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Production/Editorial Assistant Morning Edition

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A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and Member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide. Role SummaryThe Production/Editorial Assistant assists in producing program material for reporters, hosts, producers/editors and other contributors for Morning Edition.  He/She assists in generating story and interview ideas, conducts research, assists in arranging interviews, writes copy for hosts.Must be available to rotate into a variety of shifts, including overnight, swing and dayside. Content for digital and social media is an integral part of NPR's product, and the selected candidate will be expected to contribute material for all platforms.Responsibilities:Edits audio for airPrepares scripts and other materials as requiredAssists in producing program material for reporters, hosts, producers/editors, and others in studios and on locationBuilds sub-sections of program by editing, scripting and linking two or more related pieces, music and other elementsWorks with reporters, editors and producers to arrange related elements to complete or supplement a pieceGoes on location (solo, or with reporters or hosts) and prepares/files material for air/publicationGenerates story and interview ideasStays current with major stories and regularly pitches ideas for interviews and piecesConducts research and assists in arranging interviews, by booking guests and handling associated logisticsPre-interviews guests and prepares research material for hostsGathers news, and interacts with audience (as necessary and assigned), through relevant social media platformsWrites news and program copyDrafts host copy, including but not limited to, intros, opens and returns, tape and copy elements, connective copy between elementsMay be given assignments on different platforms, such as multimedia production, including writing Web text, producing interactive material and multimedia contentAbility and willingness to regularly work a variety of shifts, including Swing, overnight, or dayshiftsOther duties as assignedQualifications:Education:  Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.Required Skills: At least one-year experience in broadcastingAt least one-year experience in news journalismAbility to edit audio on digital editing systemsAbility and willingness to work varied shiftsAbility to coordinate and collaborate efficiently with hosts and Morning Edition colleagues across locations.Ability to collect, organize and disseminate information effectively, especially across shifts through standard show workflow and protocolsStrong research skills across legacy and new media data sourcesDemonstrated writing ability with an emphasis on clarity, economy of phrase and a strong grasp of the rules of grammarDemonstrated ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Ability to handle more than one assignment at a time; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectivelyProven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio systemAbility and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations.  Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transferPreferred Skills:Experience in radio broadcasting.Experience producing in and operating digital audio self-op facilitiesDigital media skills, including proficiency in social media as a tool for topic research, news-gathering and audience interactionDoes this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.Want more NPR? Explore the stories behind the stories on our NPR Extra blog. Get social with NPR Extra on Facebook and following @NPRExtra and #NPRLife on Twitter and Instagram. Find more career opportunities at and on Twitter at @NPRJobs.

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