Oxford American’s Points South podcast is dedicated to exploring the complexity and vitality of the South through storytelling and song. We are seeking an experienced producer to work on a contract basis to complete a portion of the project and advance the mission of the podcast, which has recently received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Producer will collaborate with the executive editor to craft multiple segments, including installments of the Prologue, a recurring series that examines underreported stories in Southern history and their reverberations in the present. The Producer will serve as the podcast’s project manager and “utility player,” pitching in where needed; guiding the work of other producers; coaching host/reporters; maintaining the production calendar; and coordinating with contributors and sound designers.
The Producer will inherit segments in various states of production and will be tasked with taking segments from the outline stage through to broadcast as well as scripting and creating rough cuts with audio already captured.
In this role, which is available for immediate start, the Producer will work collaboratively with OA editors toward releasing a second season of Points South to air from fall 2020 to spring 2021 that comprises approximately 12 episodes.
The ideal candidate is highly skilled as both a storyteller and an engineer and understands the possibilities and limitations of the medium.
- At least 3+ years of experience producing and/or editing audio for radio or podcasts
- Background in journalism ideal
- Ability to craft a story, editorially and technically (ProTools expertise required)
- Ability to work 15-20 hours per week from September to June
- Ability to lead a production team
- Ability to clearly communicate deadlines, expectations, and editorial direction
- Lived experiences that inform the project’s focus on amplifying underrepresented Southern voices (preferred)
- Strong mastery of production and ability to juggle multiple projects
- Experience working on a tight production schedule
- Strong creative problem-solving skills
The Oxford American offers a comprehensive year-round editorial internship program.
We have full-time and part-time positions available and offer a stipend of $2,500 per term. Internships begin in January, June, and September, though the program provides some flexibility for starting dates, and the opportunity for interested interns to extend their terms. For the near future, internships will be remote.
The OA is grateful to the family of Jeff Baskin (Susan Weinstein, Bernie and Danny Baskin) for their generous support of this program. Jeff Baskin, a librarian by trade, was a lifelong and generous literary citizen. His imaginative approach to his work and his programming innovations brought reading and writing to countless in the North Little Rock community. In 2010, he initiated the Laman Library Writers Fellowship, an annual award that honored Arkansas writers. In partnership with his family, the Oxford American is proud to reinvigorate and expand this legacy to support editors and writers.
We accept applications for all terms year-round but please note the following deadlines:
- April 15 for internships starting in June
- August 21 for internships starting in September
- November 15 for internships starting in January
Interns are a vital part of the Oxford American’s print and digital production teams. The duties of an intern include evaluating manuscript submissions, participating in the planning of issues, fact-checking and proofreading stories, drafting posts for social media, and creating and maintaining digital content for the website. Interns are encouraged to participate in our off-site concerts and readings, generate article ideas, and to write for oxfordamerican.org.
Applications should include a detailed cover letter, resume, and one writing sample of up to 5 pages in length. Your sample could be one long piece or a collection of short pieces. (Samples can include critical and/or creative work, though a substantial portion should be prose.) Please specify the term for which you are applying.
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Thank you for your interest.