Radio producer

We are looking for a radio producer

At Science Friday, we explore everything from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies. We are great at spreading science. And we’ve always been digital innovators. We created the first public media podcast and ran an online radio show in 1993. But we’re much more than a radio show.

If you are smart, curious, creative and, above all, passionate about science, we need you on our radio team as a radio producer. As a Producer at Science Friday, you’ll follow important science news and headlines, translate studies and research in journals into engaging conversations, and find issues that matter to you and look beyond the weekly news cycle and the transform into unique science stories. We are looking for someone who is interested in everything from vaccines to Mars missions to cephalopods.

We are looking for a creative and curious producer who has experience reporting on science or related topics. Qualified candidates will have some experience producing for radio or podcasts, excellent news judgment, experience working in a deadline-driven environment, the ability and passion for finding new voices and diverse guests for our show.

Radio producers spend the majority of their time pitching, researching, pre-interviewing and booking guests, and writing a weekly cover copy for the live, pre-recorded Science Friday radio show. They also write web copy to accompany your segments, research topics and themes for our live remote broadcasts and long-term projects, and occasionally collect sound from the field. For pre-recorded shows, producers also edit segments with the help of the lead producer.

Responsibilities include:

Weekly radio presentation and pre-production tasks

  • Run 3-4 segments per week
  • Presentation and report 2 to 4 audio reports per year
  • Research and pre-interview potential clients
  • Pitch ideas for long-term segments or series for the show
  • Preparing web lines for segments

Weekly radio production tasks

  • Produce and edit two segments per week for the weekly pre-produced radio show. This may involve producing a segment for this week and a segment for a future week.
  • Writing Host and Station Promotional Copy
  • Writing scripts and segment questions for the host
  • Collecting pre-interview tapes for use in promotions and billboards
  • Work with the audience team to develop Voxpop questions and manage answers for inclusion in the Friday show
  • Interaction and coordination with the host, Ira Flatow
  • Prepare research papers, meet with host to discuss segment
  • Writing weblines for segments
  • Cut and edit pre-recorded segments
  • Ad hoc weekly radio tasks
  • Replacement of the director of the radio program
  • Replace the director’s edit and tag the podcast after the show
  • Replacement of the director directing the live show
  • Hosting selected radio segments approximately 12 times a year or at least once a month.
  • Brainstorm and collaborate with the Audience team on digital versions of segment pages, including adding multimedia content.
  • Audio recording and cutting for potential audio postcards
  • Work with the Audience team to develop social media resources to support the radio show
  • Traveling and producing local live events
  • Represent Science Friday at national and international conferences and events
  • Occasional organizational tasks:
    • Grant applications, reports and follow-up, as needed
    • Monthly expense report
    • Attendance at quarterly board meetings, as available
    • Donor and public engagements through social media, newsletters and events

Training/Experience required

  • A minimum of two years of professional experience covering science or related beats, preferably radio or audio
  • Bachelor’s degree, with training or experience in journalism

Required Skills

  • Good communicator – in person, in print and online
  • Passion for science, technology and media, and excellent instinct for stories that will resonate with our audience
  • Ability to find new angles on over-reported science stories
  • Excellent writing skills, sense of language
  • Interest or even love for science, technology and the media
  • Ability to find new angles on over-reported science stories
  • Curiosity about how the world works
  • Ability to review scientists and expert guests
  • Experience reading and distilling scientific literature for a lay audience
  • Excellent ear for audio; appreciation as a listener and creator for the audio world
  • Basic audio production/editing/mixing skills
  • Detail oriented, comfortable with organizational tasks
  • Able to manage multiple short and long term deadlines; concentrated
  • The patient can immerse themselves in research and fact-checking with pleasure
  • Basic social media proficiency – you can reuse and promote audio projects across the web and social platforms

Favorite Skills

  • National radio/audio experience
  • Basic production experience in the field

Wage scale

$55,000 to $68,000 depending on experience.

Please apply with your CV, cover letter and links to two audio clips here.

Additional information:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Science Friday (and this role) is operating in a hybrid capacity where all employees can work remotely or from our Manhattan office. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is New York City staff. This role is expected to operate entirely from the New York Metro area and office when safe to do so.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Science Friday is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. SciFri operates with the knowledge that journalism and learning benefits from a wide range of perspectives, from all walks of life. Diversity is essential for honest, trustworthy, and accurate storytelling and fosters a healthier, happier, and more creative atmosphere. Science Friday strives to create an institution where all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. by the law.

About our workplace:

  • We have a flexible leave policy that easily accommodates religious holidays, travel holidays, personal and parental leaves, and sick days. We close our offices twice a year for one week for all staff recharge time (mid-year in July and December for a winter break). We do not work on Thanksgiving Day or the following Friday.
  • Our building has a secure lobby with fully handicapped accessible entrance and key card elevator service. We have a flexible open office with adjustable standing desks, adjustable chairs and large external screens; our office also includes a small recording studio, lounge, and a handful of flexible, separate offices and conference rooms.
  • We use the headphones a lot during the work day. We are really in office factories.
  • We provide 401K matching, health, vision and dental coverage, mental health support, FSA, and often get great science and scifi books to read for free.