Production Assistant, Pop Culture Happy Hour

NPR (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 2 months ago


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Pop Culture Happy Hour is one of the best and most popular arts and entertainment podcasts around. Its cast of panelists get together to review the latest in television, film, and more — through a lively, engaging format — all for an incredibly loyal audience. The podcast is ramping up to being published five days a week, and we are expanding our production team.

We’re looking for a creative and versatile Production Assistant with a passion for pop culture news and analysis to help produce the podcast. We are a small and agile team based in Washington, DC. The production assistant will be required to occasionally work weekends and evenings for awards shows and other events, and must have a willingness to be flexible about scheduling


The production assistant for Pop Culture Happy Hour is involved in all stages of podcast production and will: 

  • Assist hosts as needed in preparation for the podcast
  • Edit audio for podcast and occasionally radio
  • Prepare scripts and other material for air as required
  • Pre-interview and book guests
  • Conduct research and fact-check the podcast
  • Gather tape, assist with studio booking, production and mixing
  • Stay current with major arts and entertainment stories
  • Be an active participant in pitch meetings, consistently engaged with news of the day
  • Assist other team members with interview prep and logistics
  • Assist with web production of stories as necessary
  • Assist in maintaining strategic and productive engagement with audiences across social/digital platforms with NPR digital content teams
  • Actively participate in ensuring that all materials aired meet NPR program standards and practices, including standards of fairness, objectivity, and balance
  • Perform other duties as assigned


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.


  • At least one year of radio production experience on broadcast digital audio workstations (i.e. MTE/DAVID, Dalet, ProTools or similar)
  • At least one year of experience working with daily deadlines
  • Experience with journalism-related research and demonstrated ability to collect, organize and disseminate information
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions
  • Ability to work independently but also work well as part of a team
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule


Knowledge of and interest in arts and entertainment news

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. 

Apply here.

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