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Audio Production Specialist, NPR Training

We’ve got the tools, we’re just missing you. (Deborah Lee/NPR)

(This position is no longer accepting applications.)

The NPR Training team is looking for an experienced audio producer with a journalist’s mind, an engineer’s ear, and a teacher’s heart. We want someone who knows great sound when they hear it and can help others understand how it got that way.

We need someone who knows how to gather, edit and mix audio while managing the myriad responsibilities of a news producer; someone who takes pleasure in learning and teaching about the tools of audio storytelling.

You’ll have an opportunity to become a leading voice on best practices in audio production. You’ll work with journalists at every level — from interns and first-time audio storytellers to veteran radio reporters, producers and editors. Through one-on-one and group sessions, conference workshops and posts on NPR’s training site, your work will reach hundreds of journalists across the country.

You’ll join a creative, enterprising team that thrives on individual expertise and a collaborative spirit. We focus on audio and digital storytelling, editing, audio production, design thinking, diversity, leadership and more. We are dedicated to creating a culture of journalistic excellence through reflection, experimentation and continuous learning.

Learn more about our team and how we’re growing


  • Develop curriculum on audio production for NPR and Member-station journalists, including topics like field production, identifying the best audio for stories and cutting and mixing audio
  • Create original material for the NPR Training site (, a growing public resource that has found new audiences outside of public media
  • Coordinate training on NPR’s production tools
  • Design engaging in-person and remote training sessions
  • Lead training initiatives at NPR, Member stations and industry conferences
  • Coach NPR journalists one-on-one, providing guidance and feedback
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 8 years journalism experience
  • At least 5 years producing experience with demonstrated ability to create high-quality audio journalism
  • Strong record of high journalistic standards, including standards of fairness, accuracy and inclusion
  • Proven ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with members of a team
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Record of collegial work
  • Ability to travel when needed
  • Passion for coaching and mentoring others

Preferred skills

  • Demonstrated ability to support and improve the work of others
  • Audio reporting or editing experience
  • Podcasting production experience
  • Public presentation/facilitation skills
  • Fluency with digital platforms and tools i.e. WordPress, Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Trello, etc. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. Apply here. When you apply, please include a resume and, in lieu of a traditional cover letter, answer the following prompts (Your responses don’t need to be long; one or two paragraphs per question):

  1. Tell us about a story you produced that you are proud of and why.
  2. The NPR Training team is based in the newsroom, but we’re not the people making the content you hear/read/watch. What appeals to you about our work?
  3. What’s one of the most pressing training needs in audio production today?
  4. We all know the basic equipment in a reporter’s kit, but tell us about one essential item in your bag and why it matters to you.
  5. What is something you would like us to know about yourself that we wouldn’t ordinarily get from a resume or cover letter?

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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Keith Woods is NPR's Chief Diversity Officer.