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Producer, Freakonomics Radio - Stitcher

at Scripps

Posted: 5/8/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: JR021731
Keywords: media, journalism

Job Description

Stitcher is always on the lookout for producers — freelance or, potentially, full-time — to join Freakonomics Radio. We seek journalists with a strong interest and background in the social sciences and/or data analysis, evidence-based ideas, and rigorous research. Started in 2010 by host Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics Radio is one of the most successful podcasts in the world with 10 million listeners each month. Freakonomics Radio explores the hidden side of everything and features surprising conversations with Nobel Laureates, provocateurs, social scientists, and entrepreneurs.


To qualify for an interview, you must submit a cover letter pertaining to the assignment below, along with your resume.


What you'll do:

  • Supervise all aspects of production of episodes -- from idea phase through publication
  • Pitch ideas and research show topics
  • Identify and pre-interview potential guests
  • Prep host for interviews
  • Conduct interviews and field reporting
  • Log tape, cut host tracks, cut interview
  • Write scripts
  • Offer editorial feedback to host
  • Contribute to social media accounts and listener engagement
  • Participate in weekly editorial meetings
  • Possibly appear on-air with host for segments
  • Some administrative tasks as needed


What you bring:

  • Experience in journalism and economics (or other social science, preferably at a master’s degree level or above)
  • At least four years' experience in a deadline-driven media environment
  • Proficiency with audio editing (Pro Tools)
  • Superb writing skills showing originality and humor
  • An interest in and knack for understanding research papers, data and evidence-based social science
  • Creative problem-solving in editing stories and interviews
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken
  • Scrupulous attention to detail
  • Experience working with diverse populations preferred
  • Live-event production experience a plus


1. Tell us about one Freakonomics Radio episode that you thought was good, and why.

2. Tell us about one Freakonomics Radio episode that you thought was not-so-good, and why — and what you’d have done differently/added/subtracted.

3. Give us three ideas for future podcasts including the various elements you would collect, the people (or kind of people) you would interview, research you would rely on, and explain why you think it’s a worthwhile and “freakonomical” topic. This can be just 2-3 paragraphs each, or bullet points. Please keep in mind we tend to include at least one economist in each episode, mostly because their research is clear-eyed and empirical (not subjective).

4. Name three (3) worthwhile and gettable interviews that are big enough and interesting enough that they could serve as an entire episode — and why you think they'd be good for our show (just a few lines for each). Include (5) five questions you would ask each of them. These are pretty challenging to pitch, actually. We need people who are: timely, topical, entertaining, substantial. They don't have to be famous, but they should be one or more of the following: 

·      Important in their field — making an impact either as a thinker or on the lives of the public even if the public doesn’t know their name (for eg: Mariana MazzucatoRaghuram Rajan, Richard Thaler).

·      The head of a large, important organization (Drew Gilpin FaustRoberto AzevedoChristine Lagarde)

·      A famous person with an interesting story and/or a novel take on things (Trevor Noah)

·      A CEO who is doing something interesting, new, groundbreaking — it has to be of a company that is either known or has an impact on people's lives even if the public doesn't know it (Indra Nooyi, Anne Wojcicki).

There are probably other categories, but you get the idea. 

About Stitcher:

Stitcher is striving to be the best place to listen to, produce and monetize podcasts. The Stitcher app, available for iOS and Android devices, is one of the world's most popular podcast listening platforms, with a growing network of original content and a premium subscription service. Stitcher is the parent company of Midroll Media, the leading podcast advertising network representing over 200 of the world's largest podcasts, and top-ranked comedy podcast network Earwolf. With offices in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, Stitcher was founded in 2007 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ :SSP ).

As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) advances understanding of the world through journalism. As the nation’s fourth-largest independent TV station owner, Scripps operates 60 television stations in 42 markets. Scripps empowers the next generation of news consumers with its multiplatform news network Newsy and reaches growing audiences through broadcast networks including Bounce and Court TV. Shaping the future of storytelling through digital audio, Scripps owns top podcast company Stitcher and Triton, the global leader in technology and measurement services. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

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