Audience Producer (16058)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 16, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Professional Fields, Journalism, Social Work & Human Services, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time

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About the Department/Unit

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.


The Audience Producer serves as the primary producer for DCist and WAMU’s editorial social media accounts, promoting our journalism in a consistent, engaging voice and growing our following. This role also manages other direct communication with audience members, including the comment section on our websites. The Audience Producer effectively uses analytics tools to make data-informed decisions about story promotion, new initiatives, and experimental content. This position also works on additional engagement and digital production tasks, such as homepage management. Occasionally, the Audience Producer supports other Audience team members in their work, as needed, serving as back-up producer of newsletters, or in facilitating events.

Essential Functions

1. Manage social platforms and presence
  • Write and schedule posts for official DCist and WAMU social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), with a particular emphasis on resurfacing content and promoting evergreen stories. Establish a consistent, creative, and (when appropriate) witty voice on these platforms, mirroring our brands’ identities.

2. Engage audiences
  • In collaboration with the Engagement Producer, identify ways to connect with the audiences and members of WAMU and DCist where they are. Work with reporters and editors to directly connect their work to the needs of the community.

3. Conduct research and analysis
  • Work in collaboration with Growth Editor to evaluate a range of analytics to inform decision-making around story promotion and future editorial content. Advocate for purpose-built content based on successes.

4. Produce newsletters
  • Serve as the secondary producer of a daily local newsletter as-needed.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time
  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst A
  • Exempt
  • This is a union-eligible position.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
Preferred Education and Experience
  • 3-5 years’ experience writing or producing social media in a professional journalism environment.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Ability to write in a creative, conversational, and distinctive voice while still maintaining accuracy and adhering to editorial standards.
  • Strong editorial judgment, a journalistic compass and the ability to make independent editorial decisions on behalf of WAMU.
  • Deep understanding of established and emerging social media platforms, with knowledge of how to best leverage each tool for optimum audience growth and engagement.
  • An appreciation and comfort level with breaking news situations.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to write and copy-edit quickly
  • Keen understanding of how to use analytics to guide editorial decision-making.
  • Experience and appreciation for the emerging genre of newsletter writing. The ideal candidate is comfortable handling all aspects of a newsletter: writing, editing and producing.
  • Understanding of best practices for growing a newsletter list using everything from partnerships to content to leveraging analytics and email newsletter best practices.
  • Creativity and a comfort level with experimentation and risk
  • A collaborative and team-focused attitude, with a desire to do your work with empathy, generosity and good humor.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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