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Google Podcast Creator Program is Taking Applications

Google Podcast Creator Program is guided by a mission of providing a global audio community with open resources, empowering underrepresented voices, and showcasing new work. The program will begin taking applications on July 1, 2020. If you applied to last year’s program, you will need to fill out the application again.

BIPOC podcasters and creators from traditionally marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last year, we welcomed early-stage producers from Brazil, Chile, Columbia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Spain and the United States. This year, the program will serve creators from around the globe who produced at least five episodes of their podcast since January 2019, and who want to advance their skills and take their productions to the next level.

The Google Podcast Creator Program is free to participants. The 12-week training will be entirely virtual and conducted by PRX alongside international industry experts and Google Podcast creator program alumni.

Participants will receive:

  •  Regular feedback on all aspects of their production, including editorial and technical input
  •  Training on topics such as storytelling, sound design, and reaching audiences through marketing and engagement strategies
  •  Equipment and software to help meet independent production needs amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic
  •  Up to $12,000 in funding for use as they see fit for their productions

There is a page filled with frequently asked questions (FAQs) for people who want more information about how to apply for the Google Podcast Creator Program.

PRX is Seeking an Editor for Ear Hustle

PRX is seeking a full-time, Bay-area based editor to play a key role in the production of Radiotopia’s Ear Hustle, a podcast that features stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The deadline for submitting your application is January 31, 2020.

This person will work closely with the team to shape all aspects of stories told in each episode, both from inside San Quentin State Prison, where the podcast started, and outside the prison, as we continue to explore the re-entry experience. This position starts in early 2020, will be based in Emeryville, CA, but will also include days spent (2-4 per month) with the Ear Hustle team in San Quentin.

The position reports to the senior produce and works closely with the executive producer.

Responsibilities include:

  •  Shape and edit stories from initial pitches to published episodes
  • Craft content in creative new ways while maintaining Ear Hustle’s distinctive style
  • Provide editorial mentorship to producers and hosts
  • Pitch their own story ideas when appropriate
  • Assist in scriptwriting
  • Communicate mix notes to sound designer
  • And more!

Requirements include:

  •  Minimum five years experience in audio storytelling
  • Experience in editing longform narrative audio stories
  • Expertise in script writing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Solid Pro Tools skills
  • Flexibility and an ability for creative problem-solving in a high-stakes and unpredictable environment
  • And more!

For more details about the responsibilities and requirements of this position, and to apply for it, visit the PRX website where the want-ad is listed.

PRX Announced TRAX – A Podcast Network for Tweens

PRX, the pioneering public media organization that produces and distributes iconic audio programming heard by millions, announced TRAX, a network of original podcasts for preteens and teens ages 9-13 years old.

Funded by a $1.6 million grant to PRX from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, TRAX will feature free, on-demand audio content that is enriching, entertaining, and diverse in genre, format, style and voice. The network will launch in 2020.

PRX has developed the network with guidance from Peabody Award-winning Gen-Z Media, one of the top publishers of high-quality audio content for youth and their families. Gen-Z produces and curates acclaimed podcasts spanning from action-adventure to science education, including Pants on Fire, Tumble, Molly of Denali, and Earth Rangers.

TRAX will feature podcasts from Gen-Z Media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Cocotazo Media, and members of the team behind Night Vale Presents, and more.

Veteran producer Michelle Smawley will lead TRAX as its executive producer. Smawley has produced and developed programming featured on NBC, PBS, CBS, and A&E. Formerly an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Smawley has also served as a reporter for KBIA in Missouri.

“TRAX intends to broaden the possibilities of audio for preteens and teens – an under-served audience – with bold programming that can also be trusted by parents and caregivers,” continued Hoffman. “We’re grateful to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting for their support.”

PRX Seeks a Digital Content Director

PRX is seeking a Digital Content Director. It is a unique marketing opening at PRX. The person selected for this position must be willing to work in Boston, Massachusetts.

Reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, the Digital Content Director leads a team of professionals in the strategic development and day-to-day management of PRX’s marketing content and digital platforms. The Director builds and executes marketing campaigns leveraging content as the key asset.

In addition to strong design and marketing campaign concepts, they will have solid understanding of how to navigate across PRX’s platforms across audiences including listeners, donors, potential partners, and media. This position is seated at the cross-section of digital/social content and marketing teams and its an integral role to forge new pathways for building awareness and driving conversations with PRX’s brands, especially around its Radiotopia Network.

