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Audio Storytelling Specialist, NPR Training

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The NPR Training team is seeking an experienced audio journalist who gets excited about story structure, narrative, the craft of editing and the endless search for “good tape.” We want a lifelong learner who is a teacher at heart and who can find creative ways to break down knowledge and communicate it to others.

You’ll guide journalists of all levels, from interns and first-time audio storytellers to veteran radio reporters, producers and editors. You’ll have an opportunity to become a leading voice on best practices in audio storytelling. Through one-on-one and group sessions, conference workshops and posts on NPR’s training site (npr.org/training), 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.

Responsibilities

  • Develop audio storytelling curriculum for NPR and Member-station journalists, including on topics like front-end editing, writing and structuring stories
  • Create original material for the NPR Training site (https://www.npr.org/training), a growing public resource
  • Coach NPR journalists one-on-one, providing guidance and feedback
  • Design engaging in-person and remote training sessions
  • Lead training initiatives at NPR, Member stations and industry conferences
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning with techniques such as listening sessions
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years’ journalism experience with at least 3 years editing audio stories
  • Familiarity with audio production and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to support and improve the work of others
  • 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

Preferred skills

  • Audio reporting or producing experience
  • Experience producing and/or editing podcasts
  • Public presentation/facilitation skills
  • Fluency with digital platforms and tools i.e. WordPress, Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Trello, etc.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. When you apply here, 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 edited or produced that you are proud of and why (if applicable, include a link.)
  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 storytelling/editing today?
  4. Imagine you are working with a reporter or producer for the first time. What would you tell them about the things that matter most to you in the editing process?
  5. What is something you would like us to know 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.


Questions? Email trainingteam@npr.org