Position Description

Digital Producer
Location Chicago
Job Code 450
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected media organizations in the country.  The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched shows as The American Life, Wait, Don't Tell Me..., Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial.  Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including radio broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Our flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland's premier media hub for high quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts.  WBEZ's sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.

The Opportunity

The Digital Producer is responsible for supporting WBEZ’s daily news coverage to make our site the best source of journalism in Chicago.  As part of a team of editors, reporters, and producers this role will focus on broadcast, digital and engagement work that includes copy-editing, managing social media channels, curating the WBEZ.org homepage, and reinforcing best practices for audience engagement and search engine optimization (SEO).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • As part of the digital news team, ensure maximum relevance, accuracy, and clarity of WBEZ’s news content across platforms.
  • Serve as the designated producer to build web stories based on segments from WBEZ’s daily talk show, Reset, as well as consult on related social strategy.
  • Support production of new editorial products, such as newsletters.
  • Edit copy, headlines and visuals for accuracy, relevance, and clarity.         
  • Develop and reinforce SEO best practices.
  • Select, edit, and curate photos, audio files and other multimedia story elements.
  • Update homepage regularly with fresh content.
  • Closely monitor local and national news for breaking news, updates, trends, and insights
  • Assess content from a variety of sources (e.g., NPR, wires) to determine where and how it fits into coverage, feature placement, and social media channels.
  • Create posts across WBEZ social media platforms to engage audiences and extend the reach of stories.
  • Conduct research and interviews to gather and advance news.
  • Pitch, produce and report story ideas for web and air.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications, web design, or related field.
  • A minimum of 1 to 3 years of experience in an editorial, creative, and/or media production setting.
  • Demonstrated experience producing and editing news stories and journalistic content for web and digital platforms with quality, creativity, and accuracy.
  • Strong editing and copy-editing skills, including SEO best practices.
  • Ability to consistently juggle and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Excels in a dynamic, deadline-oriented environment where an attention to detail, especially regarding accuracy and fairness, is a high priority.
  • Demonstrated experience for news and strong editorial judgment and skill generating story ideas and writing news stories compellingly and on deadline.
  • Demonstrated experience in using social media platforms to build audience and deepen engagement and loyalty.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work constructively with others, building strong relationships with diverse colleagues.
  • Experience editing photos, video, and audio elements a plus.
  • Knowledge of Chicago and Illinois is a plus.

Working at Chicago Public Media

At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing, and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences, and talents to our dynamic workplace.

Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience, and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:

  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match

Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days.

This position is a member of SAG-AFTRA. 

Due to current COVID restrictions, you must be able to work remotely at your own designated location with Internet access and you must be willing and able to work at our Navy Pier offices, if needed. Right now, most of our staff is working remotely.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team. 


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