Job Opportunities

Digital Editor and Strategist

BackStory is seeking a Digital Editor & Strategist. This person creates and edits web content at, and coordinates the show’s ongoing efforts to engage audiences across various digital platforms, including iTunes, Soundcloud, and social media. This position requires the ability to work creatively and independently, coordinating all facets of BackStory‘s online presence and managing contributing interns. In collaboration with senior management, the Digital Editor & Strategist develops and implements action plans for growing BackStory‘s online presence, tracks audience metrics, and keeps apprised of industry best practices. This person pitches and coordinates listener engagement campaigns, working to expand audiences for the BackStorypodcast and website. S/he also serves as the primary digital point person for educators and other key constituencies, including partner organizations. Other duties include coordinating the upload of completed broadcast and podcast episodes.

Successful candidates will have experience creating, managing, and/or editing web and multimedia content (especially spoken-word audio) in a journalistic setting. Excellent writing and organizational abilities are vital, as is an active interest in and comfort with social media platforms and web-publishing tools. Experience working with digital archives in scholarly settings is a plus, and research skills in the humanities are preferred. Applicants should be creative, curious people who are able to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a deadline-driven environment.

The position will be filled by January 2016. Starting salary: $42,000-$47,000. Apply online through UVA Human Resources.


Throughout the year, BackStory will be accepting applications for two internship positions on the show. Ideal candidates will have an active interest in the field of history and in consuming — if not creating — public radio-style content. Interns can expect to leave with basic training in public radio and podcast production. Although some remote work is possible, the majority of the four-month internship will take place at BackStory’s Charlottesville, VA offices (located at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities). We intend to be as flexible as possible with scheduling, but interns will be expected to devote 8-12 hours per week to the program during the academic school year. Digital Interns are unpaid but may receive one academic credit through the University of Virginia and Research Interns will be paid hourly. We are also willing to work with other host institutions of current students to arrange for school credit for the Research Internship.

We aim to bring two interns to the BackStory team: a Digital Intern and a Research Intern.

The Digital Intern will be involved in a wide range of production tasks, with a particular emphasis on maintaining and growing the program’s social media presence and repurposing audio content for the web. He/she can expect to devote a significant portion of each week to cultivating and participating in the program’s social media presence. Other duties may involve helping to distribute and promote finished show episodes; developing and maintaining partnerships with other digital entities; organizing the program’s music library; and general administrative support. Competitive candidates will have a demonstrated strength in writing for a broad public audience, excellent organizational skills, and a thorough familiarity with a range of social media platforms and content management systems. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

The Research Intern will also be involved in a wide range of production tasks, but will take a central role in helping to develop episode topics and show segments. Because this person will serve as a key source of background material for the program’s producers and historian-hosts, applicants should be fluent in a broad range of current historical scholarship, and we welcome applications from current or recent graduate students in American history or a related field. Competitive candidates should also be able to demonstrate an ability to write clearly and compellingly for non-specialist readers, and share our commitment to making advanced scholarship relevant and accessible to a broad public audience.

All interns will have the opportunity to participate in editorial meetings, and assist with all stages of program production. Interns will receive basic training in the use of Pro Tools (the industry standard for digital audio editing), and basic studio engineering practices. Self-starters who display an interest in field reporting may also have the opportunity to report, voice, and produce stand-alone segments for the radio show.

How to Apply

Send us a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at BackStory and what you hope to gain from the experience. Application materials should be emailed to Producer Andrew Parsons at, with the subject line “Internship Application.” We also ask that you include a 1-2 page document answering the following questions:

  1. Tell us about two of your favorite BackStory segments and why you liked them.
  2. Tell us about one or two segments or shows that you think were less successful. What would you have done to make them stronger?
  3. Tell us about your “media diet.” (favorite magazines, TV shows, news sources, etc.) If you have any favorite radio shows or podcasts, we’d especially like to hear about them and why you enjoy them.
Application Deadlines

Fall/Winter Internship
Application Deadline: Aug. 28
Notification: Sept. 8
Start Date: mid-Sept.

Winter/Spring Internship
Application Deadline: Dec. 15
Notification: Jan 1
Start Date: mid-Jan.