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PRX Seeks Social Media Curator for Public Media Election Collaboration 2008

PRX Seeks Social Media Curator for Public Media Election Collaboration 2008

Position is available now and we are prioritizing applicants who can start immediately.

[UPDATE FEB 1, 2008: These positions have now been filled]

NOTE: We are also hiring for an Campaign Audio Curator position listed here.

Apply for this position online (but please read this description first):
http://www.jotform.com/form/73575827677 

What’s the story?

The Social Media Curator will work with PRX as part of a CPB-funded public media collaboration to find, select, annotate, and promote citizen media and “user-generated content” from blogs, YouTube, podcasts and other sources. Selected content will be showcased on local and national public media websites.

The collaboration as a whole seeks to pool the editorial and technical resources of a consortium of public media organizations, including NPR, PBS NewsHour, PRX, American Public Media, Public Radio International and other partners and local stations. The collaboration will encompass a variety of online and on-air projects aimed at increasing public engagement during the election year.

Read the press release about the collaboration here.

The Social Media Curator position is project-based, starts immediately and runs through December 2008. It is expected to be a full-time commitment during the course of the contract. Fee is $40,000-55,000 depending on experience and start date.

What does the Curator do?

* assemble a focused collection of user-generated audio, video, photos and text about the election and related issues;
* recruit and oversee additional part-time station-based and partner curators who will help find and select relevant material;
* develop and articulate criteria for content selection, metrics and benchmarks for project tracking;
* lead collaboration with other project partners and participating in the internal “Knowledge Network” for project coordination;
* maintain a public project blog chronicling the process;
* other tasks as assigned, coordinated with PRX staff and collaboration partners.

Who are we looking for?

* Someone passionate but also discriminating about social media, fluent in “web 2.0″ and a super user of tools like del.icio.us, RSS, Flickr, YouTube, widgets, and blogs.
* A keen observer of electoral politics, Campaign ’08, people, issues, institutions, and platforms across the political spectrum.
* An organized and open-minded individual who is ready to have some fun with this project but with an eye on the bigger picture.
* The project can be managed virtually but there is a preference for a Boston area curator in order to work closely with the Harvard Square-based PRX team in person.

What’s the point?

Public media has a unique opportunity to cover Campaign 2008 and elevate public engagement around critical issues at stake nationally and locally.

The democratization of the tools for creating and distributing media has resulted in an explosion of conversation, connection and content. This in turn creates a critical need for ways to sift, filter and find value amidst irrelevant or even harmful expression.

One important role is to use public media’s presence and journalistic values to showcase and highlight examples of the diverse range of content and conversation already taking place online.

While the CNN/YouTube debates are the highest profile attempt so far to incorporate participatory media into coverage of Campaign 2008, there are few focused efforts to help audiences navigate the growing ocean of “user-generated content” to find relevant, important and revealing voices and perspectives.

This social media curating project is an experiment to explore approaches to this task, in the context of a critical national moment of a presidential election.

PRX Seeks Campaign Audio Curator for Public Media Election Collaboration 2008

PRX Seeks Campaign Audio Curator for Public Media Election Collaboration 2008
[UPDATE FEB 1, 2008: These positions have now been filled]

Position is available now and we are prioritizing applicants who can start immediately.

NOTE: We are also hiring for a Social Media Curator position listed here.

Apply for this position online (but please read this description first):
http://www.jotform.com/form/80063402318 

What’s the story?

The Campaign Audio Curator will work with PRX as part of a CPB funded public media collaboration to find, select, annotate, and promote public radio and other audio material on Campaign ’08 and related issues. Selected works can include produced pieces, interviews, raw audio from campaign appearances, issue-based and local or regional stories that can be edited or excerpted for re-use by stations and other project partners. The initial collection is underway and located here: http://www.prx.org/articles/905 

Read the press release about the collaboration here.

The collaboration as a whole seeks to pool the editorial and technical resources of a consortium of public media organizations, including NPR, PBS NewsHour, PRX, American Public Media, Public Radio International and other partners and local stations. The collaboration will encompass a variety of online and on-air projects aimed at increasing public engagement during the election year.

