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Wanted: broadcast producer for The Spectator

5 July 2016

4:20 PM

5 July 2016

4:20 PM

If you read Coffee House you’ll have noticed how busy politics is right now – and you’ll have noticed that our coverage is second to none. Coffee House now offers the latest news and analysis, but also the best and most relevant soundbites, videos and podcasts. The appetite is huge. And we need people to help us meet that appetite.

So The Spectator is looking to hire a broadcast producer, who will be in charge of coordinating and producing our audio and video content. The right candidate will be responsible for producing our catalogue of podcasts, from The Spectator Podcast – presented by Isabel Hardman, and listened to by thousands of people every week – to the newer Coffee House Shots, where our stable of writers analyse political events as they unfold. There are also plans to launch a range of other podcasts too, including a culture podcast and more podcasts from our columnists. We’re looking for someone who can produce, edit and publish these podcasts from start to finish. As well as helping us put together our audio output, we want someone who can help us branch out into video too – everything from filming our popular podcasts to recording Spectator writers as they discuss all kinds of ideas.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Produce, edit and publish our podcasts, including The Spectator Podcast and Coffee House Shots. We are looking for someone who has experience of producing podcasts and videos. Some experience in audio editing software program would be an advantage.
  • Produce and edit films for The Spectator. The right candidate will be able to demonstrate examples of where they have done this. Experience planning, shooting and editing video would be an advantage.
  • Help launch new podcasts, including for our Low Life columnist, as well as the inaugural Spectator books podcast.
  • Be bursting with ideas for more ways in which The Spectator can use audio and video to build up the magazine’s brand.
  • Build our YouTube subscriber base and come up with ideas of ways in which we could grow our audience on new channels: including on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.
  • Keep an eye on the latest developments in audio and video to help us stay on top of technology which can keep The Spectator at the forefront of the industry.

If you think you’re the right person to join The Spectator as a broadcast journalist, then please email with ‘Broadcast producer application’ in the subject heading. The Spectator has a policy of not caring where you were educated, but we do want to know about any relevant experience you might have had, so please do include this with your application. We would also like you to submit a short podcast and short video that you have produced based on a topic in either a recent issue of the magazine or a Coffee House article. They don’t need to be longer than a few minutes each but we want you to show us both your technical skills and ability to translate print ideas into broadcast.

One last thing: there are only a dozen of us on the editorial staff of The Spectator. We’re a happy few, but a very hard-working few. The job will mean early starts, reading at least three newspapers before you get to work, being across British politics and current affairs and being able to recognise (for example) when Theresa May says something daft in an interview and being able to spot the story. The salary will be around £25,000. So if you love journalism and want to join the best small team in Fleet St, do apply. The deadline for applications is Monday 18 July and interviews will begin later that week.

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