Vox is a user’s guide to the news produced by the reporters, and subject matter experts who know it best. Today, Explained – our flagship podcast – is an audio expression of that mission: a daily news explainer that is both relentlessly reported and ground-breaking in its sonics and storytelling. We’re looking for an experienced and versatile audio producer with a track record of producing compelling news stories to join the team of our ambitious and innovative daily news explainer.
Today, Explained is part of Vox Media, the leading modern media company. We guide our audience from discovery to obsession. We inspire essential conversations about what’s now, what’s next, and what’s possible.
As a community of journalists and storytellers, business professionals, creators and technologists, we believe it is a moral and business imperative to amplify voices: to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and media. This applies to our candidates, our teams, our storytelling, our creative work, and our platforms, products, and partnerships.
Vox candidly shepherds audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters.
What You’ll Do
We are looking for an editorial-minded and news-driven producer. They help conceptualize each day’s programming: coming up with smart pitches, booking and interviewing guests, constructing the segments, and editing and scoring episodes. The right person for this position is delighted by the idea of innovating on foundational news formats like the standard two-way, and has demonstrated a knack for taking unexpected approaches to curiosity-driven stories, and loves making audio sound beautiful.
What you'll do:
- Research timely and distinctive story segments and write program copy
- Explain the news of the day clearly and respectfully — never underestimating the audience’s intelligence or overestimating their information
- Assemble research prep and write host questions
- Locate and book diverse sources and interviewees
- Edit episodes using ProTools
- Scoring and script editing
Who You Are
We are looking for a voracious learner and audio producer who finds themselves obsessed with domestic and global news, and enjoys digging into everything from the inner workings of the Biden White House to the latest developments in lab-grown meats to the debates over gentrification. The ideal candidate has a special interest or beat that they follow regularly, as well as a wide range of general interests.
What you’ll bring:
- Significant experience creating audio stories as part of a fast-moving, collaborative team under deadline pressure
- Proficiency in audio editing/mixing in ProTools
- A portfolio that demonstrates an ear for great tape and inventive approaches to audio storytelling
- A highly organized and dogged approach to landing bookings on a quick turnaround
- Experience scripting and editing compelling, curiosity-driven stories or segments
- A track record of developing stories that draw on diverse perspectives/source lists
- A passion for explanatory journalism
- Creativity and a desire to be innovative
If you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every single point in our job posting, please apply with a cover letter to let us know how you believe you can bring your unique skills to the Vox Media team or get in touch! We’ve hired chefs who became editors, DJs who became UX designers, and sommeliers who became writers.
WHERE YOU’LL WORK
We are interested in candidates based in Washington, DC, to work from Vox’s DC office 2-3 days a week, but are open to remote candidates.
WHY VOX MEDIA?
What We Offer
This is a permanent, full-time position. This job is benefits-eligible. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive benefits to support all of our employees wherever they are in life. You can find more information about our benefits here.
This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East
OUR DEI+ COMMITMENT
Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and create their best work. We recognize that great stories, platforms, products and services come from people with all manner of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that our commitments require ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability, transparency and communication. Learn more about our values here, and our approach to corporate citizenship here.
Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. Vox Media will also consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable Fair Chance laws. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations as part of the application process to candidates with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact our People & Culture team ([email protected]).
What Comes Next
Our recruiting team will go through applications in a timely manner. Please note that our recruiting team will only contact you from @voxmedia.com email addresses, never via text message. Read more about how our recruiting team operates, and how to protect yourself from recruitment fraud, here.
The salary range listed below represents the minimum and maximum base pay for this position at the time of this posting. Final salary offered to the candidate selected for the position will be based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience.