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Associate Producer, MPR News

Post Date:Oct 19, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:#152-19
Job Description:

About Us:

MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting and most recently received a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative reporting. Visit mprnews.org for the latest regional, national and international headlines. 

Your Role:

If you stay on top of the news AND have ideas about untold stories worth telling, you might be the next Associate Producer for MPR News. We're looking for a new team member to join MPR News with Kerri Miller a live, weekday call-in program. The show covers everything from politics to parenting, health sciences to science fiction, and more. The ideal candidate will have a passion for taking a deep dive into the biggest issues of the day and understands how to add value to audience engagement. 

Hosted by veteran journalist Kerri Miller, we feature dynamic guests from diverse backgrounds from across the country. 

As Associate Producer, you'd work closely with Kerri and other producers to shape and produce the daily show. To succeed here, you need to see story ideas in the world around you, have a diverse media diet, and be a self-starter. You'll support the booking, production and online presentation of the program including pitching, researching and booking guests. You may direct live broadcasts, screen calls, promote the show, and adapt shows for social media and MPRNews.org. 

This position is primarily dedicated to producing MPR News with Kerri Miller, but you could be asked to work with any MPR News program.

Position Responsibility: 

  • Coordinate guest bookings and technical requirements at remote studios.
  • Contribute ideas for future broadcasts.
  • Locate, contact, pre-interview, evaluate guests; book guests and confirm bookings.
  • Direct shows, manage the control room, set rundown timing and coordinate with remote studios.
  • Screen listener phone calls.
  • Write promos and scripts and edit and fact-check copy.  
  • Prepare audio for podcast, digital presentation and re-broadcast.
  • Research sources/guests for background and context.
  • Rewrite copy for accuracy and clarity.
  • Support hosts and prepare briefing materials for hosts.
  • Greet and interact with live studio guests.
  • Coordinate special projects.
  • Help manage MPR News social media channels.
  • Support other MPR news programs and special programming as needed.
  • Coordinate the work of interns.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Education and Experience:

Three or more years production, editorial, or related experience.
Experience writing for radio and/or print.
Experience booking guests for interviews or radio programs.
Familiarity with social media platforms.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Solid news judgment
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
A track record of developing stories that draw on diverse perspectives/source list
Affinity for working with a team.
Reads widely across a variety of current news sources.
Ability to generate fresh and strong ideas for the programs.
Ability to react to breaking news, changing situations, and change the program accordingly.
Excellent organizational skills; effective with details and deadlines.
Ability to learn new industry-specific skills as required.
Research skills.
Interest in and general knowledge of news, current events and public radio industry.
Interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals, such as audience, guests, hosts, and other MPR staff members.
Preferred Skills and Experience:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
Demonstrated ability to edit audio.
Experience with live news programming.
Familiarity with national news stories.
Experience screening listener phone calls during live broadcasts.

MPR News values producers, editors, and reporters from all backgrounds. We are looking to hire the right person ' not the right resume. We encourage those with diverse and nontraditional experience to apply.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Contact Information
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States
Email/URL: https://americanpublicmedia.applicantpro.com/jobs/913464.html

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