Job Description:

General Notes

Texas Standard, the national daily news show of Texas, is hiring a digital producer to expand the reach of texasstandard.org and its associated digital platforms. This position will be employed by KUT/The University of Texas at Austin but can be based anywhere in Texas, with occasional travel to Austin.  As a member of the Texas Standard team, you will uphold and further KUT/KUTX’s mission to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, as well as cover diverse communities around Texas and beyond.   

 

Purpose

The Digital Producer will produce and optimize content for texasstandard.org to be distributed across online platforms. Work with Managing Editor and Social Media Editor to plan and execute promotion of Texas Standard stories and projects. Coordinate online presentation of special projects. Stay plugged into statewide news and pitch ideas for radio segments, online-only stories and audience engagement opportunities.

 

Responsibilities

  • Helps drive daily operation of texasstandard.org with guidance from Managing Editor. 

  • Writes, optimizes and edits stories for online audience, envisioning the best digital formats and promotion for radio segments, packaging additional assets, and suggesting social media chatter. 

  • Writes engaging and effective digital headlines to attract audiences. 

  • Uses Google Trends to best optimize stories for search audience and spot content opportunities. 

  • Monitors real-time metrics via Chartbeat to make adjustments tied to the data and determine traffic patterns. 

  • Helps plan for both daily and long-term coverage in collaboration with statewide partners and the Texas Newsroom. 

  • Assists in content promotion via social media and weekly newsletter. 

  • Stays on top of the latest trends in digital storytelling & promotion and brings ideas for new tools/engagement techniques to the table.

  • Conveys consistent Texas Standard voice across various online platforms. 

  • Ensures all materials produced for the site meet Texas Standard standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and balance. Actively incorporates diverse perspectives and voices into the editorial process. Identifies omissions in our coverage and suggests ways to mitigate them.

  • Other related duties as assigned. 

 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree 

  • A combination of one year of experience in radio or television production or related field.  

  • One year of professional experience reporting and editing news online.  

  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies, tools and trends impacting journalism.  

  • Knowledge of the operations of local and national public media.  

  • Demonstrated understanding of online news content use and delivery in substance, style, format, and design.  

  • Experience creating and promoting content for a digital audience.  

  • Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills, including familiarity with AP Style.  

  • Must be able to multitask and meet deadlines.  ​

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Radio/Television/Film, Communications, Journalism or related field.  

  • At least three years full-time experience in online news reporting and editing, demonstrating increasing responsibilities.  

  • One year of public radio and/or online public media news reporting within the past five years.  

  • Familiarity with data visualization tools, HTML and Wordpress.  

  • Experience with digital production technologies and audience engagement techniques.  

  • Spanish language skills.  

 

Salary Range

$45,000 - $52,000 + depending on qualifications

 

Working Conditions

Lift and move standard office files and supplies. Standard work hours begin at 7 a.m. but may be adjusted based on the needs of Texas Standard. Work hours may occasionally include night, weekend and holiday hours. 

 

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

  • 3 samples of digital production work

 

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

 

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

----

Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

----

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

----

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

----

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

----

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

----

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

----

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

----

Compliance:

 

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

 

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Remote, TX
United States
Job Category: 
Producer
Job Type: 
Full time
Hours Per Week: 
40.00
Minimum Salary: 
$45,000.00
Job Field: