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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Managing Producer, a Podcast Producer, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Managing Producer, a Podcast Producer, and More.

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Oct. 23 2017 10:28 AM

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Work For Slate!

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If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate just so happens to be hiring.

Open Positions
Podcast Producer, Slate Studios

Slate Studios is looking for a versatile and highly organized podcast producer to work on branded podcasts in a fun and fast-paced studio environment. The podcast producer plays a key role in bringing audio expertise in the branded content campaigns that we pitch and produce. Candidates have a passion for storytelling, a deep understanding of digital media, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, podcasts, and listeners. The producer ensures that the branded podcasts we produce are to the highest standard of quality that Slate is known for.

The podcast producer will report to the managing producer of Slate Studios and will be an integral part of the branded studio team through the entire pre-sale to production process.

1. Ideation, Storytelling, and Narrative Development
The podcast producer will work collaboratively with creative leads and strategists to ideate and help identify and develop smart and compelling podcast ideas, storytelling, and narratives that engage our discerning listeners and offer unique value to our brand partners.

The PP will carry out research tasks and will have a track record of developing, scripting, and editing compelling, character-driven stories that draw on diverse perspectives/source lists. As the Slate Studios PP, you'll assist and craft the segments, stories, or discussions for a podcast with the strategist and story editor.

2. Production
The podcast producer is ready to listen to a lot of tape and turn it into great branded content. The PP will often facilitate recordings in the studio or in the field and be comfortable with live-producing and producing content that is docu-style, roundtables, or two-way interviews. At times the podcast producer will liaise with acting and writing talent and their agents, casting and identifying potential collaborators and freelance production staff to work on projects.

The podcast producer will have a versatile skill set gained from past experience working on fast-paced audio production. Be organized and efficient in approach to turn around audio segments or stories on a tight deadline. The podcast producer will be proficient in audio mixing with a portfolio that demonstrates an ear for great tape and inventive approaches to audio storytelling. The producer will be able to provide guidance and critical feedback on production tasks including recording, editing, mixing, scoring, and publishing audio. During postproduction, you'll take the first pass at structuring or mixing the podcast, help with research and storytelling, and perform more editing and final mixes.

Bonus: The podcast producer can create audio trailers and promotional material, and work with the sales and marketing team to help to think strategically in how to increase reach and subscribers.

2. Development
Work cross-functionally to acquire a deeper knowledge about client brands and client/internal processes. The podcast producer will endeavor to refine audio production skills, master efficiencies in production workflow and processes, and strive for a higher level of audio quality of work delivered to client. The podcast producer will engage in independently owning and ensuring alignment with studio expectations, with focus on improvement in creative output, quality, profitability, efficiency, and productivity.

Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree and 3–5 years' prior work experience in content development and production for podcast, terrestrial, or satellite radio, or other audio medium. Experience in a radio, digital agency, or publisher is preferred.
  • Must be well-connected to the larger community of independent producers and great at identifying talent
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships to gain trust and respect
  • Creative thinker, action-oriented, and full of energy for challenging concepts and new assignments
  • Ability to regularly exercise judgment and discretion, and prioritize competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Extremely strong writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with little to no guidance and think outside the box
  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and work as a team player
  • Build constructive relationships to foster collaboration and cross-functional thinking
  • Stay current on content programs being produced by competitive publishers and production companies
  • Financial/budget-management experience preferred
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Experience working in Pro Tools

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience in producing branded content is a plus
  • Thick skin and a top-notch sense of humor

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to ssproducer@slate.com.

D.C. Editorial Assistant, Slate

Slate is hiring a full-time editorial assistant in its Washington office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Writing articles
  • Providing editorial, research, and administrative help to colleagues

Requirements

Ideal candidates will be organized, diplomatic, hard-working, and detail-oriented. They will write sparkling copy. They will also demonstrate top-notch editorial judgment and broad cultural interests. One to two years of editorial experience is preferred. Good humor and menschiness are a big plus. This is a 12-month position, with benefits.

To apply, please email the following as a single attachment: your résumé, a cover letter that includes three references, three clips or writing samples, and a 400-word Slatest post on a topic that's in the news that day, as if you've been given that assignment.

You can email your application to dcea@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Commerce Lead, Slate

Slate is hiring a commerce lead to sit on the business team and build a commerce brand and function from the ground up. This pioneer will start testing content and driving commerce revenue growth. After proving initial success, the commerce lead will steadily build a team to grow the revenue stream.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an affiliate-based commerce brand that appeals to the Slate audience
  • Manage relationship with readers, editorial, executive leadership, and affiliate partners
  • Define core performance metrics, and work with Slate's research team to create actionable dashboards and reports for understanding commerce content performance
  • Strategize with the Slate dev/tech team: think about product development and CMS tools and treatments that will promote the commerce initiatives
  • Ensure that content is consistent with Slate's voice and deepens the relationship with the Slate audience while maintaining separation of editorial and commerce content
  • Run production of the Slate gift guides from soup to nuts
  • Oversee the sharing and socializing of commerce content
  • Curate deals, consumer products and discounts for Slate's audience
  • Pitch video and podcast initiatives and identify other opportunities to leverage Slate's platforms and assets to meet commerce goals
  • Refine a consumer-centric view in your strategic thinking
  • Possess a deep understanding of current laws, requirements, and ethics around transparency and disclosure

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 3 years' experience and success in a digital commerce role
  • You consume and value Slate's written and/or podcast content
  • Naturally inclined to think in a way that is experimental, adaptive, and innovative
  • Skilled in writing and editing
  • Passionate about discovering and sharing consumer products
  • A desire to build and lead a team

To apply, submit a résumé, a cover letter, and three writing samples to commercejob@slate.com

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Editorial Internships
Science Intern, Slate

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to scienceintern@slate.com.

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Nov. 1. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Video Intern, Slate

Slate's video intern supports our video department. This position is paid, full-time, and based in our Brooklyn office. To apply for the winter internship, roughly January through April, send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to slatevideointern@gmail.com by Nov. 5. Include a link or two to your best work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including quick-turn edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management in Brightcove, SnapStream, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Assist on shoots in our studio and in the field
  • Occasional shooting, writing, and editing opportunities

Requirements:

  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video production, with relevant past experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus)
  • Experience shooting on DSLR cameras
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for all tasks, whether creative or clerical, and an unfailing positive attitude
  • Strong understanding of Slate's voice and what makes our work unique

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate's Washington office 29 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. There will be opportunity for writing blog posts and articles. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage (currently $12.50/hour).

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word critique of any Slate story from the past month, and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should focus on politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. 

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the spring (January through April) 2018 D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Spring 2018 internship" by Oct. 1. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate's New York office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the New York fall editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by July 30.

Editorial and Audio Intern, Slate Plus

Slate hires editorial interns for Slate Plus, our membership program. Candidates must be available to work 29 hours per week in Slate's Brooklyn office. This position is paid hourly and involves writing, editing, fact-checking, and some light audio editing and production. The ideal candidate is an idea-generating machine who works quickly and independently.

To apply, include a résumé, one clip or writing sample, a cover letter that doesn't put us to sleep, and a 300-word critique of Slate's membership program.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Send the materials mentioned above to plusjobs@slate.com with the subject line "Slate Plus internship." We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017.