NPR Seeks Production Specialist for Editorial Training Team

Dec 17, 2015

The Editorial Training team is an NPR Newsroom unit that supports high-quality journalism and storytelling at NPR and member stations. In a time when the role of a public media journalist is increasingly busy and constantly changing, it can be difficult to find the guidance and space needed to hone storytelling techniques, learn new tools and experiment with ideas. The Editorial Training team exists to make that happen.

The unit is multi-platform – creating training opportunities on everything from audio storytelling and production to social media and web writing. The training takes many different forms – in-person workshops, webinars, visits to member stations, conferences, events and more. The team also shares best practices and public media knowledge on its website,


We’re seeking a Production Specialist to join this team.


Essential Duties Include:

  • Lead the audio production training efforts for the team
  • Develop best practices for audio production. Topics will range from the fundamentals, such as good mic technique, to advanced multi-track mixing and high-level discussions of storytelling with sound.
  • Take initiative to create well-written training material and make it work for a variety of formats, including one-on-one training, group workshops, webinars, social media, conference presentations and
  • Prep journalists who are heading out into the field, especially on assignments that will take them to complicated recording environments
  • Train staff on NPR’s production tools, MTE and Newsflex
  • Work with a wide range of people at both NPR and member stations – reporters, producers, editors, new employees, fellows, interns
  • Bring together groups of experts within NPR or the public radio community to assist in creating and disseminating training


  • Producer with at least 5 years experience in public radio
  • Extensive experience with field production, recording equipment, and the production of interviews and sound-rich stories
  • Understands the audio story creation process from start to finish
  • A desire to talk about audio production in ways that makes sense to both beginners and advanced use
  • Expresses confidence and comfort while presenting in front of a group
  • Some experience in podcasting and/or web audio – or an interest in learning more about it

 What else?

  • A passion for audio and making people better storytellers – this person gets jazzed about leading a listening session or workshop and talking about craft
  • A creative thinker who understands the importance of fun in teaching
  • An interest in working on projects, both short-term and long-term, at a pace more varied than the production of a news show or story
  • A team player who enjoys experimenting and collaborating with other members of the training unit about group initiatives
  • Interested in the changing media industry – and being a part of that evolution
  • A desire to learn – you don’t have to know everything about audio production but you do have an interest in learning from others and sharing their knowledge
  • Patience and approachability while working one-on-one with others

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.  If you apply for this job, here's what you can expect in our interview process.  


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