American Public Media
  • MPR News, Newsroom - 17HB
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $27.55 / $57,300 to $41.30 / $85,900
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible

Who We Are 

MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting and most recently received a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative reporting. 


Your Role: 

In this position, you will be responsible for the overall planning, production and execution of a daily All Things Considered news magazine program which combines regional and national content. 

Application deadline: August 20, 2018


Day to Day Responsibilities

We're seeking a producer who will 

  • Ensure that each day's program contains the latest news that is relevant to our audience
  • Make sure all aspects of the program's production are successfully completed
  • Be ultimately responsible for sound; manage production process, oversee music/tone, is the "final ear"
  • Develop a strong collaborative relationship with the ATC host
  • Supervise show editing and post production.
  • Oversee the work of the production staff and provide daily work direction.
  • Coordinate special projects (live remotes/long form specials)
  • In collaboration with Host, make content and editorial decisions  
  • Resolve problems; be the primary liaison responsible to work with Technical staff on issues
  • Communicate and oversee the big picture
  • Generate program ideas
  • Contact and pre-interview potential guests
  • Write copy and background materials
  • Record and edit audio material
  • Direct the program in the studio
  • Represent the program in editorial meetings
  • Work with editors to fulfill daily news coverage needs
  • Organize the show elements into a computer-based rundown for use by program host and broadcast technicians. 
  • Work directly with the Technical Director to create a seamless live broadcast.
  • Update the All Things Considered page on the MPR web site
  • Support other MPR news programs and special programming as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


The ideal candidate has 

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience is required. 
  • 5+ years of broadcast Journalism experience. 
  • Experience in radio news production, particularly news magazine programs and special programming. 
  • Experience in news gathering and writing. 
  • Ability to recognize and articulate the questions our audience wants answered.
  • Ability to write creative, clear, accurate copy, often under deadline pressure
  • Ability to manage program team's calendar and work flow. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under daily deadline pressure. 
  • Must have solid story-telling credentials and good news judgment. 
  • Ability to create memorable radio. 
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with hosts and other staff. 
  • High journalistic standards and a vision for the program. Ability to produce programs that meet MPR standards
  • Team builder and player. Leadership skills - from recruitment to training and development
  • Proven ability to contribute to a positive, diverse, creative, high performance culture
  • Ability to advocate for program/resources/staff
  • Ability to lead and manage change
  • Ability to evaluate content/quality/sound and act decisively w/sound judgment
  • Knowledge of new media applications for digital distribution, audience engagement and community networking
  • Ability to work with minimal direction
  • Able to handle variety of complex projects, some of which may affect management decisions  
  • Ability to make final program decisions re. content/quality  

Let us know if you also have 

  • Experience in or knowledge of online journalism
  • Digital audio editing experience. 
  • Knowledge of public radio. 


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration 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 characteristic protected by law. 

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