Timeline is seeking a YouTube producer At Timeline, we believe that history is filled with extraordinary and vibrant stories. We also believe that it’s impossible to make sense of today without understanding the people and events that came before. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to surface extraordinary accounts of the past and, in the process, change the way people think about the present. We are particularly interested in stories about the groups and communities that are often underrepresented in traditional accounts of history.
Timeline’s video team prides itself on compelling storytelling that brings new people, events and ideas to our audience, or surfaces surprising perspectives on well-known subjects. Our videos attract tens of millions of views on Facebook every month and our comments section is home to an audience that shares experiences and new story ideas.
Our favorite videos include stories about an African-American woman who rode a motorcycle across America in 1930; the controversial photographer who documented the Harlem Renaissance; and Ina May Gaskin, a natural birth pioneer.
We’re looking for an experienced video or radio storyteller to help us build a presence on YouTube. Our ideal candidate is a creative, self-motivated producer who has experience squeezing the most out of tight budgets. You should want to make history come alive, and have fun in the process. This is an opportunity to develop a style and a show — hosted, animated or something else — that takes Timeline’s brand and makes it work for YouTube.
The role will involve working closely with our Head of Video to develop our YouTube strategy and to execute Timeline’s first YouTube-specific productions. This position is for an initial four months, with the possibility of either extending the contract or transitioning to a staff role. The position offers competitive compensation, based on prior experience.
We’re open to producers with different skillsets and we know it’s unlikely that one person will have all the skills listed below. (But if you do, please apply!)
- Proven video storytelling abilities, including the ability to structure narratives, write scripts, and identify the best approaches for video. Creative, innovative ideas that work for our brand. Proven ability to help develop and evolve a media format based on feedback and available resources. Ability to work with our writers to turn text stories into YouTube videos. Willingness to wear many hats and solve problems creatively. Experience with on-camera hosting or radio/podcasting is strongly preferred. Experience with journalism, including producing and fact-checking news content, is strongly preferred. Experience producing content for YouTube. Ability to edit on Adobe Premiere is strongly preferred. Experience with animation and Adobe After Effects.
Core responsibilities will include:
- Developing and producing YouTube formats in conjunction with our Head of Video. Assisting in development of YouTube strategy. Writing scripts. Archival research. Possibly hosting on-camera, or voicing the stories. Supervising edits, or editing yourself.
If you’re excited by the chance to help us develop a new kind of journalism, and to work at a well-funded San Francisco startup during one of the most exciting periods of media innovation in history, we encourage you to apply. We’re based in a small and friendly office in San Francisco’s Design District and offer competitive salaries.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note “YouTube Producer” in the subject line and include the following:
- Résumé/CV. A short, conversational cover letter. Links to previous video work and detail about your role(s) on the project. Two pitches for Timeline video on YouTube, including a few lines about why these ideas are the best fit for our brand. Bonus: an example of a script you’ve written (either in text format or as a video).