Producer II, Criminal Productions, Vox Media Studios
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A full time position
Fully remote: working with a USA-based team at Vox Media.
Salary: $88,000 (yearly rate)
WHO WE ARE
Criminal is one of the most-listened-to podcasts in the United States and has been called “the thinking person’s true crime podcast.” Founded in 2014, Criminal has been awarded numerous documentary prizes and has been praised by the ACLU of New York, the New York Times, and by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.
In 2018, the Criminal team launched This is Love. Time Magazine says, “The podcast tries to decode the mystery of how our romances, obsessions, and relationships drive us. Listening to it can feel like a contact high.”
Criminal Productions is part of Vox Media, the leading modern media company. We guide our audience from discovery to obsession. We inspire essential conversations about what’s now, what’s next, and what’s possible.
As a community of journalists and storytellers, business professionals, creators, and technologists, we believe it is a moral and business imperative to amplify voices: to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and media. This applies to our candidates, our teams, our storytelling, our creative work, and our platforms, products, and partnerships.
Producers plan and execute all phases of reporting and production for episodes of Criminal, This is Love, and future projects. Producers work closely with colleagues in a collaborative environment, sometimes taking the lead on writing a story and other times supporting colleagues with booking, research, tape-gathering, tape-editing, fact-checking, mixing, and more. If you're right for this role, you're a hands-on, deadline-driven, self-directed producer who's comfortable working independently to deliver high-quality produced pieces—but thrives in a team setting where many different voices are welcomed into the process of shaping the work.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Pitch unique and compelling story ideas and construct innovative ways to tell them
- Locate people who are hard to find and cold-call strangers
- Book studios and coordinate schedules with guests and our host
- Regularly conduct in-depth research and develop host questions
- Write scripts for the ear
- Edit interview audio and score episodes using Pro Tools, or be ready to learn how
- Participate in long collaborative group edits with our host and other producers
- Write social and newsletter copy as needed
- Jump in to help colleagues with other production tasks as needed
WHO YOU ARE
The ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience working on a narrative, non-fiction podcast. We’re looking for someone with a demonstrated ability to identify and structure a surprising story. You know your way around editing software - preferably Pro Tools.
Ideally you’re drawn to unusual details, with a hearty appetite for research (looking for a gem in a newspaper archive, getting curious about exceptions, and overlooked people, ideas, and institutions).
You think it feels good to write and revise collaboratively. You meet deadlines, and independently push your work forward in between edits. When you don’t know something, you’re comfortable admitting it. When you need help, you’re comfortable asking for it. You care deeply about facts and getting them right, and fact check yourself (even when you feel sure). When you approach stories and subjects, you’re a good listener. You’re open-minded, and interested in nuance and ambiguity.
Because we’re a small team, you must excel at collaborating, and be ready to help with all aspects of thriving podcasts, beyond direct production.
To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and links to 3-5 stories you’ve written and / or produced. In your cover letter, please be sure to address the following questions: What appeals to you about working with us? Which Criminal or This is Love episodes stand out to you? What’s your approach to finding, researching, and writing stories? Feel free to go longer than you usually do in a cover letter — we’d love to get a sense of how you think, write, and edit.
WHERE YOU’LL WORK
This job is remote. We are based in Durham, North Carolina, but you can live and work wherever is best for you. We’re dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our employees, and when we reopen, will require everyone who works from one of our offices to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees with approved religious or medical exemptions may be subject to additional safety requirements, such as submitting to regular COVID-19 testing and/or wearing a face covering in our offices.
**WHY VOX MEDIA?
WHAT WE OFFER
This is a permanent, full-time position. This job is benefits-eligible. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive benefits to support all of our employees wherever they are in life. You can find more information about our benefits here.
The annual base pay range for this job is $88,000.00 to $105,000.00.
The base salary range listed above represents the minimum and maximum pay for this position at the time of this posting. Final salary offered to the candidate selected for the position will be based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience.
This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East.
OUR DEI+ COMMITMENT
Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and create their best work. We recognize that great stories, platforms, products and services come from people with all manner of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that our commitments require ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability, transparency and communication. Learn more about our values here, and our approach to corporate citizenship here.
Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. Vox Media will also consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable Fair Chance laws. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations as part of the application process to candidates with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact our People & Culture team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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