Application Deadline: Saturday, Oct 01, 2022
Are you a Sounders fan who’s also interested in local politics, public art and public health? Can you identify a Brandi Carlile song? Does the sound of a rocket blasting into space send you to your happy place? We’re looking for our next All Things Considered (ATC) producer: someone driven to help make our listeners smarter. Seriously. That’s our job: deliver local stories that keep our listeners informed. We’re also driven to give people newscasts that are thoughtful, timely and are equal parts news-you-can-use as well as news that might make you smile.
As the ATC producer, you’ll work quickly and creatively with the ATC host to deliver newscasts that embrace a wide-range of subjects. You’ll pitch ideas for who we should be interviewing; keep tabs on breaking news; and go out into the field to help report the news.
You should have a voracious appetite for stories of all kinds; audio production knowledge (or a willingness to learn); an ear for great sound, an eye for accuracy; and a comfort level when things go awry. This is live radio.
KNKX is a Puget Sound area public media outlet, dedicated to bringing jazz, blues, regional news, and NPR programs to the Northwest and beyond. As an independent dual-format station, KNKX employees are energized in their mission to provide the very best service to over 400,000 listeners on-air and online, to engage closely with community members and the public media industry to constantly improve and innovate, and to present music and stories that educate, inspire, and expand horizons. KNKX offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including:
- Voluntary vision/life insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Employee assistance programs
- Generous vacation and paid holidays
The All Things Considered Producer works with the All Things Considered Host in researching, writing, editing, fact-checking, reporting and producing news stories for broadcast and online. The salary range for this position is $63-$67K a year. This is a Monday-Friday position based either out of our Seattle or our Tacoma stations. The position reports to the News Director. This position requires SAG-AFTRA membership. All KNKX employees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to the job start date.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Support the host in ensuring the afternoon newscasts are timely, accurate, lively, geographically diverse, inclusive of an array of voices and perspectives and reflects our key coverage topics.
- Write news copy — host leads, breaking news, rewrites of the wires — on deadline.
- Record and edit interviews and other audio.
- Research leads on stories for the host, the Producer and/or other reporters to pursue.
- Produce feature stories for broadcast.
- Pitch story ideas and initiate interviews, including pre-interviews.
- Report stories for live broadcast from the field.
- Operate KNKX broadcast console.
- Assist in posting stories for the web and populating the Twitter feed.
- Prepare and deliver newscasts for the NPR One mobile app.
- Maintain seamless communication with the Morning Edition host & producer, and assistant news director and news director.
- Produce All Things Considered fund drives and participate in station campaigns and community-building events.
- Contribute to the development of newsroom projects including series, podcasts and shows
- Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to report in-depth news adhering to journalistic standards and ethics.
Ability and advanced skill in producing high-quality audio and online news using clear writing, clean production, and smooth announcing.
- Understands and supports the KNKX Mission Statement, KNKX Principles and Values Statement and KNKX’s Diversity Statement.
- Ability to work under deadline pressure, make the best use of available resources, attend remote events and respond effectively to diverse and changing circumstances.
- Skills and ability to use and adapt to basic news technology, including: computers, phones, radio consoles, digital recorders and cameras.
- Ability to work with an online content management system.
- Ability to work in a creative team environment, both remotely and in person.
- Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and colleagues.
- Ability to carry a news reporter kit to interviews, meetings and other news events. The individual must possess these skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential function of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
- At least three years of journalism experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Cultural competency to help us better connect with our region’s widely diverse communities
- This position requires SAG-AFTRA membership.
- All KNKX employees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to the job start date.
- Knowledge of Spanish, Chinese, Somali, or another language that helps up deepen our connection to our audience.
- Experience editing audio for broadcast.
- Experience hosting a public radio news program.
- Knowledge of NPR News standards.
- Experience using a digital camera.
- Well-versed in social media.
- Familiarity with Newsboss, Audiovault and Adobe Audition
- Familiarity with the greater Seattle/Tacoma region