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Producer, PM Digital
Location Chicago
Job Code 502
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is home to WBEZ , Chicago’s NPR news source and one of the largest and most respected public media stations in the country, as well as urban alternative music station, Vocalo . The organization serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. In addition to its local and national news programming, WBEZ Chicago is home to a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Beyoncé, Making Obama and Making Oprah; an investigative podcast series, Motive; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Curious City. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.

Chicago Public Media has recently acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the Chicago’s two major daily newspapers and among the most storied dailies in the nation.  With the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ, Chicago Public Media is now home to one of the largest teams of journalists of any local news organization in the nation. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times will reach more than 2 million people a week in the Chicago area across broadcast, print, and digital channels. Backed by a significant philanthropic commitment, Chicago Public Media plans to substantially increase its investment in local journalism by hiring additional reporters, producers and newsroom personnel in the months and years ahead. 

 

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a versatile digital news producer who knows what makes a good online news story, and can both produce the work of others and write original work of their own accurately, compellingly and on deadline. The ideal candidate doesn’t have to know our content management system but is someone who can learn and master it quickly. We’re looking for a true team player who wants to be a part of a dynamic, fun team that’s eager to try new things and achieve new heights. 

This position requires someone who can elevate the digital experience visually (with photos and video) and on social media. Audio editing skills, while not required, is a big plus. If you have a passion for digital media, and know how to grow audience and deepen engagement, then we want you to come help make our site the best source for journalism in Chicago.  

The digital news producer is a vital part of WBEZ’s newsroom, working to support WBEZ’s daily news coverage. This position is part of the news team that includes editors, reporters, and producers focusing on broadcast, digital and engagement work. This position is primarily focused on digital production, copy editing, managing social media channels, curating the WBEZ.org homepage, and reinforcing best practices for audience engagement and SEO.

Our ideal candidate will be resourceful and resilient, with an appetite for adventure and fun, a healthy competitive spirit, and a passion for growth and innovation in a time of dynamic change. They thrive in a daily news setting and love building collaborative relationships with colleagues across the newsroom. They will have the highest ethical standards and a deep commitment to the mission of public media.

 

General Responsibilities

  • As part of the digital news team, ensure maximum relevance, accuracy and clarity of WBEZ’s news content across platforms
  • 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
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • BA or equivalent training and experience
  • 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 meet deadlines
  • Excels in a dynamic, deadline-oriented environment where an attention to detail, especially in regards to accuracy and fairness, is a high priority
  • Demonstrated thirst for news and strong editorial judgment 
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in generating story ideas and writing news stories compellingly and on deadline
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