Host

City Cast is building a network of one-of-a-kind, daily local news podcasts in cities around the country. We’re seeking contagiously curious, energetic, city and news enthusiasts to serve as Hosts for each City Cast pod. Hosts will be the voice, face, and sensibility of the podcast in their city. In this role, you would be THE person who helps residents of your city understand what matters locally and why. 

 

Who are you? You have an insatiable appetite for your city’s politics, culture, economy, sports, and people. You love to ask questions and you’re good at it— because you’re genuinely interested.  Maybe you have a journalism background—or maybe you’re a former musician / writer / fashionista / restaurateur. Whatever you’ve been up to, you’re looking for a new way of expressing your love, frustration, and fascination about your city and the people who live in it.

Key Responsibilities

  • Host a podcast about your city every weekday.
  • Serve as the voice, face, and chief curious person for your City Cast, and by extension, your city.
  • Conduct thoughtful, empathetic interviews of your city’s top newsmakers and influencers, and record promos and sponsor messages as needed.
  • Exude style, substance, and personality in each episode. You won’t be an “announcer” but rather a deeply engaged interviewer and talker with an authentic presence and strong point of view.
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Producer to pick topics, decide guests, and write questions and scripts.
  • Act as a powerful evangelist for the show, the city, and the principles of local journalism.
  • Represent City Cast publicly at live and virtual events as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Curiosity, above all. Journalism experience is extremely valuable but not essential. We’re open to curious people who understand and abide by journalistic principles, and who ask good, meaningful questions.

  • Fresh, distinctive perspective and a compelling style. You are a tastemaker, whether you know it or not.

  • Passion for your city—whether it manifests as devotion, frustration, fury, criticism, or all of the above.

  • A voracious appetite for news and information about your community and the broader world.

  • Strong written, verbal, and social communication skills.

  • Proven ability to make challenging decisions collaboratively and calmly under pressure.

  • Excitement about working at a startup and enthusiasm for City Cast’s mission of informing and engaging your community.

  • Preferably:

    • 5+ years experience in journalism or related field;

    • 5+ years experience in a public-facing role (host, performer, etc.)

    • Some experience with audio interviewing and editing.

This position is full-time, with competitive salary and benefits, and will be located in the city where your local City Cast is produced. City Cast is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

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