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New York Times Producer, Opinion Audio in New York, New York

Job Description

New York Times Opinion is ramping up its audio ambitions. The medium is ideal for showcasing unique, diverse and provocative voices and conversations, which have long been at the core of our mission.As part of our growing portfolio, we are developing a debate podcast that features Opinion writers and contributors engaging on the most urgent issues of our time. The Producer will dig in to all aspects of production, including working with hosts, pitching guests, booking and prepping, directing and shaping interviews, scripting, assembling Pro Tools sessions, and editing tape with ease and speed. You should thrive in a fast-paced news environment. You should also believe that opinions are more interesting when they’re interrogated, that criticism and empathy can co-exist, and that civil disagreement can deepen our understanding of the world. What you should possess: an appreciation for longform interviews and conversation; a knack for wrangling and charming talent; a willingness to experiment, to be challenged, and to challenge others; an enthusiasm for launching new things into the world.Because we aim to promote the most intelligent and provocative conversations across a range of subjects —including politics, criminal justice, race, global affairs, technology, culture and business — this person must have intellectual range and curiosity. This person must be collaborative, ready to work closely with the other producers and editors on the Opinion Audio team. You should be interested in creating argued, bold opinionated audio in different formats, and elevating a diverse range of voices.In addition to producing this show, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch in to the development of new shows, as well. So you should be enthusiastic and curious about all formats, whether they take the shape of longform interviews, panel discussion or narrative series. You’ll have to be game for trying and failing, piloting and re-piloting, testing out new audio talent both within and outside the department. And you’ll have to be really into managing several projects at once. This is a new department building new things. You should be driven to start things from the ground up. Responsibilities :

  • Working with hosts and guests in studio and remotely, booking and pre-interviewing guests, prepping hosts, writing scripts and interview questions

  • Logging tape

  • Cutting tape on a tight deadline and without needing significant edits or oversight

  • Building episodes and stories in Pro Tools with minimal oversight using interviews, archive materials, music, etc.

  • Receiving and incorporating edits from Managing and Senior Producers and Editors, as well as hosts

  • Writing scripts, researching, fact-checking

  • Building episode pages, writing show notes and working with our audience and social media teams

  • Collaborating with Times Opinion writers and contributors.

  • Working with engineer to finalize technical aspects of the show

Skills and Experience

  • Experience producing two- and three-ways, and ideally conversation or debate shows.

  • Experience producing interviews, engineering recording sessions, and shaping debate with a sense of the big idea

  • Demonstrated success in the creation of innovative content under pressure

  • Pro tools wizardry

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, deadlines, news judgment and time-management.

  • Experience working with talent

  • An independent work ethic combined with a love for and patience with the collaborative process.

  • Experience working with audio talent

  • An independent work ethic combined with a love for and patience with the collaborative process.

  • Experience in a fast-paced news environment

This is a Guild position.

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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