WSJ seeks an executive producer for news podcasts

October 28, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking an executive producer to oversee its growing selection of news podcasts.

Top candidates for this position will demonstrate excellent journalistic instincts, creative production and team-management skills. You will be in charge of inspiring a team of audio journalists to produce innovative, creative work under tight deadline pressures.

Please note, this is a hands-on position where you will be expected to coach beat reporters and news editors to strengthen their voiceover skills, researching, writing and producing audio coverage, as needed, and provide clear and productive notes on scripts and programs in production.

We are looking for an editorial leader with a proactive and entrepreneurial spirit. A start-up mentality, with a drive to innovate and iterate, and a proven track record developing and launching new series quickly in a matrixed organization, while managing daily, current production are crucial for this role. You will also collaborate with editors and reports across our global newsroom, ensuring the breadth and depth of WSJ’s reporting is represented in our audio journalism.

This position will be based in our New York City offices and will report to the Editorial Director of News podcasts.

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter clearly outlining how your skills and experience meet or exceed the key candidate requirements and at least three examples of non-fiction podcasts you’ve produced that demonstrate innovative and fresh approaches to audio that are not derivative.

Candidates who do not submit cover letters and examples will not be considered.

You will:

  • Manage a team of audio producers, journalists, and hosts to produce daily and weekly news, analysis and feature podcasts.
  • Propose new and original ideas for timely and relevant programming on a regular basis.
  • Engage with business and marketing teams to identify and capitalize on sponsorship opportunities, growing the WSJ’s audience and exceeding revenue expectations.
  • Leverage the WSJ archive for unique stories that can be developed into original audio programming.
  • Work with the partnerships team to develop industry-leading executions and distribution integrations on in-home and mobile devices.
  • Coordinate with platforms and vendors, proactively taking all necessary steps to ensure timely and uninterrupted distribution of WSJ audio content.
  • Partner with the technical operations team to ensure audio equipment, studios and facilities are functioning and up to date.
  • Ensure that all WSJ journalistic and legal standards are followed at all times.
  • Complete additional duties as assigned.

You have:

  • At least eight years’ experience working in a non-fiction audio environment, producing original audio content and overseeing a team.
  • Deep understanding of current business and markets trends, domestic and international news, pop culture, tech and politics.
  • Demonstrated experience producing compelling programs under tight deadline constraints.
  • Full knowledge of and experience with distribution and ad- serving providers.
  • Clear communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work late hours and weekends as news developments and time zone considerations may warrant.

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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