As the leading independent modern media company, Vox Media ignites conversations and influences culture. Across digital, podcasts, TV, streaming, live events, and print, we tell stories that affect our audience's daily lives and entertain as much as they inform.
Our portfolio features influential and respected editorial properties including Vox, New York Magazine, The Verge, The Cut, Eater, Vulture, The Strategist, Polygon, SB Nation, Intelligencer, Curbed, Grub Street, and Recode. Off-platform, the Vox Media Podcast Network offers one of the largest collections of popular podcasts, and Vox Media Studios produces and distributes the award-winning nonfiction shows. Powered by innovative technology that scales quality, the Chorus publishing platform and Concert advertising marketplace answer the always-changing needs of modern audiences, creators and marketers.
Vox Media has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in Media,” an Inc. “Company of the Year,” Digiday’s “Best Company for Parents,” and one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.
The Vox network, which includes Vox.com, an Emmy-award winning YouTube channel, podcasts such as Today, Explained, Unexplainable and Vox Conversations, and Explained on Netflix, is a brand built on delivering understanding and explanation to our audience.
We seek to explain what’s really happening, what really matters, and what’s coming next, and to do so fairly, accurately and with nuance on issues of importance to a diverse and growing audience across platforms. We want to ensure that our staff is made up of talented obsessives with a variety of experiences and perspectives, and from a diverse set of backgrounds.
To that end, we are dedicated to building up our teams, constantly improving the quality of our journalism, and creating a more modern and sustainable media company. This fall, we’re hiring an audio fellow to work throughout the Vox Audio team to help us ensure we are telling the most important stories to our audience and approaching those stories with nuance and discernment. The fellowship is a one-year, full-time, salaried position (with benefits).
We’re looking for fellows to work across a range of podcasts produced at Vox. This is a hands-on role where you will have the opportunity to pitch, produce, report, edit and create Vox audio journalism in a series of quarterly rotations with the following teams:
- Vox Conversations: Our twice-weekly conversational show is based on the platonic ideal of the importance of interrogating ideas in a public forum. You’ll work alongside our hosts, producer and editor to take these conversations past the expected to a true exploration of a given topic. This will involve pitching episodes and guests, working with hosts on interview research/prep, editing a raw interview down to its most focused version and exploring new areas of coverage.
- Unexplainable: You’ll embed with our weekly science explainer show for a quarter to co-produce an episode, or episodes, developed in tandem with the team, but based 100 percent on a pitch you bring to the table. This is an excellent opportunity to dig in on a narrative show and the accompanying research, scripting and editing that go into making an episode both informative and entertaining.
- Today, Explained: You’ll embed with our daily news podcast to work alongside producers and editors in crafting our flagship award-winning daily news explainer. This portion of the rotation will give the fellow direct experience in developing a scripted interview-based show.
- Wild Card: Think of your fourth quarter with Vox Audio as your thesis work. Throughout the first three quarters, you’ll be meeting regularly with Audio team leadership and your mentor to develop a pitch for a special project. This could be a set of episodes you produce, report and/or host or working closely with a producer, editor, reporter or show to create a new approach to coverage of a given topic or a way of approaching production or audio editing. We expect the fellow to bring a pitch and perspective not previously covered in our shows.
The Vox Essential Voices Fellowship is a perfect opportunity for emerging journalism and audio talent, subject-matter experts looking to move into audio-based journalism, or established journalists who want to switch beats or gain expertise on a new platform.
The fellowship will be a year-long program to provide extensive training and mentorship along with opportunities above and beyond that of traditional entry-level/intern positions. Aside from intensive feedback from editors, fellows will also have dedicated mentors, exclusive networking opportunities, brown bag sessions featuring management throughout Vox Media, and the chance to attend one professional conference per year, such as NABJ, NAHJ, SRCCON or NICAR.
We’re looking for someone with:
- A demonstrated passion for a particular beat and medium, and interest in ensuring diverse voices and experiences are a robust part of the future of journalism
- An interest in explanatory journalism and audio as a medium of furthering that goal
- Previous newsroom or audio team experience (including college papers or radio) or comparable experience in another field — we have had great luck turning lawyers, think tank staffers, scientists and other subject-matter experts into great journalists
- Tenacious curiosity and a creative approach to storytelling
What you’ll do:
- Produce distinct Vox audio content for several of our existing shows
- Develop a “thesis” project in your area of focus
- Participate in story meetings and pitch fresh ideas
- Work with editors to shape and improve content
- Work with the audio team to produce daily news, narrative weekly and conversational-based podcasts
- Participate in skill shares, training, and mentorship opportunities with fellowship cohort from across Vox Media
To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter that includes the following:
- The essential and unique perspective you’ll bring to Vox audio coverage that’s currently missing.
- Three story ideas or interview pairings for the shows you’ll be working on - Vox Conversations, Today, Explained and Unexplainable (1 each) - that you’d like to pursue if given the fellowship. Include the idea, who you’d interview to support your audio story OR who you would pair in a conversational show, what angle you’d take, and a suggested headline/title.
Our next class of fellows begins in October.
This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East
About working at Vox Media:
This is a temporary, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.