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Throughline is our hit weekly history podcast that journeys into the past to better understand the present. History is often missing from our national discourse. The show aims to change that by exploring the history of current events through creative, immersive storytelling that uses cinematic production. Throughline brings the past to life in a fun, energetic way and reintroduces history to a new audience.
As the editor, you will be a key editorial position on a small, highly collaborative team. You will help conceive, shape and execute stories for the Throughline podcast as well as related broadcast and digital elements. You care about story structure, finding compelling characters, and fact checking. You write and support writing with flair and accuracy. A strong journalism background is a must, as is experience producing narrative non-fiction audio. If you equally nerd out on history and narrative storytelling, then this is the job for you.
Edits podcast episodes and other content, as needed
Active participant in pitch meetings, pitching specific stories as well themes/broader areas of coverage
Assists host/reporters with prep for interviews and reporting assignments
Assists host/reporters in organizing and focusing their stories throughout reporting, writing, editing and fact checking process
Assists with future planning, development of host projects, and strategic partnerships
Regularly provides constructive critiques of stories both verbally and in writing, at every stage of production
Reviews pitches from team and outside contributors
Monitors show for overall balance, variety of stories and types of pieces
Is responsible for overseeing fact checking process, editorial integrity and quality of published products
Edits stories for continuity, narrative strength, integrity of journalism, quality of writing, manner of presentation, and effectiveness of style. Ensures that all materials aired meet NPR program standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity, and balance
Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION: Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience.
At least seven years of journalism experience
Thorough knowledge of and passion for long-form narrative storytelling in the audio space
Experience with both news and feature editing
Demonstrated and consistent creative excellence in multi-platform production, including a proven understanding of best practices both audio and digital content creation
Ability to work collaboratively with a highly creative team
Ability to communicate clearly and be an effective member of a team that works in different locations
Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
Experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
Passion for historical stories