Futuro Studios is the new creative division of Futuro Media. The team at Futuro Studios is led by Peabody Award-winning journalist Marlon Bishop on the editorial end and Julio Ricardo Varela on the business end. So far, Futuro Studios projects include the following: Suave, La Brega, Anything for Selena, LOUD: The History of Reggaeton, Norco 80, Con Todo: Brown Love, The Battle for 187, Radical Imagination, and the Translash Podcast with Imara Jones. Studios is hiring a rising journalist for an eight month fellowship. 

We are seeking recent graduates from a journalism program, early-career journalists, or working journalists with little or no prior experience working with audio (preferably no more than two years working in audio journalism) with a passionate interest in reporting that centers POC voices. They will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, honing their journalistic and storytelling skills as well as gaining technical radio broadcasting and podcasting skills.

The fellowship will start in November 2021 and end in July 2022. It is a temporary part-time position (30 hours per week) and paid at $15 an hour. The Fellow will be immersed in Studio’s editorial and production process, particularly gaining feedback on how to research, pitch, produce and edit stories from Futuro’s unique perspective of uplifting voices from communities of color. 

This position is currently remote, with the option of remaining remote or transitioning to in-person upon the reopening of our offices in Harlem, New York. Location is not a limiting factor—we’re open to welcoming fellows regardless of where they’re based.

The ideal candidate should play well with others and enjoy production and reporting. They should have a passion for telling POC stories and working with voices that are rarely heard in the media landscape. We’re a small shop, so while we’re looking for someone who is a true team player, there is a lot of room to do meaningful work.

Duties and Expectations

Reporting to the Studios Producer, the Fellow will:

  • Support the daily and weekly production process for Studios podcasts, including:
    • Research and pre-reporting
    • Prepping guests and hosts
    • Recording and post production
    • Assemble and edit episodes in ProTools
    • Assist in fact checking
    • Administrative tasks as needed
  • Participate in weekly editorial and production meetings
  • Be trained and assisted in producing through the duration of the fellowship

Qualifications

  • Recent college graduate (including students graduating in 2021), early-career journalist, or working journalist with some experience working with audio (up to 2 years working in audio journalism)
  • Some familiarity with ProTools or similar digital audio editing platforms and audio production experience
  • A knack for developing relationships with sources and show guests who are immersed in their local communities
  • Commitment to diverse coverage within and outside of POC communities, in terms of sexual orientation, gender, and race
  • Have an ear for good tape
  • Demonstrate ability to pitch POC-centric political, social and cultural roundtable and evergreen episodes that are newsworthy with voices that are not given a platform in the mainstream media
  • Excellent team player and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and other team members
  • Ability to work independently while also fitting into a small, focused team
  • Be curious with a desire to keep learning
  • Written and spoken Spanish fluency is a plus, but NOT a requirement

Additional Details 

  • Location: Remote 
  • Salary: $15/hour for 30 hours/week
  • Recording equipment and audio editing software will be provided as needed.
  • Duration: 11/2021 through 7/2022 (8 months)

Applications for Futuro Studio’s audio production fellowship will be accepted through October 25th. Applicants invited to interview will be notified of decisions by mid-November.

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;

3 work samples (we encourage you to submit audio samples if you have prior experience in radio); 

and two (2) references.

To avoid any broken links, please attach all documents as .doc, .pdf, or .mp3 files.

Must be submitted by October 25th to be considered for this position, but we encourage early applications. 

To apply, please send all your application materials to jobs@futuromediagroup.org with the subject line: “Studios Fellowship application for [YOUR NAME]”. 

Futuro Media is a diverse work environment and we encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Journalists of color and of other diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. 

About Futuro Media Group

The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to creating multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.