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PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, WBUR Program & Production

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States
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PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, WBUR Program & Production

Tracking Code22500125030613Job Description

The Producer/Director plays a key role in the production of the daily Essential Functions: national public affairs program, On Point. Primary functions include conceiving and developing original show ideas, skillfully crafting rich, single-topic editions, researching, pre-interviewing and booking guests, and recording, editing and scripting original production elements to WBURs high standards of journalism. The Producer Director will also be assigned to studio direct the live production as needed. This position has the possibility of being a hybrid of in-office and WFH.

  • Show idea development, including but not limited to: originating and developing show topics; researching and writing pitches with focused, original framing; using strong research skills and diverse sources and contacts; presenting and developing pitches in consultation with other editorial staff.
  • Preparing for show production, including but not limited to: identifying and pre-interviewing prospective guests, formulating lines of questioning, preparing guests for show format; researching and identifying original voices with lived experience; skillfully crafting episodes and creating running orders; preparing research digests, including essential support material; preparing the host with a clear vision of how the show topic should be executed.
  • Writing and producing, including but not limited to: producing, writing, and editing production elements and set-up pieces focused on the voices of lived experience; selecting and producing listeners stories; producing and editing billboards; preparing first draft of host script for introductions, billboards and promos; writing copy and interview highlights for the website. This requires sophisticated editorial judgment as well as understanding the qualities of good audio.
  • Provide primary cover for On Point's Studio Director, including but not limited to: quality control of pre-recorded audio; selecting appropriate music; optimizing connection with guests; directing the program's live hour; communicating efficiently and effectively with Producer, Host and Technical Director; overseeing recording promos, introductions and billboards.
  • Fill in for other program personnel as necessary, including but not limited to: pre-production; directing the recording of promos, introductions and billboards; preparing pre-recorded material for on-air use; ensure quality control of pre-recorded materials; digital production; assist other production staff as required.
Required Skills
  • Candidates must have journalistic experience and exercise sound editorial judgment and strategic decision-making
  • Candidates must have experience of working in live studio environments
  • Candidates must have experience with audio production and familiarity with public radio
  • Bachelor's degree or relevant experience required
  • At least three years of related work experience required

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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