Gimlet Media tells stories through audio. Our roster of podcasts includes critically-acclaimed shows like Reply All, Crimetown, Homecoming, and The Nod. We have top editorial, sales, and business teams that work together to create experiences that help listeners better understand each other and the world around them. We are looking for ambitious, curious, talented, and kind people to join our team.We come from diverse backgrounds, brought together by the desire to create amazing experiences for listeners, and a shared belief in working hard, embracing creativity, and supporting one another. At Gimlet, good ideas matter more than titles. People who tackle problems with creative solutions, and who love the energy of a collaborative, team-oriented creative process thrive here.

The Show

Mogul brings listeners the stories behind hip hop’s most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them. It features in-depth reporting and rich, layered sound design. The New Yorker called Mogul “essential listening” and Entertainment Weekly described it as a “fascinating examination of the hip-hop industry and the culture of fame, masculinity, and violence that lie at the genre’s center.” In Season 1, Mogul investigated the life and death of legendary hip hop executive Chris Lighty. Season 2 centered on 2 Live Crew, their fight for freedom of speech, and their complicated legacy. The team is now working to develop future seasons.

The Job

“Editor” is sometimes used to refer to a person who cuts tape—that’s not the case at Gimlet. An editor here is the person who helps each story finds its shape, who guides a production team from the initial idea to the final, polished audio piece.  A Gimlet editor is an experienced storyteller, capable of leading teams to craft stories that are engaging, surprising and emotionally satisfying. They think deeply about narrative structure. They believe in the power of audio to open people up or change their minds, and they know that kind of project takes tremendous effort and constant revision. They are critical of the work but encouraging and supportive of their teams. They don’t just point out the problems, they stick around to fix them. Associate editors are Gimlet editors in training. They are adept at delivering powerful and unique stories in audio or other mediums. They know how to consistently create work that captures their audiences. Associate editors learn from Gimlet editors how to share their skills with other people and lead a team.  Gimlet editors generally work on two or more shows. In this role, we are looking for someone who will work consistently with the Mogul team, and will also have the potential to work on additional Gimlet shows.  As an associate editor, you will be paired with a more senior editor on each of your projects. This senior editor will lead the most challenging parts of the project you are working on while giving you space to own pieces of the editing yourself. They will be a source of feedback, support, and training for you. Over time, you will develop your skills as an audio editor and learn to lead the editorial process on your own.

What You’ll Do

    • Shadow senior editors to learn the details of the Gimlet production process
    • Help production teams prepare for interviews and generate interview questions
    • Participate in script writing sessions with hosts and producers
    • Give notes on drafts throughout the production process
    • Edit trailers and promos produced by your show teams

As you progress, you will take the lead on editing longer stories and full episodes. You will identify what is working in each story and what needs to be discarded, restructured or reimagined.

What You’ll Bring

  • At least 4+ years of journalism or documentary experience; audio experience is a major plus
  • A familiarity with, and appreciation for, hip hop
  • A proven knack for collaborative work
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Exceptional communication skills, across the board
  • An ability to jump between projects and contribute meaningful guidance, no matter the context
  • A strong vision for what makes exceptional, ambitious stories sing
  • Confidence in your ideas and suggestions
  • Openness and comfort with regular feedback and critique: you actively look for things you can improve and are comfortable getting feedback from all levels
  • You’ve listened to this old episode of Startup, and thought to yourself: yeah that sounds like fun

You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be brilliant. So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 271 million users.

This job originally appeared on Gimlet Media's website.

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