WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio stations in the country, is seeking a talented news producer to join our award-winning news team in Chicago.
The news producer is a vital part of WBEZ’s newsroom, working in support of WBEZ’s daily news coverage, with a specific focus on supporting WBEZ’s afternoon broadcast of All Things Considered and digital properties via wbez.org. The ideal candidate will have excellent news judgement, a thirst for accurate, timely and insightful reporting, strong audio recording and editing skills, and the ability to write quickly and compellingly for broadcast.
Working closely with the PM editor, PM digital producer and All Things Considered anchor, the news producer assists in executing the day’s coverage from 10a to 6p, working with the PM editor to coordinate, prioritize and schedule stories and interviews for WBEZ’s daily news content across audio platforms. This is a rigorous and creative endeavor in which WBEZ seeks to reflect and shape the public conversation across the Chicago metro area. Duties include writing, editing and updating news copy; tracking down primary sources; recording and producing interviews for on-air anchors; editing and compiling actualities from newsmakers; recording and producing news-oriented podcasts and smart speaker briefings; and tracking major news stories that are of interest to a diverse audience in a metropolitan region of 9.5 million people.
We believe in empowering journalists to do impactful, editorially ambitious work. We believe in a collaborative culture of editorial rigor, craft and creativity. We are looking for someone who would thrive in such an environment. We think this job will be incredibly rewarding for such a candidate – allowing them to do a wide variety of daily production, and have editorial and creative input. The objective is to make relevant, impactful, creative and thoughtful news coverage for Chicago area residents. We think there’s a world of possibility for how we do that every day, and this position is at the center of that adventure.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Chicago Public Media offers a PPO Health/Dental/Vision plans, a 403(b) matching retirement savings account. We are located on Navy Pier, with great views of the city, and easy access via public transportation.
Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, orientations and walks of life.
This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.