JOB: Production Assistant – NPR Podcast – Chicago

How To Do Everything is looking for a production assistant to book guests, edit audio, and contribute ideas to our podcast. We want a tenacious booker—someone who isn’t satisfied with an acceptable guest, but will call expert after expert until they track down the perfect guest. We want a curious and creative contributor—someone who wants to know how things in the world work, and someone who is full of ideas and seeks interesting & unique ways to cover stories.

This is a full-time position based in Chicago.

Essential Duties Include:

Edits audio.

  • Edits interviews and reporter tracks/actualities/ambience.
  • Prepares scripts and other materials as required.

Generates story and interview ideas.

  • Stays current with major stories and pitches ideas for interviews and pieces.
  • Conducts research and assists in arranging interviews.
  • Pre-interviews guests and prepares research material for hosts.
  • Interacts with audience (as assigned), through relevant social media platforms
  • Handles day to day scheduling of studios

Likes to laugh and have fun as part of a dynamic culture.

Other Duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.


  • At least 1.5 years’ experience in broadcasting.
  • At least 1.5 years’ experience in news journalism.
  • Ability to edit audio
  • Experience producing in and operating digital audio self-op facilities.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
  • Ability to collect, organize and disseminate information effectively.
  • Thorough knowledge of research tools, including internal & external computerized databanks and social media forums.
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Ability to handle more than one assignment at a time; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively.


  • Experience in radio broadcasting.
  • Digital media skills, including proficiency in social media as a tool for news-gathering and audience interaction.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.  All applications must include the following to apply: send us a resume & cover letter that includes 2-3 story pitches. A pitch should consist of a topic you’d like to cover, how you’d like to cover it, and, if applicable, who the perfect guest would be.  Top of Form

If you apply for this job, here’s what you can expect in our interview process. If you’re checking out technical or digital roles, here are some additional things you should consider about what you’ll experience at NPR.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keep up with us on Social Media on: Facebook at This Is NPR, Twitter at @NPRjobs, YouTube at NPR Life – as well as #NPRlife for ‘behind the scenes’ tweets from our colleagues.

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