Employment

Below are current career opportunities at Rhode Island Public Radio.  Scroll down for details.
 
  • Independent Producer - Journalism, Democracy and Community
  • Weekend Host
  • Fill-In/PT On-Air Hosts (ongoing)
  • Newsroom Internships
  • Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • FCC EEO Reports

Independent Producer - Journalism, Democracy and Community

Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) seeks a highly skilled and collaborative independent producer to work on a limited multi-platform series about the role of journalism and media in society. The Journalism, Democracy, and Community series is a collaboration with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and is made possible through the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative,” with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

What you should possess: a passion for audio in all its forms; a keen ear for sound and storytelling; a community oriented and inclusive mindset; the ability to build audiences into the production process; excellent editorial judgment; a willingness to experiment; a willingness to edit collaboratively; a comfort with social media platforms; multicultural sensitivity.

Journalism, Democracy, and Community is an initiative to examine the challenges for local and national media outlets as they inform a democratic, civically-engaged populace and to advance new ways to connect journalism to communities. It will include a podcast series, radio segments, a public event, and the piloting of Hearken, a new technology designed to connect reporters with local citizens and communities around relevant topics. The initiative will involve journalists, Pulitzer Prize winners, scholars, public humanities practitioners, and public audiences.

-Position Time Frame and Logistics: Part-Time, February 2018 – September 2018

-Responsibilities:

  • Manage the production process of six (6) podcast episodes and one public event;
  • Collaborate with the News Director and the General Assignment Reporter to create broadcast appropriate segments;
  • Perform soup-to-nuts production tasks, including identifying and interviewing sources, booking, prepping hosts, writing scripts, researching and fact-checking, processing tape and making it come to life;
  • Collaborate with outside contributors, including residents and citizens from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record in the field and in studio; travel may be required;
  • Communicate consistently and clearly with other members of the team at RIPR and the Humanities Council;
  • Manage programmatic budgets as they relate to the series’ production;
  • Guarantee the on-time, flawless delivery of audio to multiple platforms.

-Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience producing audio;
  • Demonstrated success in the creation of superb media content under pressure;
  • Experience with research, reporting, interviewing, storytelling, audio editing and sound design;
  • Fluency in audio editing;
  • Top-notch organizational skills, attention to detail, deadlines and time-management;
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken;
  • Ability to multitask with flair;
  • An independent work ethic combined with a patience for collaborating with audiences and communities;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.

-About the Initiative
This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The program seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
 
We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

-About Rhode Island Public Radio
Rhode Island Public Radio provides quality journalism and compelling storytelling that informs, educates, and inspires community. This position is based in our Providence studios with travel as appropriate.  Rhode Island Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

-About the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. As an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council has provided over $8 million in grants to support more than 650 organizations throughout the state of Rhode Island, as well as independent researchers, filmmakers, scholars, and oral historians, since its founding in 1973.

-Application Process
Applications are due prior to Friday, 2/16/18.
Please send resume and cover letter to Elisabeth Harrison, News Director at careers@ripr.org.
Please, no phone call inquiries.


Weekend Host

The successful candidate for Weekend Host must demonstrate excellent vocal presentation, strong technical skills, and meticulous attention to detail. RIPR is seeking a warm and friendly host for the Saturday and Sunday morning broadcasts of news, promotional, and underwriting content for the regional portions of “Weekend Edition” on Rhode Island Public Radio. The host must integrate network and RIPR content seamlessly. Candidates should enjoy working independently and be comfortable adapting to changing technology.

Other duties include:
1.Writes, records, and edits newscast items & interviews.
2.Reports news and feature stories.
3.Contributes to RIPR special projects.
4.Represents RIPR to the community.
5.Participates in Membership Drives.
6.Other duties as assigned.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and a minimum of two years broadcast experience is required. Public radio experience is preferred. Must be proficient in live board operation, broadcast automation and digital audio editing. Must have experience preparing, writing, and delivering newscasts.

