Writer, WaitWhat

New York, United States expand job description ↓

Description

WaitWhat is a media invention company committed to the creation of highly-differentiated, premium content that is gender-balanced and diverse in its subject profiles, and boundary-breaking in its formats. Founded in 2017 by former TED execs June Cohen and Deron Triff, whose combined leadership built TED Talks from a concept to 1 billion views/listens each year, WaitWhat’s inaugural media properties include the critically acclaimed Sincerely, X, the 2018 Webby Award-winning podcast Masters of Scale, and Should This Exist, an exciting new podcast hosted by Silicon Valley investor and Internet pioneer Caterina Fake.

In everything we create, we aim to elicit contagious emotions: awe, wonder, curiosity, and mastery. From the get-to, we design our media to live across many different forms and formats (audio, video, virtual, live, print, etc.) in order to scale as thriving independent businesses.

We are a joyful startup that has closed our Series A funding in January 2019. We’re now building out a team that’s as diverse as it is creative, brought together by the desire to create amazing media experiences. We’re channeling our energy to fulfill what we believe is the greatest, often unspoken, need of our time: to feel lit up and alive. Everything we produce will have those “Wait, what?’ moments that spark your curiosity and change your understanding of the world.


We’re looking for a writer who is intellectually ambitious, creatively courageous, and passionate about sharing big, provocative ideas through the art of longform storytelling to work across our properties. This role is primarily focused on writing for audio — and this is the particular skill we’ll be searching for — but we’re open to candidates from a range of media. You must love start-up culture, feel energized by team-oriented environments, and have an all-hands-on-deck attitude. If you share our passion for exceptional storytelling and ground-breaking media formats, we would love to hear from you!

Requirements

We’re looking for a writer who is intellectually ambitious, creatively courageous, and passionate about sharing big, provocative ideas through the art of longform storytelling to work across our properties. This role is primarily focused on writing for audio — and this is the particular skill we’ll be searching for — but we’re open to candidates from a range of media. You must love start-up culture, feel energized by team-oriented environments, and have an all-hands-on-deck attitude. If you share our passion for exceptional storytelling and ground-breaking media formats, we would love to hear from you!


Duties:

  • Write episode scripts, from a gripping cold open to a suspenseful storyline that expertly weaves together narration from the host and clips from the guests
  • Pitch additional story elements — whether it’s unexpected guests, original reporting, creative sound design or music — anything that pushes the creative boundaries of the show
  • Work with the WaitWhat team to research guests and discover the untold stories of iconic entrepreneurs
  • Draft interview questions that draw out the humor, vulnerability and drama of scaling a business, creating technologies and other endeavors that can seem lifeless in other hands
  • Listen to interviews, with an ear for fantastic stories, clips and ambient sound
  • Select quotes from a wide range of interviews and arrange into a compelling episode outline
  • Match the host’s voice and the show's signature style
  • Pitch and draft creative formats for ads (Be sure to listen to the 3-Act ads in Masters of Scale, for a sense of how high we place the bar
  • Support audience engagement tactics, including show-related newsletters, social media posts, online communities, etc.


Qualifications:

  • A passionate storyteller, a creative writer and deep, analytical thinker
  • 2+ years experience in long-form writing for audio programs (Podcasts / Radio)
  • Highly organized and able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Proven critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Enthusiasm for business or tech stories is a plus. Sense of humor is a huge plus


Benefits

We will contemplate either FT or PT roles. We offer a generous benefits package that’s competitive with larger companies (We believe in taking care of our team.) We work long hours, but we also rest. (Our whole company closes for 2 weeks in the summer and the week between Christmas and the New Year, so we can recharge). We’re committed to 50/50 gender balance, and diversity of all kinds — in our media properties, among our investors and on our team: women, minorities and anyone with an unconventional background are strongly encouraged to apply. Also, we only hire extremely nice people.

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