Full Time - Entry or Early Career Level (Specialist, Coordinator, Associate, Interns)
The Texas Tribune is hiring an audience producer to work on the Tribune’s audience team — either in an early or evening shift — to help the Tribune own news moments wherever readers are discussing them online.
We’re looking for someone who is obsessed with the news. You know what to share, and what not to share — especially when a sketchy story flies across your Twitter feed. You’re someone who can take an obscure policy development and explain why it matters in 280 characters or less. You know how to humanize policy issues for social readers. You translate wonky investigations into viral tweetstorms. You have an eye for shareable headlines, strong quotes and eyebrow-raising data points. You know a good lede is not necessarily good Facebook copy, a good headline is not necessarily a good Tweet and a good lead image is not necessarily a good Instagram post. You like talking to readers, answering their questions and taking constructive feedback. You work well with others and are comfortable prioritizing inbound requests from multiple different teams. You know how to draft subject lines and write newsletters that ensure an email audience is kept up to date on the most important Texas policy and politics news.
We have an excellent marketing team — and this is not a marketing position. Our audience producer is a journalist who uses our social feeds to write, edit and report the news to different audiences with different needs. The Texas Tribune does important journalism. Our audience team helps our team ensure that journalism is read.
This role reports to the Off-Platform Editor.
The salary for this position starts at $55,000 + depending on qualifications.
Your responsibilities include
Posting on our social accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Responding to readers and moderating comments on the website and across platforms
Creating graphics, GIFs, quote cards and other share cards
Streaming live video to social media
Occasional night and weekend work, especially around major news events
BA/BS degree and 2+ years of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in your student newsrooms or college internship counts towards this.
A comprehensive knowledge of Texas news and politics
Prior experience working in a fast-paced dynamic newsroom on deadlines or in breaking news situations
Experience increasing reach and engagement at a news organization
Expert-level experience with tools like Crowdtangle, Google Analytics and social media management applications like Sprout Social, Hootsuite or Buffer (we use Sprout Social)
Experience editing multimedia, including social images and video clips.
We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
About The Texas Tribune
Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious as all get out but still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We believe we can meet the demands of our audience and our own expectations for excellence without breaking the bank — or our staff. We understand not everything is a story for us — we have to make choices — but we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.
All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. This position is based in Austin. We have colleagues in the organization that come into the office on a regular basis and colleagues that are based in various cities throughout the United States.
This job is full time and has the following benefits:
Medical, vision and dental insurance
A cellphone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
Support for professional training and attending industry conferences
Remote working flexibility
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
How to Apply
Click here to submit your application by August 20 with a resume and cover letter. We can't wait to hear from you.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Starting at $55,000 + depending on qualifications.
About The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
The Tribune, which has the largest statehouse news bureau in the United States, covers a full range of topics including public and higher education, health care, immigration, criminal justice, energy, poverty, the environment, water, transportation — pretty much every line in the state budget. We also cover the major candidates and campaigns for office, though we train our sights less on the candidates than the issues. To further our pursuit of statewide engagement, we provide all of our content, for free, to print, radio and television news organizations throughout the state, and nationally in partnership with The Washington Post.
The Tribune has become an authoritative source for providing user-friendly databases of public information in Texas. Our reporters and software engineers collaborate to present a full picture for readers, giving them the tools to be more thoughtful, productive and engaged citizens. Examples include our government salaries database, U.S. Senate fund...raising tracker, analysis of state demographics and a look at the capacity of shelters for migrant children.
Each year we host 50-plus on-the-record, open-to-the-public live events — on college campuses, in community centers and everywhere in between — at which public officials, policy wonks and newsmakers answer for the work they’re doing and how they’re spending your tax dollars. Events are often available via livestream video, for those who can’t attend in person, and following the conversation we publish and archive video online. Our signature annual event, The Texas Tribune Festival, attracts thousands of attendees to downtown Austin to learn about Texas’ biggest challenges and to engage in thoughtful discussion about their respective solutions. Decision-makers, industry leaders and community activists from near and far come to take part in this three-day event.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Texas Tribune is supported by individual contributions and membership (click here to join), major gifts, corporate sponsorships, events and foundation grants. A complete list of the Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.