Executive Producer, The Headlines

Job

  • London  
    London, United Kingdom
    perm  
  • Company
    The New York Times  
    Start date
    ASAP  
    Duration
    n/a  
    Wage
    Undisclosed
  • Closing date
    8 March 2024  
    Posted on
    6 February 2024  

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a world-renowned newsroom that sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for. 

The New York Times Audio team is seeking an Executive Producer for “The Headlines,” a daily news show for Times subscribers. This person will manage an international team of producers and audio editors who use the journalistic rigor and power of The Times’ unique reporting to deliver the top stories through distinct writing and a sound-rich, audio experience. 

The right candidate is a seasoned audio journalist and newsroom leader. You should have a keen understanding of the news and be skilled in writing for audio with an ear for clarity and logical sequencing of ideas. You should have experience working with hosts in a newsroom setting on tight and ever-changing deadlines, and be able to articulate why a story matters and how it fits into larger or ongoing storylines. 

The Executive Producer will help set the long-term editorial vision and priorities of the show as well as develop and manage relationships with newsroom editors and reporters, the Audio app programming and product teams and audio leadership. Because this role will also be key in supporting and developing The Headlines staff, it will be essential for the Executive Producer to have strong cultural competency and an ability to engage in rigorous and compassionate conversations about our work and professional development.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the editorial vision and establish coverage priorities across multiple time zones.

  • Drive production of episodes, including overseeing scripting, tape selection and editing the episode

  • Responds to breaking and evolving news with a sense of urgency and accuracy

  • Ensures stories have logical sequencing and structure 

  • Anticipate challenges in stories and proactively solve for them as well as identify creative solutions when a story/the writing isn’t working.

  • Ensure a diversity of coverage throughout the year.

  • Deliver thoughtful feedback to editors, host and producers on deadline.

  • Be a thoughtful and empathetic leader of people and process, train and inspire young journalists.

  • Drive recruiting and staffing needs, cultivating ongoing relationships with essential and emerging talent.

  • Oversee and continually improve production systems and resources of the team, including how we staff episodes, manage closing rotations for producers and editors and nimbly adapt to changing circumstances.

  • Build ties with the core newsroom, including deskheads and editors.

  • Be the key point of contact for NYT stakeholders as it relates to The Headlines, including The Daily, the Audio app, HR, marketing and communications.

  • Uphold highest editorial standards of quality for Times journalism

  • Exercises calm under extreme pressure.

Qualifications:

  • Extensive production and editing experience in audio journalism, including in a management role of a large team.

  • Expertise in and passion for news and for audio narratives

  • Fluency in audio editing software, ProTools preferred

  • Dedication to a culture of feedback – both delivering and receiving; from professional development feedback down to structural and specific notes in episodes.

  • An eagerness to create the best work possible

  • Willingness and ability to use data to inform decisions.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Well-developed and adaptive cultural competence and emotional intelligence

  • Experience in a deadline-driven environment

  • Belief  in The New York Times’ mission

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

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