American Public Media
  • APM, Reports 27RA
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Part Time

Position Summary:

Are you an audio nerd? Like to share and critique podcasts? Consume news on a variety of platforms? You should be part of the team that produces some of best audio documentaries in the world. You'll get to help producers and reporters find sources and do background research for reporting trips. You'll also pitch ideas for our biweekly podcast, Educate, request and gather data for stories and conduct pre-interviews. This fellowship position will assist with the production of radio, podcast and web projects at APM Reports, the national documentary and investigative unit of American Public Media. Some projects might be investigative, others will involve intense research largely having to do with education in America. This is a fellowship aimed at building your skills in storytelling, journalism and radio production. As you help us to create our programming, you'll get a taste of a wide range of tasks but there is also flexibility to focus on and explore aspects of this work that interest you most, whether that be audio editing, reporting, data analysis, digital production, or something else.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

Part-time (20 hours per week), Approximately 11-month assignment. Pay is $15.00 hourly.

Position Responsibility:

  • Conducts research for producers and correspondents to support reporting on education documentaries, including library/internet research, and pre-reporting calls to sources.
  • Conducts research for producers and correspondents to support reporting and production on special projects. Potential to source and conduct interviews for special projects documentaries.
  • Occasionally transcribes interviews and trues interview transcripts.
  • Contributes to weekly Educate Podcast production, including pitching stories, pre-interviewing guests, writing scripts and editing audio, as needed. Potentially to produce episode(s) of the podcast throughout fellowship.
  • Fact-checks documentaries and web site as needed.
  • Contributes to editorial and web meetings.
  • Performs various administrative tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Work experience with or interest in reporting/research.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to write, meet deadlines, and work independently.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in public affairs journalism and the documentary form.
  • Knowledge of public radio.
  • Ability to manage time and task load independently.
  • Ability to type and work on PC-based programs like Windows XP, Word and Excel, and must possess general computer skills, including Internet research.
  • Daily tracking of regional and national news through radio, newspapers, TV and the Web.
  • Ability to learn new computer programs quickly.
  • Ability to learn new skills in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with Mac-based programs such as Pro Tools editing software.
  • Demonstrated journalism, radio and news writing experience.
  • Documentary and in-depth project experience.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions

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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