In partnership with Religion Dispatches, I’m launching/hosting a podcast and am currently looking for a freelance producer. The person will work on a per-episode basis as an independent contractor for the first season (6-12 full episodes, 6-12 mini episodes). Pay is competitive.
The podcast grew out of my book (Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism, Beacon Press 2015) and my decade of reporting on the vital and vibrant worlds of marginalized groups in religious culture, especially communities of color, women and the LGBTQ community. It'll be mostly an interview podcast with some recurring segments. The show will explore the intersection of religion, justice and life in the work of faith leaders, entertainers, authors, activists and other interesting folks. The podcast aims for entertaining conversations and storytelling that center underrepresented communities. I’m looking for a top-notch producer to work closely with me and help make this happen.
The ideal candidate will be an avid podcast listener, skilled in the art of digital audio editing and possess a strong understanding of storytelling, dialogue, and conversational structure that make for compelling audio. Preference given to those with a passion for the podcast’s subject matter, or at least the journalistic chops to learn and understand its complexity and nuance. People from minority/underrepresented groups encouraged to apply.
Own the audio production process, including editing, mixing, and publication. May occasionally need to find music or audio clips to incorporate, generate montages based on program elements and/or set up tape syncs.
Contribute to editorial process. (I want someone with strong understanding of storytelling who will help strengthen the voice and quality of the podcast as it develops.)
Write show notes. Upload each episode with show notes on a fairly quick turnaround.
Help host prepare for interview.
Communicate well with host and Religion Dispatches team.
At least three years experience in audio production with proficiency in ProTools, Hindenburg, or similar editing software
At least two years of experience in journalism and editorial decision-making/newsroom environment
Works well on deadlines
Strong communication skills, both written and oral
Consistently works well with others, showing at all times respect for the diversity of colleagues at Religion Dispatches and podcast guests
Understanding of journalistic ethics
Delight in telling great stories that change people’s lives
Understanding of how listening habits are changing
Ability to operate with an entrepreneurial spirit and produce high quality content
Can work from anywhere, but preference given to qualified applicant based in Chicago area
Available to start working as early as August
Taking applications now. Send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 2 (UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 6!) with the subject line: "Freelance Podcast Producer."
Statement of interest
Links to 3 audio stories/features/podcasts you’ve produced
This podcast is made possible by support from Religion Dispatches and The BTS Center.