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.
If you stay on top of Minnesota news AND have ideas about untold stories worth telling, you might be the next Associate Producer for MPR News. We're putting together a team to craft a new show: MPR News with Angela Davis. This will be a daily show that covers the headlines, the way we live and how the state is changing.
Hosted by long-time Minnesota journalist Angela Davis, we'll feature Minnesotans close to the issues and invite listeners to join the conversation. If you've got social media chops, you can help us engage audiences before, during and after the show.
As Associate Producer, you'd work closely with Angela and other producers to shape and produce the daily show. To succeed here, you need to thrive on teamwork and collaboration. 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 Angela Davis, but could be asked to work with any MPR News program.
- 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.
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.
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.
Experience with Dalet newsroom software.
Demonstrated ability to edit audio.
Skill and experience in field production.
Experience with live news programming.
Familiarity with recent Minnesota news stories.
Experience screening listener phone calls during live broadcasts.
Reporting To This Position: None
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Required to walk, sit, and stand
Reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
Moderate noise level
Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions
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We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.