Detroit Today Producer

The Job

WDET is looking for an experienced producer and journalist to help us continue to grow our daily talk show, Detroit Today.

Detroit Today is a one-hour program, broadcast live from the WDET studios every weekday, hosted by Stephen Henderson, a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator and native Detroiter.  The program explores local, state and national issues, and invites listeners to take part in interviews with experts, policy makers and elected officials.    

As a producer, you will work on daily show production and assist in developing and managing the editorial process for all related content. You will work closely with the host and senior producer to follow editorial strategies and research and create segments that engage a diverse, regional audience. The hired candidate will work in-person at WDET each morning weekdays. 

This position is designed for someone who pays close attention to current events throughout the region and is able to book engaging on-air conversations on tight deadlines. Our ideal candidate understands the issues and conversations concerning Southeast Michigan and has the ability to identify and translate national and statewide stories that are relevant to local listeners. Candidates must possess strong journalistic and radio producing skills — which include creating daily rundowns, conducting research and pre-interviews, providing show hosts with clear synopses and well-crafted interview questions, and writing web posts in AP-style. Other responsibilities include seeking out new voices to appear on-air, building a database of guests and sources, conducting interviews, gathering sound, editing audio segments, and coordinating with other editorial staff about show content. Engaging with listeners in social media and live events is also a critical part of the job.

The producer will be part of the Detroit Today team, reporting directly to the Program Director and working alongside the senior producer and the show host. They will also work collaboratively with the newsroom, digital team and other program hosts and producers.

Interested candidates can apply through jobs.wayne.edu by searching posting #045824.

Questions can be sent to WDET’s Program Director, Joan Isabella, at joanisabella@wdet.org.

Essential Functions

  • Produce daily/weekly news reports and features which reflect local, state and national events. Write and produce news programming; follow and report local news events; conduct on-air interviews and handle telephone call-ins.
  • Produce quick turnaround spots, compelling interviews, and in-depth, issue-oriented feature reports on a regular basis for broadcast on WDET. Must be able to produce high-quality work under deadline pressure.
  • Produce talk show segments for WDET on important issues ranging from government to education to arts and culture. 15% Serve as host/anchor for WDET news programs, talk shows and newscasts.
  • Participate in fund raising activities and pledge drives when assigned to solicit and increase station revenues and financial base. Record and/or make on-air listener appeals; determine appropriate way to incorporate listener appeals into broadcasts; ensure that programming offered contributes to listener base and donations.
  • Participate in WDET events for the purpose of engaging station audiences. Events include broadcast remotes, community roundtable discussions, listening sessions and station promotional events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree and major coursework in a field directly related to journalism, mass communication, or social sciences. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience Minimum three years recent experience writing and producing news content, with understanding of Associated Press style. Minimum three years recent experience with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of audio and broadcast practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • Extensive knowledge of public affairs, especially as they relate to the Detroit metropolitan area.
  • Must demonstrate understanding of complex topics and be able to construct nuanced interviews that hold officials accountable.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of broadcast experience, including experience producing a daily program.
  • Considerable experience and skill in interviewing and writing
  • Ability to work collaboratively and lead projects in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strong news judgment and experience maintaining high journalistic standards under pressure. Ability to quickly make coverage decisions including assigning, editing and delivering breaking news stories.
  • Knowledge of Metro Detroit issues, newsmakers and communities as well as current events
  • Experience with multimedia news reporting
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field

Apply through jobs.wayne.edu by searching posting #045824.

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