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Fellow, Latino USA – The Futuro Media Group (NY)

Latino USA, a national weekly radio program about Latino stories is taking applications for a 8 month-long fellowship. We are seeking recent graduates from a journalism program or entry-level journalism professionals with a passionate interest in reporting that centers the voices and stories of girls, young women, and gender-fluid individuals of color in NYC, and will focus on stories that encourage them to lead self-determined lives. The fellowship is funded by the New York Women’s Foundation.

The fellowship is open to women and/or gender-fluid individuals who are early-career reporters with no more than five years’ experience in the field. They will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, honing their journalistic and longform storytelling skills as well as gaining technical radio broadcasting and podcasting skills.

The fellowship will start in April 2020 and end in December 2020. The fellow will be based out of our Harlem offices. The Fellow will be immersed in Latino USA’s editorial and production process, particularly gaining feedback on how to research, pitch, produce and edit stories from Latino USA’s unique perspective.

The ideal candidate should play well with others and enjoy production and reporting. They should have a passion for telling Latino stories and working with voices that are rarely heard in the public media landscape. We’re a small shop, so we need someone who is a true team player unafraid of rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever it takes to complete an assignment.

About Latino USA:

On the air for over 25 years, Latino USA is the only national, English-language news radio program produced from a Latino perspective. Anchored by Maria Hinojosa, the mission of Latino USA is to provide weekly insights into the lived experiences of Latino communities, and to be a window to the cultural, political and social ideas that impact the country’s demographic. Each week, we present a unique mix of coverage on culture and politics, diverse on-air voices, and in-depth reporting on current and emerging issues impacting Latinos and the nation. We believe in narrative journalism—using characters, plot, and an attention to detailed storytelling alongside the highest ethical standards to connect people to stories that matter to them. We believe in rigorous fact-checking, and in providing humanity, history, context and fun. The offices of Futuro Media Group, which produces Latino USA, are located in Harlem, in New York City. 

Duties and Expectations

Reporting to a Latino USA team member with additional guidance from the Editorial staff, the Fellow will:

  • Attend editorial meetings on days they are in the office;
  • Generate ideas for coverage of stories that encourage girls, young women, and gender-fluid youth of color to lead self-determined lives and create a culture and narrative shift to advance gender and racial equity in NYC;
  • Bring well-developed pitches to our bi-weekly pitch meetings;
  • Produce stories during the duration of the Fellowship. These stories will potentially air nationally on Latino USA and/or be published on latinousa.org;
  • Provide multimedia content (web copy, tweets, Facebook entries, photos, etc.) for each story;
  • Encourage local community organizations to share these stories with the communities they serve.
  • Work approximately 4 days a week.

For stories that they produce, the Fellow will be expected to:

  • Write and edit segments as needed;
  • Report, write, voice, and edit segments;
  • Contribute copy to show scripts as assigned;
  • Secure and organize audio materials for segments;
  • Participate in group listens of their segments;
  • Participate, as needed, on reporting trips (solo, with host, and/or with other producers);
  • Assist in fact-checking scripts to ensure editorial integrity and quality of content;

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, Latino studies, or a related field, or comparable work experience;
  • 1+ years work experience in radio journalism, or 2+ years experience in other journalism medium plus some audio production experience;
  • Spanish language skills a strong plus, but not required;
  • A knack for developing relationships and sources;
  • Experience with ProTools or similar digital audio editing platforms;
  • Demonstrated ability to follow a beat;
  • Commitment to diverse coverage within and outside of the Latino community, in terms of sexual orientation, gender, and race;
  • Have an ear for good tape and a knack for developing relationships and sources;
  • Demonstrate ability to pitch character-based, narrative stories with scenes (like a movie for your ears);
  • Excellent attention to detail is key;
  • Excellent team player and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
  • Be someone who would do anything to not miss a deadline;
  • Strong time management skills;
  • Ability to work independently while also fitting into a small, focused team;
  • Be curious with a desire to keep learning;
  • Accept productive criticism and feedback intended to help you grow;
  • Must love radio/podcasts.

