WSJ seeks a supervising producer for news podcasts

December 8, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a supervising producer to join its daily news podcast team.

The supervising producer drives daily production for two of the WSJ’s specialized daily podcasts, Tech News Briefing and YourMoney Briefing, but also works across the unit’s podcasts, ensures that needs of outside partners are met and fills in for the Executive Producer, News when needed.

Top candidates for this role will have excellent editorial judgment, strong production experience and team-management skills, be highly organized, with an ability to manage multiple projects at once. Collaboration, decisiveness and clear communication are critical for this role.

Though you will be a key manager in this unit, this is a hands-on role. We are seeking an experienced producer with a strong track record of pitching, developing, field producing and elevating original audio series.

This position will be based in our New York City office and reports to the Executive Producer, News.

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter clearly outlining how your skills and experience meet or exceed the key candidate requirements and five links to past work that represents the type of work described. Candidates who do not submit cover letters will not be considered.

You will:

  • Work with the executive producer to manage a small group of audio producers and hosts to produce daily podcasts.
  • Support the executive producer acting as the daily podcast team’s eyes and ears within the WSJ newsroom.
  • Manage assignments for audio producers and help produce and edit audio for the show.
  • Pitch, book interviews, research, fact-check, script and edit in the WSJ voice.
  • Attend pitch meetings, offer editorial feedback, and contribute to story generation and idea development.
  • Interview WSJ reporters and sources, coaching those without audio experience.
  • Provide clear, constructive notes and timely feedback on scripts and cuts.
  • Ensure all content meets the highest production value and all WSJ journalistic and legal standards are followed.
  • Complete additional duties as assigned, including supporting other WSJ podcast productions in New York, San Francisco and London.

You have:

  • At least 5 years of experience in audio storytelling for a daily podcast or radio program, preferably in news.
  • Experience leading and managing a team in a collaborative and creative way.
  • Strong journalistic judgment, with experience fact-checking and editing audio scripts, both before and after recordings.
  • Professional experience with using Adobe Audition, Pro Tools or other DAWs to cut and mix audio for audio publications.
  • Ability to learn and write in a specific brand voice.
  • Flexibility to switch gears as needed and react to breaking news while remaining calm under deadline pressure.
  • Experience communicating with and booking talent.
  • Experience field recording, and on-air work is a plus.

The Journal’s reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.

To apply, go here.

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