Minnesota Public Radio: Associate Producer, Morning Edition

MPR opportunity
MPR opportunity

Associate Producer, Morning Edition #153-13
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range: $36,237 - $54,355
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Benefits: Yes
Employment Type: Full Time
Business Group: Minnesota Public Radio
Description: Position Summary:

The Associate Producer will work closely with the Host, Senior Producer and the other Associate Producer of Morning Edition to produce a daily news magazine program that combines regional and national content. The Associate Producer's primary responsibility is to create compelling local content for the show, including host interviews and other show segments. He/She will also work to increase Morning Edition’s presence through social media and digital channels.

Position Responsibility:

• Hands-on production; cut, edit audio, pulls news copy; schedules studio time
• Contributes ideas for future broadcasts
• Researches sources/guests, background, context
• Propose, locate/contact, pre-interview, evaluate guests; book guests and confirm bookings
• Edits interviews
• Writes introductions and questions for scheduled interviews
• Writes promos & scripts, editing copies, coordinating and timing
• Produces and edits field segments
• Prepares material for social media and digital channels
• Serves as backup director for the show
• Writes billboards and other copy as needed
• Rewrites copy for accuracy and clarity
• Supports hosts and prepares briefing materials for host; may handle host travel logistics
• Maintain archives
• Arrange for duplicate copies of content (internally & externally)
• Directs work of interns; Informal trainer and mentor for assistant producer
• Screen ideas being pitched
• Maintains relationship with technical staff, audio engineers and other departments
• Fills in for Producer
• Supports other MPR news programs and special programming as needed
• Coordinates special projects
• Other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
• Three or more years production, editorial or related experience
• Experience with digital audio editing systems

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

• Solid news judgment
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to edit audio
• Ability to generate fresh and strong ideas for the show
• Ability to evaluate and organize a variety of content options
• Ability to work interdependently within a team while maintaining effective communication and accountability with minimal supervision
• Ability to react to breaking news, changing situations, and changing the program accordingly
• Excellent organizational skills; effective with details and deadlines
• Ability to learn new industry specific skills as required
• Research skills and knowledge of various techniques including internet, library, etc
• Ability to understand and deliver high-quality service to multiple constituencies
• Interests and general knowledge of news, current events and public radio industry
• Interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals, such as audience, guests, hosts, and other MPR staffs and customer service skills
• Skill and experience in field production
• Knowledge and familiarity with producing a live broadcast
• Ability to direct and motivate interns
• Ability to prioritize communication in terms of problems and changes occurring
• Knowledge of recent history of shows, and a thorough understanding of the vision for the show

Preferred Skills and Experience:

• Experience with Dalet newsroom software
• Familiarity with recent Minnesota news stories

Reporting To This Position: None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

• Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
• Physical Demands:
o Required to walk, sit, and stand
o Reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
o Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
• Working Conditions:
o Moderate noise level
o Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions