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WAMU 88.5 seeks a producer

June 7, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.

The Producer develops, creates and manages stories, guests, conversations, and produced audio for news-oriented live talk audio programs with a multimedia presence focused on topics of local interest. The Producer is responsible for researching topics; and for conceptualizing and shaping compelling stories on air and online, and deal efficiently and appropriately with breaking news.

Essential Functions:

  1. Plan, shape, and execute segments related to current events, with an eye towards creating compelling content that sparks vibrant conversations on air and online. Frame issues for debate; identify, contact, and interview potential guests under stringent time deadlines; and write promotional and program scripts for the on-air host. Includes research, pre-interviewing and booking topics and guests.
  2. Work with Editor and Marketing and Events team to develop community events on timely topics. Select topics, guests and locations that reflect the diversity of issues and communities across our region. Coordinate across key departments (e.g., Events, Marketing, Engineering, Content, etc.) to ensure events are integrated into the station’s larger event and promotion schedule. Develop planning and rundown materials for events, set and lead planning meetings with key station staff, collaborate on promotional materials, and outreach to engage and attract a robust and diverse audience for the event.
  3. Participates in Newsroom meetings. Identifies and prepares audio/visual assets as needed for audio program and digital presence. Oversees assigned content website presence, social media, audience engagement and podcast.
  4. Collaborates with technical staff to ensure high quality production

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • 4 – 6 years of relevant experience in broadcast journalism/producer.

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