A Production Assistant helps create content for reporters, hosts, producers/editors at the show. They pitch story and interview ideas, conduct research, help arrange interviews, write copy for hosts.
Must be excited by news and energized by tight deadlines. Able to work a variety of shifts, and eager to engage audiences on all platforms with smart, insightful content.
Edits audio and drafts copy for air/publication
Prepares scripts and other materials as required
Builds sub-sections of program by editing, scripting and linking two or more related pieces, music and other elements
Goes on location (solo, or with reporters or hosts) and prepares/files material for air/publication
Stays current with major stories and regularly pitches ideas for interviews and pieces
Conducts research and assists in arranging interviews, by booking guests and handling associated logistics
Pre-interviews guests and prepares research material for hosts
Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION: Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience
At least one year experience in broadcasting /news journalism
Ability to edit audio on digital editing systems and operate self-op production facilities
Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
Ability to coordinate and collaborate efficiently with hosts and colleagues at NPR West in other locations
Ability to collect, organize and disseminate information effectively
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
Previous experience in radio broadcasting.
Fluency in multiple languages
Previous 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