PRX says that preference will be given to those candidates who can tangibly demonstrate successful experience building impactful digital campaigns for mission-driven organizations and thrives on understanding best practices and trends across digital channels.

Qualifications include:

  • 5-7 years of experience in content marketing or social media marketing
  • Deep understanding of digital and social media metrics
  • Experience in executing successful branded content campaigns, a plus
  • Knowledge of public media and podcasting
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Digital media or relevant field
  • Good knowledge of Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Audacity or other media editing software

For more information about the PRX Digital Content Director position, including the requirements for the position, or to apply for the job, please visit the PRX want ad.

Google and PRX Revealed Round Two of Podcast Creator Program

Google and PRX have revealed the teams chosen for their second round of the Google Podcasts creator program. Variety reported that Google and PRX received thousands of applications to the program from more than 100 countries.

PRX revealed the Round Two for the Google Podcasts creator program:

37 Graus (“37 Degrees”) – from Sãn Paulo, Brazil: Named for the average temperature of the human body, and intended to convey both science and human warmth, 37 Graus is a reported Portuguese-language podcast that tells stories behind Brazil’s iconic landscapes and events.

Sarah Azoubel (Co-Creator, Host, and Producer) is a Brazilian biology PhD turned science journalist and audio producer Bia Guimarães (Co-Creator, Host, and Producer) is a Brazilian journalist and audio producer with a master’s degree in Science and Cultural Communication.

City of Women – from Bangalore, India: Discover how Bangalore’s women navigate their working lives and the city through hyper-local tours of their workplaces, neighborhoods, communities, and favorite places to go for fun – because each woman draws her map differently.

Samyuktha Varma (Producer and Host) is a writer and researcher with a longstanding interest in how challenging topics are communicated to broader audiences. Radishika Viswanathan (Producer and Host) is a development researcher an podcaster whose interests lie at the intersection of development research, policy, and communication.

Cocktails & Cancer with MJ and Dani – from West Orange, New Jersey & Queens, New York. This immersive mix of social and cultural commentary and storytelling shapes the journey of two best friends after a breast cancer diagnosis to inspire and empower black women to have real conversations about cancer.

Michelle “MJ” James (Co-Host) and Danielle “Dani” Brown (Co-Host) have worked in media and entertainment for 20+ years. Dani was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and is now three-years cancer-free.

De Eso No Se Habla – from Madrid, Spain. This Spanish-language show, whose title translates to “We Don’t Talk About That,” maps stories deliberately omitted from everyday discourse – because they hurt too much, because they endanger the status quo, or because we don’t even have the words to talk about them.

Isabel Cadenas Canñon (Creator, Host and Producer) is an independent audio producer and writer).

Her Stage – from Beirut, Lebanon. Discover the underground life of Beirut as this Arabic-language narrated documentary uncovers a hidden world where differences are celebrated, activism is brewing, and the feminine is being set free.

Rhea Chedid (Producer and Host) is the founder of a Beirut-based podcast production company. Afeef Nessouli (Producer and Host) is an American-Lebanese news producer and journalist.

Un periódico de ayer – from Bogatá, Columbia. A Spanish-language, narrative-driven podcast, “Yesterday’s News” is about the personal toll of history and how public issues can shape our most private moments.

Juan Serrano (Host and Lead Producer) is a lawyer, journalist, non-fiction book author and producer of various podcasts. Miguel Reyes (Producer) is a lawyer, writer, and producer. Daniel Díaz (Audio Designer) is a musician, copywriter and animal lover.

PRX Seeks a Community Manager for PRX Podcast Garage

PRX is looking for someone passionate about storytelling and community engagement to run the PRX Podcast Garage at its newest location in Washington, D.C.

The PRX Podcast Garage is a community recording studio, classroom, and event space that supports new voices in podcasting and public media. In 2016, PRX opened the first PRX Podcast Garage in Boston, Massachusetts to support the work of local audio producers and storytellers. The facility now runs more than 100 events and workshops for a year – serving over 2,500 participants – as well as a professional recording studio. Most importantly, the Podcast Garage is a welcoming community for new audio makers to get inspired, collaborate, and create.

The PRX Community Manager will work closely with the Podcast Garage team. There is also a lot of autonomy to imagine and implement ideas. The job is customer-focused. People come and go throughout the day, so the PRX Community Manager will need to provide hospitality. The PRX Community Manager must be someone who has a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusivity with a passion for supporting new voices in media.

