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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Want to work on our team? We're hiring! Apply at this link. Here are the details:

OVERVIEW

New Hampshire Public Radio seeks an Executive Producer to lead our Creative Production Unit, a multi-media production team that creates and distributes NHPR original programming and on-demand content. The Executive Producer serves as the team's editorial and project leader, and will play a key role in shaping the sound of NHPR as it expands its audience and roster of broadcast and on-demand content.

THE STATION

We are New Hampshire's independent and trusted source for news and information, and the state's largest radio news service.  Based in Concord, the state's capital and political hub, NHPR's newsroom, digital team, and original programs consistently earn national recognition for their in-depth reporting and production. NHPR is the winner of the 2015 national Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence.

MEET NHPR's CREATIVE PRODUCTION UNIT

NHPR's Creative Production Unit (CPU) is the place where innovative ideas percolate, emerging trends flourish, audiences engage, and great audio and journalism meet. The 8-person team of audio and digital producers and hosts work together to produce NHPR's local programs Word of Mouth and Outside/In, as well as the podcasts Civics 101 and 10-Minute Writer's Workshop. The CPU is an editorial, production, and digital resource for NHPR's newsroom and content makers, and supports special series and events for the station.

ABOUT THE JOB

The Executive Producer oversees production standards and best practices, and provides hands-on editorial guidance and leadership to NHPR's Creative Production Unit. The Executive Producer handles daily and long-term planning, and works closely with the Director of Content Innovation and Audience Development to help shape and maintain the overall editorial strategy and vision for the CPU. As the Executive Producer, you will join the team at an exciting moment of transition for the station and the industry, and will have an opportunity to make a significant mark on NHPR as it develops new programs and future audiences. 

WHAT YOU'LL DO

While there are core responsibilities, managing the production of multiple shows and podcasts while incubating new projects and leading a team of highly-creative producers means there is no typical day for the Executive Producer. You may spend one day immersed in editorial sessions for Outside/In, the next mapping out the production schedule for Civics 101, and the following helping a producer refine a pitch for Word of Mouth. It's a position that requires organization and forward-thinking, but rewards flexibility and creativity.

Duties of the Executive Producer include:

  • Working closely with the Director of Content Innovation and Audience Development to set editorial vision across all content production: on-demand, broadcast, digital, video, streaming, and anticipated future growth areas.
  • Oversee the editorial process of each show: from pitch to final mix and digital presentation.
  • Manage the short and long term production schedule of the CPU.
  • Set goals for members of the CPU and provide professional mentorship and editorial guidance to producers and hosts.
  • Help build and foster an environment of experimentation and creativity within the framework of the CPU's resources.
  • Collaborate with NHPR newsroom on shared content initiatives.
  • Assist in forging partnerships and external relationships that broaden the reach and impact of the CPU.
  • Ensure a diversity of voices, perspectives, and talent across CPU programs.
  • Lead and supervise the production of new audio programs and series
  • Align job responsibilities and staff skills to maximize effectiveness and professional growth.
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to on-air fundraising and other fundraising activities

 

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE

You have a keen editorial ear and know how to make great work extraordinary. You have an appreciation for engaging audio across a broad range of genres and topics, and understand what it takes to get there. You inspire ambition, enthusiasm, and creativity, and find satisfaction in supporting the work and development of your colleagues. You see opportunities and pitfalls long before they land, but are open to the unexpected. You are highly organized, and enjoy working on long and short term projects simultaneously. You love finding new ways to tell and share stories.

Requirements

Experience:

  • 7+ years of relevant media experience
  • 4+ years in editing or producing longform, non-linear, narrative pieces
  • Experience with Adobe Audition, Hindenburg, ProTools or similar audio editing
  • programs
  • Experience managing and mentoring talent and producers 

Skills:

  • Excellent editorial judgment
  • Passion and intuition for audio production, a keen eye and ear for media trends and audience needs and wants
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage projects of varying scale and complexity simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a team orientation
  • Creative and innovative thinker, willing to challenge, stretch and be a change agent in the evolution of the company
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability with multi-platform content
  • Knowledge of relevant FCC rules and regulations

 

 NHPR is an equal opportunity employer.


FREELANCE GUIDELINES

What kinds of stories do we cover? We're so glad you asked!

Character-driven stories with a narrative arc

We’re always on the lookout for stories featuring compelling characters and strong storytellers. While we appreciate inspirational tales of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, we want stories that take us into unexpected emotional territory. Surprises are good! Conflict is good! Stories should be tied to the natural world, in some way, but are not bound to rural areas. The natural world can be anything from a nature preserve to a backyard, a city block, even a traffic circle.

Before making your pitch we encourage you to listen to these stories:

Episode 22: Always Wear Earth Tones

Episode 22: Always Wear Earth Tones

Episode 9: Parenting at 24,000 Feet

Episode 9: Parenting at 24,000 Feet

Episode 11: Anothah Boston Cheat

Episode 11: Anothah Boston Cheat

Historical stories with a narrative arc

Outside/In loves to unearth stories about the ways the natural world has been used throughout history. From the birth of tourism of Mount Washington to the early misuses of biocontrol, we like digging into archives to tell stories that illuminate the ways we interact with our environments today. We get jazzed about forgotten historical stories and strange aspects of familiar moments in history.

Before making your pitch we encourage you to listen to these stories:

Episode 19: Look Toward the Dawn

Episode 19: Look Toward the Dawn

episode 18: Dr. Percy & The Magic Soybean

episode 18: Dr. Percy & The Magic Soybean

Episode 15: Never Bring A Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight

Episode 15: Never Bring A Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight

Big ideas

Who says complicated environmental issues can’t be entertaining? We try our darndest to synthesizing big concepts in a way that, we hope, engages the audience. Our aim with these stories isn’t to necessarily come to a concrete resolution, but to provoke thought. Acknowledging that complicated issues aren’t black or white, we’re happy to probe the gray.  

Here are some examples that may set you in the right direction:

Biocontrol

Episode 15:NEVER BRING A SLEDGEHAMMER TO A SCALPEL FIGHT

Episode 15:NEVER BRING A SLEDGEHAMMER TO A SCALPEL FIGHT

The Power Grid

Episode 10: Gridlocked

Episode 10: Gridlocked

Climate Change

Season 1 | Episode 5: Stake Your Claim

Season 1 | Episode 5: Stake Your Claim

What? That’s crazy!

Sometimes the natural world is so weird, fascinating, and awesome in its own right, that it doesn’t require a narrative arc. The “What? That’s crazy!” category covers stories that are simply about some incredible part of the natural world. While these stories are heavy on facts and science, they are also sound-rich, playful, and highly entertaining. At least we hope they are.

Before making your pitch we encourage you to listen to these stories:

Episode 5: Ginkgo Stink

Episode 5: Ginkgo Stink

Episode 2: Puddles in the Woods

Episode 2: Puddles in the Woods

Episode 23: 10x10 - Traffic Circle

Episode 23: 10x10 - Traffic Circle


HOW TO PITCH

 Answer the following questions, in a few short paragraphs, in the body of your email:

  • Two sentence synopsis. This story is about _________. Outside/In is a good forum for this story because _________.

  • Who are the main characters? (if applicable)

  • Where does the story take place?

  • How will you tell the story? What kind of audio can we expect to hear? Who do you plan to interview for the story?

Please include links to your past work!

Rates

Our rates range between $800-$2000 per story, depending on length, research, travel and experience level. Rate is negotiated and determined in advance.