[please note this is an example job role and not a live vacancy]
What does an Editor do?
They use their skills, contacts and expertise as an established producer and editorial leader to develop and produce (or executive-produce as required) projects for a range of radio networks, commercial clients and others.
They are asked to have a comprehensive understanding of who pays for radio programmes and what ideas would interest them – this includes spotting ideas and types of programmes that the stations doesn’t currently broadcast but which might get them a good audience. They need to have an active interest in all types of audio content – scripted (where there is a written script which the programme presenters follow) and non-scripted (where the programme is more conversational, with no written script).
This role is designed for working with an independent audio production company, but similar roles exist within radio broadcasting.
Specific Responsibilities can include:
● Developing and producing/ exec producing projects for a variety of clients, including management of the production team on each project
● Offering leadership on pitching (presenting), generating and developing ideas; drawing on expertise and contacts to pull together high quality documents; presenting compelling written and audiovisual materials (e.g. a short video)
● Working collaboratively and sharing experience to generate and nurture ideas with colleagues
● Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards
● Keeping up to date with the latest industry developments in order to identify potential opportunities to make new programmes
● Leading creative sessions to come up with programme ideas
● Maintaining strong relationships with key clients, for whom the company makes programmes
● Makes key editorial decisions
What makes a good Audio Production Editor?
● Strong communicator, both written and verbal
● Excellent organisational skills
● Good at multi-tasking and prioritising
● Work well under pressure
● Display the highest standards of production, research and editing skills
● Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
● Experience of writing successful pitch documents
● Ability to identify potential opportunities
● Strong editorial judgement
For information about other roles, go to careers in audio production.