You love to think about stories and how they’re structured. You’ve been producing audio stories for a few years, and have experience in making long-form narratives. You’re hungry to make stories that sound different than anything you’ve heard before. You know how to get the tape you need to build a compelling narrative arc. You also know how to work difficult tape into something that sings. You know how to build tension, when to release it, how to use the tape as the story’s muscle. You care about where the breath goes. Where the music comes in. Where it goes out. If it’s too busy.
You’ll use all of these skills as a narrative producer for The New York Times, shaping compelling, character-driven long-form audio stories. You’ll be primarily focused on stories that are timely and relevant, but that go beyond or expand our understanding of the current news cycle. Those stories may run as episodes of “The Daily” or other programs, with several days or weeks of production, or they may occasionally develop into more ambitious multi-part series.
You’ll be expected to show creativity and autonomy in finding and pitching the most compelling stories for audio — typically using Times journalism as the backbone — and you will be endlessly curious about how to tell these stories in new ways. You’ll work in close collaboration with an editor, and in some cases a senior narrative producer, to take a complex story from conception to completion. The job includes:
Collaborating directly with Times journalists by pre-interviewing them and sources to develop story ideas and pitches
Developing a narrative structure for stories
Collaborating with and coaching Times reporters in the field when stories warrant
Working with editors on scripting questions in a way that draws out a dynamic story out of an interview
Cutting raw tape of reporter and source interviews into narrative form
Building complex narrative stories in Pro Tools using reporter interviews, source interviews, archive materials, music
Receiving and incorporating edits from senior producers and editors
Working with engineer to finalize technical aspects of show
*at least 3 years experience as an audio producer, and at least 1 of those years building long-form narratives
*Experience with audio editing software, Pro Tools familiarity a plus
*A passion for storytelling
This is a Guild position.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.