The Campaign Audio Curator position is project-based, starts immediately and runs through December 2008. It is expected to be a full-time commitment during the course of the contract. Fee is $40,000-55,000 depending on experience and start date.

What does the Curator do?

* assemble an authoritative, diverse, and well-organized collection of radio and audio works about Campaign ’08 and related issues, personalities, and events on national, regional and local level;
* develop and articulate criteria for content selection, metrics and benchmarks for project tracking;
* work with public radio stations, independent producers, national shows, networks, podcasters, and other sources to identify and upload audio works to the PRX Campaign ’08 collection;
* lead collaboration with other project partners and participating in the internal “Knowledge Network” for project coordination;
* maintain a public project blog chronicling the process;
* other tasks as assigned, coordinated with PRX staff and collaboration partners.

Who are we looking for?

* A political junkie with public radio experience, strong editorial judgment and an ability to manage lots of content.
* Some who can work quickly and competitively to lead and inspire stations and producers so that this collection has the most timely audio and the long-tail value of a curated archive.
* A keen observer of electoral politics, Campaign ’08, people, issues, institutions, and platforms across the political spectrum.
* An organized and open-minded individual who is ready to have some fun with this project but with an eye on the bigger picture.
* The project can be managed virtually but there is a preference for a Boston area curator in order to work closely with the Harvard Square-based PRX team in person.

What’s the point?

Public media has a unique opportunity to cover Campaign 2008 and elevate public engagement around critical issues at stake nationally and locally.

This project will help bubble up stories that otherwise might get lost in the shuffle, create an collection for timely use during the campaign season as well as a helpful archive for further evergreen and “long tail” opportunities in the future.

With the proliferation of audio on-air and online there’s a critical role to play in sifting, sorting, curating and promoting the best of what’s available. The PRX campaign collection will be a vital resource for stations, partners and the public.

PRX Seeks Administrative Associate

We Are
The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) a Cambridge Massachusetts based nonprofit service for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. PRX is also a growing social network and community of over 30,000 producers, stations and listeners collaborating to reshape public radio.

You can check us out at http://www.prx.org and
http://about.prx.org.

You Are
Someone awesome, interested in supporting our office operations and web-based services, including first point of contact for user help requests. Exceptional communication skills are a must (would you call it “Iraq” or “the Iraq”?), as well as the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently, excellent judgment, comfort juggling tasks from the mundane to the more strategic, and the ability to work productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

You should be computer and Internet savvy, self-motivated, problem-solving, detail-oriented and results-driven. We’ll need you to learn quickly and participate actively in a growing, entrepreneurial venture. You should be a self-starter who can take initiative and anticipate the needs of a small staff serving a diverse community of radio producers and stations.

Responsibilities and Duties
Primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide phone and email help/support to PRX members and general inquiries.
  • Coordinate response to user issues and requests with technical and other staff.
  • Help represent user needs in site design and strategy discussions.
  • Maintain and update online help documentation.
  • Coordinate meetings, events and travel, including planning and preparation for industry conferences.
  • Assist in preparation and distribution of reports, memos, newsletters.
  • Provide project and editorial support as needed.
  • Provide general office support, including incoming/outgoing mail, supplies and print projects, office equipment support.
  • Perform ongoing content and performance QA for PRX sites and services.
  • Occasional travel to industry conferences/events may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • BA/BS degree

    • Minimum 2 years relevant work experience.
    • Interest and experience in using technology and the Internet.
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented with the ability to handle multiple priorities.
    • Comfort with technology and web-based services and the ability to troubleshoot common technical challenges.
    • Excellent phone and email etiquette.
    • Interest in public radio, media and mission-driven nonprofit service.
    • Familiarity with PRX.org a plus.
    • A sense of fun and passion for the potential of the web and new media.

    This position is full time and pays $28-30,000 per year (based on experience/qualifications) plus benefits.

    PRX is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We’re located in an elevator accessible non-smoking building in the heart of Harvard Square, Cambridge MA.

    Interested candidates please fill out the online application here.

    Deadline for applications is Friday, September 28 2007.