Host, WNYC Studios

New York Public Radio
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 30

Position description

WNYC, which serves the nation’s largest public radio audience, is seeking an exceptional journalist to host a new collaboration with The Atlantic.

The Atlantic has, for more than 160 years, advanced ideas that matter and sparked global conversation on the most important issues of our time. The Atlantic aims to bring clarity and original thinking to questions of consequence, on topics ranging from politics, the economy, and global affairs to technology, science, and culture. And every day, the WNYC newsroom seeks to bring fresh, smart, and unique stories and shows that reflect the diversity and sophistication of our audience.

This role, based at WNYC and working side-by-side with The Atlantic, will work closely with the Executive Producer and Editor to develop and produce a new weekly show. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter with strong ambition and imagination. You will possess enthusiasm, excellent editorial judgment, and a strong sense of moral purpose. You will be dogged in pursuit of story and clarity, demonstrating a deep curiosity for a wide variety of ideas and a strong intellect. You will be the listeners’ guide to what matters most during a crucial moment in American history.

In partnership with senior leadership at WNYC and The Atlantic, the host will take an

active role in shaping the editorial agenda of this show. That includes pitching lines of reporting, contributing ideas for interviews, and pursuing stories in the field. Collaboration is key: this role will work closely with writers, producers, and other journalists to make stories come to life. The host will also be an enthusiastic participant in the camaraderie, creativity, and sense of mission that defines this work.

The successful candidate will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role.

They will have undertaken enterprising reporting projects, hosted gripping and entertaining narrative stories, and conducted news-maker interviews. They will know how to be calm, nimble, and creative in conversations with difficult or complex sources and subject matter, and in the face of tight deadlines. And they will have demonstrated a unique ability to connect with listeners around our shared experience: cutting through the clutter to engage directly with them and the important questions facing them every day.

The host will join a small, but powerful team. The successful candidate needs to be someone who doesn't think they are above particular tasks, but rather leans in to offer support when a crunch happens. This is a host who can prep an interview in a pinch if everyone else is out getting tape.  

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and host a weekly show 
  • In collaboration with Editor and EP, maintain a strong editorial vision
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with a wide range of guests, drawing out narrative arcs and illuminating complex ideas
  • Write and structure scripts
  • Showcase the reporting of others, including writers and producers
  • Serve as a leader and mentor to staff
  • Comply with The Atlantic’s and WNYC’s editorial policies and guidelines

Qualifications

  • At least five years of journalism experience
  • At least three years of hosting or audio reporting experience
  • Confident, professional, conversational, accessible on-air delivery
  • Excellent audio and digital writing skills
  • Proven ability to pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
  • Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment
  • Ability to juggle several tasks at once
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to stay focused and meet deadlines in a fast-paced newsroom

This position requires:

  • The intellectual and emotional maturity to work effectively with the senior leadership team, colleagues, external partners, and audience members
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels of an organization, and across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational, and social backgrounds 
  • Use of a computer, telephone, smart phone, and other office and/or broadcast equipment; ability to communicate effectively using a range of methods including but not limited to email, text, social media, Slack, and Zoom
  • Affinity for The Atlantic and WNYC’s mission and content

Application instructions

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