This application closes on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. It is a full-time position, Wednesday through Sunday, based in the heart of D.C.’s creative community. For more information, and to apply for this job, please visit the website where the PRX Community Manager want-ad is posted.

PRX Seeks a Creative Services Manager

The PRX Marketing Department is seeking a Creative Services Manager.

PRX Marketing Department is looking for a creative and experienced brand professional to oversee all creative design, graphics, and branding aesthetic. This is an exciting and fast-paced position that supports marketing, distribution, sales, operations, IT and fundraising departments and our podcast network, Radiotopia. This individual acts as a critical team member who helps lead the creative development and implementation of PRX’s brand strategy.

Some responsibilities include:

  • Assigns projects to vendors, graphic artists, PR and Marketing Agencies; production houses, utilizing current workload, skill sets and experiences
  • Translate creative briefs into design assets and systems that meet business goals as defined by CMO
  • Produce monthly webinars in collaboration with content and station services departments
  • Ensure producers have a style guide book and kick-off onboarding by walking new and returning producers through the process
  • Monitor producers and shows to ensure compliance with brand and logo use
  • Build and distribute social media toolkits with regular messaging, graphics, audiograms, approved photos, etc.
  • Excellent design an graphics portfolio
  • Acts as a liaison between marketing, production, fundraising, ad sales departments and Radiotopia Network and its producers
  • Builds and maintains PRX, Radiotopia, and PRX Podcast Garage style guidelines

This position is based in Boston, Massachusetts. PRX employees are offered health, dental and life insurance benefits, short- and long-term disability, a 401K retirement plan, and paid parental leave.

Visit the website PRX website where this job listing is posted for more information and to apply for the position.

PRX is Seeking a Director of Audience Growth

PRX is at the epicenter of the audio revolution, bridging broadcast, digital and mobile with a portfolio of exceptional programs. PRX is seeking a Director of Audience Growth.

The Director of Audience Growth reports to the Chief Marketing Officer and will work in partnership with the marketing team on effective initiatives that introduce our content to new listeners and build loyalty with our existing listeners; the core aspect of this position is to identify and grow new audiences and help support PRX’s premier broadcast programs.

Some requirements include:

  • Deliver required consumer audiences to ensure broadcast, download and live event success and advertiser and sponsor satisfaction
  • Develop broadcast, podcast and audience acquisition strategies for PRX and Radiotopia; manage overall audience development testing strategy – including funnel optimization, distribution channel mix and headline and image optimization
  • Ensure social media strategy developed by VP audience development & engagement is aligned with audience growth strategy
  • Apply SEO initiatives and best practices to the content strategy that will strengthen and optimize both website and keyword ranking with the ability to clearly communicate best practices to editorial and product teams
  • Work cross-functionally with brand site editors, publishers, product development, and sales & marketing groups to identify opportunities, executive brand initiatives and maximize audience growth

PRX points out that this position is based in Boston. PRX employees are offered health, dental and life insurance benefits, short- and long-term disability, a 401K retirement plan and paid vacation and parental health.

Visit the PRX job listing for full information about the Director of Audience Growth position.

PRX Seeks Director of Productions

PRX is at the epicenter of the audio revolution, bridging broadcast, digital and mobile with a portfolio of exceptional programs including PRI’s The World, The Takeaway, The Moth Radio Hour, On Being, This American Life and the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX is seeking a Director of PRX Productions.

PRX is looking for a seasoned producer and manager with a sharp sense of story, experience building a creative team, and a sophisticated understanding of the podcast landscape. If you are someone who is comfortable with talent, technology, and the business of dynamics that are shaping the on-demand audio landscape then this is the opportunity for you.

Required Qualifications include:

  • At least 7+ years of writing and producing successful podcasts and/or radio programs
  • A passion for innovative stories and impactful content
  • An ability to juggle multiple concurrent projects
  • A proven track record of meeting financial goals, managing a budget and setting key business objectives
  • Experience launching productions from scratch and collaborating on making existing probrams better
  • An ability to foster strong partnerships
  • Demonstrated experience building, leading and maintaining a strong creative team
  • A natural problem-solver
  • A team player with an ability to communicate effectively across functional teams, clients, colleagues and others
  • Highly organized and able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Proven critical thinking and problem-solving skills

This position is based in Boston. PRX employees are offered health, dental and life insurance benefits, short- and long-term disability, a 401k retirement plan, and paid vacation and parental leave.

Visit the PRX want ad for full details.