participate in group listens of their segments;
- Participate, as needed, on reporting trips (solo, with host, and/or with other producers);
- Assist in fact-checking scripts to ensure editorial integrity and quality of content;
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, Latino studies, or a related field, or comparable work experience;
- 1+ years work experience in radio journalism, or 2+ years experience in other journalism medium plus some audio production experience;
- Spanish language skills a strong plus, but not required;
- A knack for developing relationships and sources;
- Experience with ProTools or similar digital audio editing platforms;
- Demonstrated ability to follow a beat;
- Commitment to diverse coverage within and outside of the Latino community, in terms of sexual orientation, gender, and race;
- Have an ear for good tape and a knack for developing relationships and sources;
- Demonstrate ability to pitch character-based, narrative stories with scenes (like a movie for your ears);
- Excellent attention to detail is key;
- Excellent team player and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
- Be someone who would do anything to not miss a deadline;
- Strong time management skills;
- Ability to work independently while also fitting into a small, focused team;
- Be curious with a desire to keep learning;
- Accept productive criticism and feedback intended to help you grow;
- Must love radio/podcasts.
- Location: NYC
- Salary: $1,250 a month period paid biweekly, for 3 days a week.
- Recording equipment and audio editing software will be provided.
- Travel stipend of $116.50 a month will be provided
- Duration: 3/2018 through 6/2018
Please submit the following:
- a cover letter summarizing your background and goals, and why you would be an appropriate fit for this fellowship;
- your resume stating qualifications;
- three (3) work samples to your audio work (can be links);
- and two (2) references.
Optional: An outline of a Project proposal and your reporting strategy, and summary of media coverage of the subject you wish to cover.
Must be submitted by Friday, January 12th, 2018 to be considered for this position, but we encourage early applications.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter via email with the subject “Latino USA NYWF Fellowship” to email@example.com. Please include where you saw this job posting.
Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.
No phone calls, please.
Radio Internships, Latino USA
NPR’s Latino USA is produced out of our Harlem office by The Futuro Media Group, an independent non-profit media organization that explores and gives voice to the diversity of the American experience. Latino USA is a weekly hour-long radio magazine show hosted by Maria Hinojosa. The show airs in about 200 public radio stations nationwide with a podcast that got more than 2 million downloads in 2017.
We are looking for the next great radio producer! We want self-starters to help in the production of the show covering everything from news to cultural trends affecting Latinos in the U.S. The staff is small, so there is a lot of room to do meaningful work.
- Research segment topics and interview subjects
- Pre-interview subjects before they come to studio
- Participate in editorial and production meetings
- Research and gather materials for show website
- Assist in assembling the weekly show
- Assist in reporting and recording audio for stories produced in-house
- Assist in writing scripts for host interviews
- Assist in editing audio from studio interviews
- Develop and produce an enterprise story for radio.
- Advanced matriculated college student—graduate or advanced undergraduate
- Self-directed and can work with a team in a fast-paced, extremely dynamic office environment.
- Excellent, snappy, vibrant writing, especially for radio and web
- Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and other team members
- Familiarity with ProTools or other audio editing software programs
- Familiarity with news outlets from around the country
- Familiarity with policy and cultural trends, as well as with socioeconomic and racial/ethnic demographics of communities around the U.S.
- Familiarity with radio production process
- Familiarity with radio recording equipment
- Good writing, good at QA checking and copyediting
Send cover letter outlining how your interests, skills and experiences that line up with what Latino USA does. Please also email a one-page resume and a writing sample of no more than 3 pages, something that shows off your mastery of style and content. If you have audio samples, send links or mp3s also.
The timeline for Latino USA internships are as follows:
For the Spring Internship (January 15–May 1):
Application deadline: November 30
Decisions by: December 15
For the Summer Internship (June 1–August 15):
Application deadline: April 30
Decisions by: May 15
For the Fall Internship (Sep 15–Dec 15):
Application deadline: July 30
Decisions by: August 15
Please email all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “LUSA Internship,” and the term you are applying for.
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. 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 female and/or gender-fluid individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged 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.