Associate Producer, MPR News Talk Shows

Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota

Date PostedJuly 11, 2018
IndustryRadio Jobs
Job StatusPart-time
Salary$20.67 - $24.04 hourly

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Who We Are:

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting and most recently received a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative reporting. Visit for more info.

Your Role:

As the part-time Associate Producer for MPR News talk shows, you will work closely with the hosts and other producers to present timely, live conversations about regional, national and international news and culture. You will support the booking, production and online presentation of the program including pitching, researching and booking discussions. In this role, you may also direct live broadcasts, screen calls, prepare internal and external communications about the program, and adapt programs for presentation on and social media channels. 

You will primarily be dedicated to producing MPR News with Kerri Miller, but could be asked to work with any MPR News program. 

This part-time position works 24-32 hours per week and is eligible for benefits. 

Application deadline July 23, 2018

Day to Day Responsibilities

We're seeking an Associate Producer who will

  • Coordinate guest bookings and technical requirements at remote studios.
  • Contribute ideas for future broadcasts.
  • Locate, contact, pre-interview, evaluate guests; book guests and confirm bookings.
  • Direct shows, manage the control room, set rundown timing and coordinate with remote studios.
  • Screen listener phone calls.
  • Write promos and scripts and edit and fact-check copy. 
  • Prepare audio for podcast, digital presentation and re-broadcast.
  • Research sources/guests for background and context.
  • Rewrite copy for accuracy and clarity.
  • Support hosts and prepare briefing materials for hosts.
  • Greet and interact with live studio guests.
  • Coordinate special projects.
  • Help manage MPR News social media channels.
  • Support other MPR news programs and special programming as needed.
  • Coordinate the work of interns.
  • Take on other duties as assigned. 


The ideal candidate has:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Three or more years production, editorial or related experience.  
  • Experience with digital audio editing systems.
  • Experience writing for web based platforms.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms.
  • Experience with screening listener phone calls during live broadcasts. 
  • Solid news judgment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit audio.
  • Reads widely across a variety of current news sources.
  • Ability to generate fresh and strong ideas for the programs.
  • Ability to work interdependently within a team while maintaining effective communication and accountability with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to react to breaking news, changing situations, and change the program accordingly.
  • Excellent organizational skills; effective with details and deadlines.
  • Ability to learn new industry specific skills as required.
  • Research skills.
  • Interest in and general knowledge of news, current events and public radio industry.
  • Interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals, such as audience, guests, hosts, and other MPR staff members. 

Let us know if you also have:

  • Experience with Dalet newsroom software.
  • Skill and experience in field production.
  • Experience with live news programming.
  • Familiarity with recent Minnesota news stories. 
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