Scheduled hours from 6:00am – 12:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This is a part-time hourly position.

RIPR service includes news networks, RIPR.org, and mobile service. This position is based in our Providence studios. Apply online only to careers@ripr.org by February 5, 2018 using “Weekend Host” in the subject line with cover letter, resume and three work samples provided as attachments or URLs. Work samples should include at least one audio sample. Please indicate how you learned about the job opening.

No Phone Calls Please.   Rhode Island Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer. Information about RIPR's equal opportunity employment policy can be found below.


RIPR Logitek Mosaic mixer & Enco DAD automation
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Fill-In / Part-Time On-Air Hosts

Rhode Island Public Radio has immediate openings for fill-in / part-time On-Air Hosts.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent vocal presentation, strong technical skills and meticulous attention to detail. RIPR is seeking warm and friendly hosts, with the flexibility and skill to fill a variety of live and pre-recorded shifts. Candidate should enjoy working independently and be comfortable adapting to changing technology.

Must be available to work either early mornings, weekends, afternoons and holidays at times. The hourly rate is depending on experience. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years professional broadcast experience is required. Public radio experience is a plus. Must be proficient in digital audio editing software and comfortable with live board operation and automation. Must have experience preparing, writing, and delivering newscasts.

RIPR service includes news networks, RIPR.org and mobile service. This position is based in our Providence studios.

Apply online only to careers@ripr.org using “On Air Host” in the subject line with cover letter, resume and three work samples provided as attachments or URLs. No Phone Calls Please.


Newsroom Internships
 
Rhode Island Public Radio is currently seeking interns for the newsroom internship. 
 
Interns will work two, four-hour shifts per week in the newsroom writing and producing stories for the daily newscasts. Duties include: researching, interviewing both in the newsroom and out in the field, editing audio, and writing news copy. Interns will also post their stories on the RIPR website and assist with other duties in the newsroom. This is a great opportunity to learn the core skills of broadcast journalism while working alongside experienced journalists. Internship shifts run from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or Noon - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
 
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Elisabeth Harrison: eharrison@ripr.org.
 

Volunteers
 
To learn about volunteer opportunities, please visit the volunteering page.   

 
RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC RADIO is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
 
Rhode Island Public Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
 
In accordance with FCC guidelines, Rhode Island Public Radio is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Rhode Island Public Radio Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:
 
Rhode Island Public Radio
1 Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
 
Diversity Statement:
Rhode Island Public Radio is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment and to enhance its ability to effectively serve the public. RIPR values an environment is grounded in respect and inclusion, enriching the experience of listeners and readers, and supports a positive workplace that promotes excellence, and cultivates the intellectual and personal growth of the entire community.
 
RIPR supports nondiscrimination policies and commits to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity.
 
RIPR’s Diversity Goals
  • To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
  • To provide equal opportunity in employment.
  • To educate its management and staff in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
RIPR Diversity Practices and Initiatives
  • RIPR is committed to diversity and equal employment opportunity in every aspect of personnel policy and practice including: recruitment, selection, placement, training and advancement of employees.
  • Recruitment for employment opportunities at RIPR takes place through an open and fair process.
  • RIPR job postings are submitted to professional minority organizations consistent with its established FCC EEO program with the goal of attracting a diverse candidate pool. Special effort will be made by RIPR management and search committee members to recruit minority candidates.
  • RIPR management and other appropriate staff will attend training seminars or workshops in order to learn ways to create a more diverse workforce and to maintain a culture of respect and non-discrimination. RIPR management will review practices designed to fulfill RIPR’s commitment to diversity and to meet applicable FCC guidelines.
Diversity at RIPR
  • RIPR has 19 full time members of its public radio staff.
  • Women comprise a total of 47% of RIPR’s full time staff.  
  • RIPR’s staff generally reflects the demographic makeup of its listening area and we will continue to recruit diverse candidates for future open positions.
 
For our EEO Reports, please download the PDFs below, or visit publicfiles.fcc.gov