The StoryCorps Production department takes full StoryCorps interviews and shapes them into 2-3 minute, highly crafted stories for our Peabody award-winning weekly broadcast series on NPR and for our weekly podcast.
The Production Assistant (PA) provides editorial, administrative and technical support to the department. The PA works directly with tape, editing first cuts of interviews for potential broadcast. The PA also researches and pitches stories, facilitates interviews, and produces audio for internal organizational use. The PA has a hand in each step of the production process, from story inception to final digital presentation.
StoryCorps tells stories from an inclusive range of American voices – with programs and initiatives including OutLoud, an initiative that collects the voices of the LGBTQ community, StoryCorps Griot to preserve stories of African Americans, StoryCorps Historias to collect the experiences of Latinos, and our National Teachers Initiative and Military Voices Initiative, focused on stories of America’s teachers and post-9/11 military, respectively. Candidates with knowledge of the histories and cultures of diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Edit StoryCorps interviews from all tiers of service using ProTools
- Research, pitch, and record StoryCorps interviews at booths and in the field for potential production use
- Produce promos and other internal audio to support StoryCorps departments and radio partners
- Conduct fact-checking for broadcast series as needed
- Research, acquire, and edit photos for broadcast stories
- Draft and design web posts for digital story presentation as needed
- Facilitate Production interviews both locally and nationally
- Provide general administrative and technical support to Production team
- Train and supervise Production interns, as assigned
- Train facilitators on Production best practices and processes
- Track production-worthy interview materials from tiers of service
- Support ongoing maintenance of department reports
- Manage weekly backup of StoryCorps content and maintain Production department broadcast archive
- Perform other tasks to support the Production function, as assigned
- You have at least one year in an editorial environment
- You have a Bachelor’s degree
- You have a working knowledge of ProTools or a similar digital audio editing program
- You are proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-mail (e.g. G-mail)
- You know how to communicate effectively – whether that’s by email, phone or in person
- You’re organized, have a keen attention to detail, and you’re able to multi-task effectively
- You are flexible and adaptable to a growing, changing organization
- You have cultural humility and an ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
- You are able to work quickly and efficiently under deadline without sacrificing quality
- You love working closely with a team, you’re also comfortable working autonomously
ADDITIONAL SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- You are proficient on a Mac platform.
- You have a basic understanding or fluency in a language other than English (Spanish strongly preferred)
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since our founding in 2003, StoryCorps has provided half a million of people of all backgrounds and beliefs with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, and leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the Library of Congress. We bring these interviews to life in stories produced for broadcast on public media (including our weekly Friday morning broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition"), our podcast, and/or our animations. Together, these stories reach an audience of tens of millions. StoryCorps maintains a relentless focus on diversity, and seeks to highlight voices often underrepresented in mainstream media. While our stories honor and celebrate the diversity of humankind, they also remind us of the many values and experiences we share in common, building bridges of greater understanding.
Our work has been widely recognized with several George Foster Peabody Awards, a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the 2015 TED Prize, and a 2016 Emmy award for our animation “Traffic Stop.”
This work couldn’t be accomplished without the unwavering commitment of the exceptional individuals who make up our organization. Our people are brilliant, hard-working, creative, and incredibly passionate about the vision we share: To touch the lives of every person in this country and to create a culture of listening in the United States.
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Applications without a cover letter will not be considered for candidacy.
StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.