OVERVIEW

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide. 

Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPRThis means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.

Planet Money is looking for a temporary co-host/reporter on the Planet Money podcast team for up to six months. You will pitch, report, write, re-write, and co-host about one episode a month with a lot of help from the team, while also helping colleagues on their episodes. You will also file radio stories for other NPR programs and generally assist with all Planet Money does in podcast, broadcast, newsletter, TikTok and elsewhere. We are an extremely collaborative and tight-knit team with broad creative freedom to tell stories however we can. We are looking for someone who thrives with that wide remit. 

This job is a chance to help millions of listeners make sense of one of the most confusing moments in our nation’s—and the world’s—history. You’ll have to juggle themes of fairness, well-being, inequality, power, race, nationalism efficiency, productivity, comparative advantage, and all the other usual economic vocabulary words. And you will make people care.


Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

Please read on for details, including what you must submit to apply.

Who Should Apply? 

For this temporary assignment, we are especially looking for people who can demonstrate an ability to pitch, report, write, and execute whole long-form podcast episodes at a pace of about one per month.

This is not a job for someone who likes to take one assignment, go off solo for long stretches, and return with a fully formed gem. Nor is it for someone who gets too precious about every detail and lets perfectionism derail a project. This is not an investigative reporter job. This is also not a news job, where capital I “importance” alone gets a story greenlit. We consider ourselves explainers and storytellers. We work as a team at just about every step of the process. You will be expected to help everyone else do their best work, as they’ll help you. It’s usually fun.

The ideal candidate does NOT have to love Planet Money as it is. We invite criticism and want new voices to join the team. Tell us what bores you about the show, what we’re missing, and if the show is missing the mark, tell us why it does not speak to you. We want that message — delivered with empathy and kindness — in our edit room.

HOW TO APPLY

1) Please submit a resume

2) Please also submit a short cover letter telling us about yourself, your experience, and what you are curious about lately. We'd like to get a sense of what you would want to pitch and cover for Planet Money and how that meets the needs of our audience in this particular historical moment. We also want to hear why you want the job, and how you think you might improve Planet Money if hired. We invite your critiques; offering constructive, actionable editorial feedback is a core part of the job. 

3) Please include links to past work, even if it is not exactly like Planet Money. Feel free to also send us links to things you love that inspire your work.

4) Please include a link to an audio file in which you explain The Impossible Trinity, aka the Trilemma. This job is about making complex topics clear and entertaining. So show us how you do it. You can put the link at the bottom of your cover letter. The file should be no more than 3 minutes. It doesn’t need to be fancy. It can be just you into your phone or anything else you like. We won’t be evaluating you on your production skills. We’re looking for explanatory clarity and how enjoyable it is to listen to.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Statement: This is a union-represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Find, pitch, report, book, script, narrate an episode, and broadcast radio pieces on deadline.
  • Co-host, co-write, peer-edit and otherwise chip in helping on episodes reported by teammates.
  • Contribute to group edits of other staff members' work.
  • Graciously take edits from your team members, and work collaboratively with them at every step of the process with respect and kindness.
  • Ability to work with producers in a way that facilitates their journalistic and professional development.
  • Ensuring all journalistic and ethical standards are met and exceeded.
  • Write web, social, video, and newsletter versions or stories as needed
  • Represent NPR and Planet Money in live and online events occasionally and appear on other media to promote Planet Money.
  • Mentor and assist in the professional development of junior staff.
  • Along with co-hosts, editors, and staff, set the news agenda for the program.
  • Factor in the diversity of sourcing and representation of all voices when planning and executing the program.

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Although we especially welcome those with economic or finance expertise, formal education is not what is important to us. There is no educational requirement.

WORK LOCATION

  • Remote Permitted: This is a remote permitted role. This role is based out of our New York City office but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.

JOB TYPE

  • This is a temporary (6-month) full-time position.

COMPENSATION

Hourly Rate: The U.S. based anticipated hourly rate for this opportunity is $58.90 - $73.08 per hour. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum hourly rate NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR’s benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings to all eligible NPR employees. 

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.

The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.
NPR Pay Range
$58.90$73.08 USD

Want more NPR? Explore the stories behind the stories on our NPR Extra blog. Get social with NPR Extra on Facebook and Instagram. Find more career opportunities at NPR.org/careers.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

You may read NPR’s privacy policy to learn about how NPR may handle information you submit with any application.

Apply for this Job

* Required

resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review
+ Add another education


Voluntary Self-Identification

For government reporting purposes, we ask candidates to respond to the below self-identification survey. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

As set forth in NPR’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

Race & Ethnicity Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.


Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Form CC-305
Page 1 of 1
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 04/30/2026

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor. The law requires us to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We have a goal of having at least 7% of our workers as people with disabilities. The law says we must measure our progress towards this goal. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had one. People can become disabled, so we need to ask this question at least every five years.

Completing this form is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer is confidential. No one who makes hiring decisions will see it. Your decision to complete the form and your answer will not harm you in any way. If you want to learn more about the law or this form, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

A disability is a condition that substantially limits one or more of your “major life activities.” If you have or have ever had such a condition, you are a person with a disability. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or other substance use disorder (not currently using drugs illegally)
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer (past or present)
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or serious difficulty hearing
  • Diabetes
  • Disfigurement, for example, disfigurement caused by burns, wounds, accidents, or congenital disorders
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual or developmental disability
  • Mental health conditions, for example, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Mobility impairment, benefiting from the use of a wheelchair, scooter, walker, leg brace(s) and/or other supports
  • Nervous system condition, for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodivergence, for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, other learning disabilities
  • Partial or complete paralysis (any cause)
  • Pulmonary or respiratory conditions, for example, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema
  • Short stature (dwarfism)
  • Traumatic brain injury

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.


Please reach out to our support team via our help center.
Please complete the reCAPTCHA above.