(article) Contract Media Producer: Stories from Deep in the Heart Youth Audio Documentary Program


Position: 
Contract Media Producer
Start Date: Rolling
Time Commitment: Approximately 10-15 hours per week, depending on program schedule


Description: Texas Folklife is recruiting contract media producers with artistic/folklore/journalism/education aspirations to work with Stories from Deep in the Heart, our award-winning youth audio documentary training program. We work with Austin Independent School District and several local middle and high schools to produce community podcasts and in-depth audio documentaries about family and community traditions. Producers will also help to plan and lead community workshops on various aspects of journalism, media production, and creative writing related to story production. Producers will be paid monthly at the rate of $15-20/hour

As a producer, your primary job will be to assist student groups to finish their audio stories. We will be working with a central Austin middle school on a two-week radio education project early in the semester. After the end of this project, producers will work with the Stories team to develop, promote, and teach other small workshops throughout the year, as their schedule permits. You will be asked to help with some or all of the following tasks: 1) researching and teaching basic folklore, 2) scheduling interviews, 3) using audio recording technology, 4) logging audio footage, 5) writing a documentary script, 6) recording narration, 7) assembling and editing audio in Audacity or Hindenburg, and 8) other miscellaneous tasks related to the production of a short radio piece. A short training will take place with our production team to get everyone up to speed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Experience conducting recorded audio interviews
  • Familiarity with audio recording equipment
  • Familiarity with audio editing software (Audacity, Hindenburg, Pro Tools, or Adobe Audition)
  • Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities
  • Knowledge and use of standard office equipment

Skills and Experience:

  • Works well with students and teachers in a classroom setting
  • Reliable and sticks to deadlines
  • Ability to step into a variety of roles to help kids produce their stories
  • Interest in fostering diverse arts, culture, and community traditions
  • Well-versed in audio editing software and techniques
  • Experience with journalism, creative writing, or storycraft
  • Reliable transportation
  • Fingerprinted and approved by AISD

To apply: Please send a resume and (if available) an audio work sample to: stories@texasfolklife.org



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