Researcher / Assistant Producer

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The Economist
October 21, 2019
Job Type
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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What binds us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.

The Economist is looking for an experienced assistant producer to work across Economist radio - the feature podcasts (Babbage, Money Talks, Editor’s picks, The Economist asks) and The Intelligence. The ideal candidate is organised, has great interpersonal skills and is keen to develop their production skills.

You will be working alongside producers and senior producers on daily and feature podcasts for a global audience.

The role entails:

-   Helping produce packages, organising interviews and booking guests

-   Researching story and guest ideas

-   Assisting producers with briefs and long-term bids

-   Preparing the studio for recordings, coordinating studio bookings internally

-   Locating and booking external studios

-   Finding stringers and organising mic-holds/tape syncs

-   Overseeing and improving internal administrative systems

-   Assisting Economist journalists with recording equipment, logging equipment

-   Assisting producers with publication on podcast platforms (Acast scheduling, Soundcloud logos etc)

-    Assisting with on-air diversity initiatives

-    Assisting with promotional assets for social media

The assistant producer should also be comfortable with recording in the field or the studio, and have some experience editing audio on Adobe Audition and/or Pro Tools.

Candidates should have a love of podcasting and a keen interest in current affairs.

The ability to remain calm under deadline pressure or when technology fails, attention to detail, a strong work ethic, professionalism and intra-office skills are essential.


  • Experience of working in radio/podcasts and with producers
  • Technical experience in a radio studio and dealing with ISDN lines/recording equipment
  • Experience of booking studios and guests
  • Experience of researching news stories and writing interview briefs
  • Sharp attention to detail
  • Ability to work diplomatically with a wide variety of people
  • Evidence of successful collaboration with colleagues
  • Track record of being enterprising and eager to take initiative
  • An understanding of The Economist’s distinctive style and values

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, CV and three links to your work, explaining your role in each piece to Please put the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line of the email and mention where you saw this advertisement in your cover letter.

This job is based in London. All applicants must have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom. The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.