USA Today is seeking a full-time producer to join its investigative team working on The City podcast.

The City is a long-form investigative podcast that tells true stories of how power works in urban America. Each season we explore a different American city using a riveting news story as a vehicle to explore the city’s power structure and power brokers, its broken institutions, its henchmen, its heroes, and all the morally complicated characters in between. Season 1 of The City was set in Chicago. Apple Podcasts and the New York Times called it one of the best podcasts of 2018.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an obsessive podcast listener; a lover of long-form journalism in any medium; a skilled producer with an ear for great tape; a highly organized and detail-oriented worker; a strong, clear communicator; and a kind individual able to function well on a small, tight knit, collaborative team.

Position reports to The City’s Host and Executive Producer.

In this role, you will:

  • Be part of USA Today’s expanding investigative reporting team
  • Collaborate with staff and Host City reporters on remote reporting, tape gathering, and research
  • Build and maintain the show’s tape, transcript, and document libraries
  • Coach and support Host City reporters who may come from a print background as they transition into audio reporting
  • Lead tape cutting, including building the rough cut for individual podcast episodes
  • Contribute to the story-structuring process for individual podcast episodes and entire seasons
  • Produce related digital content for the show’s website and social media platforms
  • Contribute to pitch and story development for future seasons

 Required experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum two years professional experience in news radio, podcasting, documentary filmmaking, or related field
  • Proficiency with digital audio recording equipment in both field recording and studio settings
  • Proficiency with ProTools or another comparable non-linear digital audio editing software program
  • Experience with investigative reporting is desirable but not mandatory

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order: 

* Your resume—one to two pages, plus a cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job

* Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve written, produced, or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.


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