Assistant Producer, Radio - Science Friday

Assistant Producer, Radio - Science Friday

We're looking for a creative, curious, and driven assistant producer.

At Science Friday, we’ve spent 28 years exploring everything from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies. We’re great at broadcasting science. And we’ve always been digital innovators—we created the first podcast in public media, and we streamed a radio show online way back in 1993. But we’re so much more than a radio show. If you’re smart, curious, creative, and—most importantly—passionate about science, we need you on our radio team as an Assistant Producer.

As Assistant Producer, you will be pitching, researching, pre-interviewing and booking guests, and writing host copy for the live Science Friday radio show each week. You’ll also write web copy to accompany your segments, research topics and themes for our live remote broadcasts and long-term projects, and occasionally gather sound in the field.

We’re looking for a creative, curious producer who has experience reporting about science or related topics. Qualified candidates will have some experience producing for radio or podcasts, experience working in a deadline-driven environment, the ability to find unique science stories that look beyond the weekly journal cycle, and a passion for sourcing new voices and diverse guests for our show.

Required Education/Experience:

  • A minimum of two years of work experience covering science or related beats—preferably radio or audio
  • Bachelor’s degree, with journalism education or experience

  • Required Skills:
  • Excellent writing skills, flair for language
  • Strong communicator—in person, in print, and online
  • Strong supporter who can also do independent work
  • Interest in or even love for science, tech, and media
  • Ability to find new angles on over-reported science stories
  • Curiosity about how the world works
  • Ability to vet scientists and expert guests
  • Experience reading and distilling scientific literature for a lay audience
  • Excellent ear for audio; appreciation as listener and creator for the audio world
  • Basic audio production/editing/mixing skills, preferably ProTools or similar
  • Detail-oriented, comfortable with organizational tasks
  • Able to manage multiple short- and long-term deadlines; focused
  • Patient—can dig into research and fact-check with pleasure
  • Basic fluency in social media—you can repurpose and promote audio projects across web and social platforms

Preferred Skills:

  • Radio/audio experience at the national level
  • Basic field producing experience

Application deadline February 14. Cover letters and resumes should be addressed to Christopher Intagliata, Senior Producer and sent to [email protected]. Watch out for typos and grammatical errors. You’re applying to be part of a newsroom with a high standard for content.

This position is based in New York City, but some travel may be required. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to send work samples and story pitches and participate in multiple interviews. This is an immediate opening and we will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis. Applicants living outside New York are welcome to apply if willing to travel to New York to participate in interviews.

Diversity creates a healthier and more creative 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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