Additional Details 

  • Location: NYC
  • Salary: $15/hr based on four days a week, paid on a bi-weekly schedule.
  • Recording equipment and audio editing software will be provided.
  • Travel stipend of $127.00 a month will be provided 
  • Duration: 4/2020 through 12/2020

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit the following:

a cover letter summarizing your background and goals, and why you would be an appropriate fit for this fellowship;

your resume stating qualifications;

three (3) work samples to your audio work (can be links); 

and two (2) references.

Optional: An outline of a Project proposal and your reporting strategy, and summary of media coverage of the subject you wish to cover.

Must be submitted by Friday, March 20th, 2020 to be considered for this position, but we encourage early applications. 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter via email with the subject “Latino USA NYWF Fellowship” to [email protected]. Please include where you saw this job posting. 

Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted. 

No phone calls, please.

Futuro Media is a diverse work environment and encourages female and/or gender-fluid individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. 

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Audio Internships, Latino USA

Latino USA is produced out of our Harlem office by The Futuro Media Group—an independent non-profit media organization that explores and gives voice to the diversity of the American experience. Latino USA is a weekly hour-long radio magazine show hosted by Maria Hinojosa. The show airs in over 220 public radio stations nationwide with a podcast that surpassed 3.3M downloads in 2018.

We want self-starters to help in the production of the show covering everything from news to cultural trends affecting Latinos in the U.S. The staff is small, so there is a lot of room to do meaningful work.

Responsibilities:

  • Research segment topics and interview subjects
  • Pre-interview subjects before they come to studio
  • Participate in editorial and production meetings
  • Research and gather materials for show website
  • Assist in assembling the weekly show
  • Assist in reporting and recording audio for stories produced in-house
  • Assist in writing scripts for host interviews
  • Assist in editing audio from studio interviews
  • Develop and produce an enterprise story for radio.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced matriculated college student—graduate or advanced undergraduate
  • Self-directed and can work with a team in a fast-paced, extremely dynamic office environment.
  • Excellent, snappy, vibrant writing, especially for radio and web
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and other team members

Desired skills:

  • Familiarity with ProTools or other audio editing software programs
  • Familiarity with news outlets from around the country
  • Familiarity with policy and cultural trends, as well as with socioeconomic and racial/ethnic demographics of communities around the U.S.
  • Familiarity with radio production process
  • Familiarity with radio recording equipment
  • Good writing, good at QA checking and copyediting
  • Bicultural/bilingual

To Apply:
Latino USA accepts interns for the Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

In order to apply please submit your applications by the following dates:
Spring (mid-January through mid-May) – Apply by November 15
Summer (June through August) – Apply by April 15
Fall (mid-September through mid-December) – Apply by August 1

Send cover letter outlining how your interests, skills and experiences that line up with what Latino USA does. Please also email a one-page resume and at least one audio sample of your work that shows off your mastery of style and content. Please submit as links or mp3s.

Email this to [email protected] with the subject line “LUSA Audio Internship” and please specify which term you are applying for.

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About Latino USA
On the air for nearly 25 years and distributed, Latino USA is the only national, English-language news radio program produced from a Latino perspective. Anchored by Maria Hinojosa, the mission of Latino USA is to provide weekly insights into the lived experiences of Latino communities, and to be a window to the cultural, political and social ideas that impact the country’s demographic. Each week, we present a unique mix of coverage on culture and politics, diverse on-air voices, and in-depth reporting on current and emerging issues impacting Latinos and the nation. We believe in narrative journalism—using characters, plot, and an attention to detailed storytelling alongside the highest ethical standards to connect people to stories that matter to them. We believe in rigorous fact-checking, and in providing humanity, history, context and fun. The offices of Futuro Media Group, which produces Latino USA, are located in Harlem, in New York City.

Futuro Media is a diverse work environment and encourages female and/or gender-fluid individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

About The Futuro Media Group

The Futuro Media Group (FMG) is an independent non-profit media organization dedicated to producing multiplatform journalism that explores and gives voice to the diversity of the American experience. Launched in spring 2010, Futuro Media works in the public interest, informing and educating the public about compelling narratives, real lives, and important stories that are often overlooked by mainstream media. The Futuro Media Group is dedicated to equal employment opportunity and welcomes all viable candidates who meet the job qualifications to submit their applications for consideration. For more information, visit Futuro’s main site here