Position Description

News Producer
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 359
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media
Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, and the groundbreaking podcast Serial. With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.

Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, streaming services, smart speakers, social media and mobile. Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is dedicated to producing high-quality journalism and engaging programs and podcasts. WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, and mobile app allow listeners to fully control their experience through its groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand platform. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music format.

About the Job
The news producer is a vital part of WBEZ’s newsroom, working weekdays in support of WBEZ’s daily news coverage, including local content for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  This position is one of three producers who work as part of the Audio news team, which is comprised of editors, reporters, producers and our Curious City team. 

Duties include writing, editing and updating news copy; tracking down primary sources; recording and producing interviews for anchors; voicing stories; and following major news stories of interest to a diverse audience in a metro region of 9.5 million people.
The ideal candidate will have experience working in a fast-paced news environment and will have excellent news judgement, a thirst for accurate, timely and insightful reporting, and the ability to write quickly and compellingly for broadcast. Our ideal candidate will be resourceful and resilient, with an appetite for adventure and fun, a healthy competitive spirit, and a passion for growth and innovation in a time of dynamic change. They thrive in a daily news setting and love building collaborative relationships with colleagues across the newsroom. They will have the highest ethical standards and a deep commitment to the mission of public media. 
This is a mission-driven, creative endeavor in which WBEZ seeks to reflect and shape the diverse public conversation in the eight county Chicago region and beyond.
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. 
  • As part of the audio news team, ensures maximum relevance, accuracy and clarity of WBEZ’s news programming throughout the day.
  • Write, edit and prepare daily news content for newscasts, interviews and feature segments during WBEZ broadcasts of Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered
  • Record and edit audio efficiently and effectively for broadcast
  • Closely monitor local and national news sources for updates and insights
  • Conduct research, gather tape and make calls to gather and advance news
  • Support anchors with timely editorial and production needs during live broadcasts
  • Book, research, produce and edit live/taped interviews with anchors
  • Assists with editing copy for accuracy, relevance and clarity
  • Pitch, produce, write, report and voice content – including newscast items, stories, reports and interviews for air and web
  • Schedule daily newscast items and features, communicating actively and effectively with reporters, editors and anchors regarding deadlines, timings and evolving line ups
  • BA or equivalent training and experience
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in writing broadcast copy, working with anchors, and producing audio for news programs.
  • Ability to write/report with high degree of accuracy in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated thirst for news, strong editorial judgment and ability to generate creative story ideas and to take initiative
  • Team player with high emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate effectively
  • Passion for grappling with ideas critically -- your own and those of others
  • Ability to craft creative approaches to covering major news stories, issues and ideas, while also executing the small details and tasks involved in production
  • Maintain high journalistic and ethical standards; ensure accuracy and fairness
  • Ability to produce digital content and use social media to engage audiences 
Working at Chicago Public Media
At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.
Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.
At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:
  • 6 weeks fully paid family leave
  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  • A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match
  • Generous paid time off, starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days

This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.


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