The Good Fight
DC | Starts immediately | Salary: $40s to $50s, per experience, plus Obamacare
Candidates of color and/or LGBT-identified are encouraged to apply.
Here's what we're looking for.
And here's what we're up to.
The Good Fight, with Ben Wikler
is a newborn podcast and radio show with giant plans: to tell spellbinding stories about fights to change the world, to delight millions of people, and to inspire them to dedicate their lives to ending injustice. And, maybe, to take over the world.
It's also a rocket ship. In our first two months, we hit the #1 spot on the iTunes charts. Apple named us one of the Best Podcasts of 2013. And we've interviewed the likes of Senators Al Franken and Kirsten Gillibrand, recorded our first Country & Western single ("The Ballad of Healthcare.gov"), and revealed the astonishing true story of how America's nuns saved Obamacare.
We're sponsored by MoveOn.org. We've got a recording space and office in the heart of Capitol Hill. We're a tiny, entrepreneurial, unabashedly political, relentlessly creative team.
And we've been looking for you.
So, what's the show's big idea?
We have three.
1. Movement storytelling.
Interviews with people changing the world (activists, muckraking journalists, candidates and electeds, and regular-citizen Erin Brockovich types), in which our guests bring us behind-the-slingshot tales of how they won David vs. Goliath battles that matter. Politics, but not in the cable-TV sense of "discussing issues"—we believe in the power of
The show has to be fun: something people
to listen to, not something they feel like they merely
to listen to. Each episode features comedy—sketches, songs, ads from fake sponsors—and The Win Report, where we riff our way through the week's biggest fights for justice, with sound effects. If you're a joy-hating orc whose only source of grim satisfaction is the spreading of misery, this job may not be a good fit for you.
Organizing. Community. We want to make our audience one of the heroes of the show, by getting listeners directly involved in the fights we're covering, and then telling them the story of how they came together and had an impact. We want our listeners to feel like (and actually be) part of something bigger than themselves.
We're aiming for the intersection of This American Life (stories), the Colbert Report (opinionated news satire), and MoveOn.org (people-powered progressive activism), with some Improv Everywhere stirred in.
The heart of all of that, though, is great radio. To make
The Good Fight
great, to lift up the stories and voices of heroes fighting on the front lines of the most important issues of our time, to inspire our listeners to join them—to create a whole new way of mobilizing people to action through broadcast media, to build a movement—to do all that, we have to make a really good podcast.
That's where you come in.
Craft world-class radio stories about fights that matter.
Brainstorm. Research. Pitch. Book. Script. Edit. You’ll wield your audio editing savvy to produce stories that move people—emotionally and literally.
Package and promote.
Compile show notes, set up guest pages, draft episode descriptions, choose images, contribute to emails, and slice and dice the finished show into social-media-friendly nuggets—in short, help us turn sound waves into digital products that take the Internet by storm.
Be part of the team, whatever comes up.
This is a podcast, a radio show, a website, a startup, and, soon, a cultural and political phenomenon. There are lots of things to do, many of them impossible predict. You'll report to the Executive Producer and work closely with the host and whoever else comes on board. We challenge each other, take care of each other—and have fun along the way.
Professional experience with audio production.
Whether you’re behind the mic or in front of Adobe Audition, you’re a master of the craft. Maybe you’re a radio veteran, expertly slicing 3-hour interviews into the most key, most poignant 20 minute cut. Maybe you’re an independent producer, a savvy PRX-er who knows when to punch the music and when to fade. Or maybe you’re Clark Kent in your day job but a radio storytelling Super(wo)man by night, wielding voice, music, sound effects, and silence with otherworldly prowess. It's time to break out that cape during work hours.
At the dinner table with friends, in the grocery line with strangers, at home with your microphone: You’re a storyteller. And you're a gatherer of stories. When you read the news, you see past the newsprint and pixels and find the emotion, the drama, the unforgettable characters and wild adventures that make the world so fascinating. And when you tell those tales, your listeners are as enthralled as you are.
The world-changer virus.
Why do you listen to so many podcasts, read so many blogs, open so many emails? You don't just want to understand the world—you want to change it. You care what happens next. You care which side wins. You want to make media that matters. You're in the fight.
A growth mindset.
You're a quick study, and you live to learn. Failure inspires you to try harder; challenges rev your engine. You finish projects, you take ownership, and you love figuring out how to do things that used to stump you. (
Incidentally, read more about growth mindsets here
.) In short: you turn lemon shortages into glasses half full of lemonade.
Spread the word. And apply below.
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What radio shows or podcasts do you consume regularly?
Where do you get your news?
What's the creative or media product you made, or helped make, that best demonstrates that you're the right fit for the show? Link please!
Tell us about your role in it, and what you like about it.
What's one way we could improve The Good Fight?
Tell us about something you did to make the world a better and/or more just place.
I have experience in... (check all that apply)
Producing something else involving amplified/recorded sound
Insisting on spelling "theater" "theatre"
Doing anything where you were credited as the producer
Producing something but not getting the "producer" credit, but whatever, it's not about titles, it's about getting the job done
Being someone's assistant
Wishing you had an assistant
Booking guests for something
Calling people you don't know, for a project or job
Answering phones that lots of people are calling
Using a land line telephone
Noticing how much better land lines sound, despite all of our much-vaunted technological progress
Reflecting on the irony of it all
Audio engineering/sound design/mixing
Listening to music
Thinking you hear music in the other room but actually there's nothing
Having strong opinions about fonts
Using spreadsheets to solve math problems
Taking beautiful photos of people
Taking beautiful photos of people with a DSLR
Improving already-excellent photos of people in post-production
Performing other comedy
Doing a great Ira Glass impression
Listening to the music of Philip Glass
Wanting to try Google Glass
Having ideas for how we could use Google Glass in the show, because, yup, we have Google Glass already
Politics or campaigns
Running an organization, company, or student group
Making physical spaces beautiful and functional
Researching things quickly and writing quick summaries
Running a Twitter or Facebook account for someone other than yourself
Running a non-personal Twitter or Facebook with more than 10,000 followers
Spending way too much time on Twitter or Facebook
Refusing to be the kind of person who goes through life just checking off other people's boxes
Anything to add?
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When's the earliest you could start?
The sooner the better, FYI.
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