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A News/Production Assistant assists in producing program material for hosts, producers/editors, reporters and other contributors for Weekend Edition. This position assists in generating story and interview ideas, conducts research, assists in arranging interviews and writes copy for hosts. Strong research, writing, and communications skills are essential, both for audio and digital/social platforms. This is a fast paced, deadline driven environment where quality journalism comes first.
• Stays current with major stories and regularly pitches ideas for interviews and pieces
• Edits audio for air
• Conducts research and assists in arranging interviews, by booking guests and handling associated logistics
• Pre-interviews guests and prepares research material for hosts
• Drafts host copy, including but not limited to, scripts, billboards, tape and copy elements, connective copy between elements
• Gathers news, and interacts with audience (as necessary and assigned), through relevant social media platforms
• Goes on location (solo, or with hosts or reporters) and prepares/files material for air/publication
• May be given assignments on different platforms, such as multimedia production, including writing Web text, producing interactive material and multimedia content
• Works various shifts, as assigned
• Performs other duties as assigned, including possibility of newsroom rotations to support other NPR news magazines, newscast unit, news gathering desks, programming or other editorial teams as required.
Additional Responsibilities for a Production Assistant:
• Builds sections of program by editing, scripting and linking two or more related pieces, music and other elements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience demonstrating a proven interest in journalism.
• Ability to edit audio on digital editing systems
• Ability to collect, organize and disseminate information effectively through standard show workflow and protocols
• Strong research skills across legacy and new media data sources
• Demonstrated writing ability with an emphasis on clarity, economy of phrase and a strong grasp of the rules of grammar
• Demonstrated ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Ability to handle more than one assignment at a time; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively
• 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
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
• Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer
Additional requirements for a Production Assistant:
• At least one year experience in broadcasting
• At least one year experience in news journalism
• Experience in radio broadcasting.
• Fluency in multiple languages
• Experience producing in and operating digital audio self-op facilities
• Digital media skills, including proficiency in social media as a tool for topic research, news-gathering and audience interaction