Research Assistant, Narrative Podcast

Slate is hiring a research assistant to work on the first season of a new narrative podcast focused on American history. For this paid position, we’re looking for someone with demonstrated ability at research and fact checking. A background in audio is a plus but not a must. The research assistant will work closely with the show’s host, Josh Levin, national editor at Slate. Candidates must be available to work in Slate’s D.C. office.

Key Responsibilities

• Gather information from publications, libraries, and online databases
• Comb through audio and video archives for appropriate clips
• Identify possible storylines and characters
• Track down sources, sometimes from incomplete or outdated information


• Bachelor’s degree or comparable relevant experience
• Experience conducting a significant research project in an academic or professional setting
• An instinct for what’s interesting and relevant in a large corpus of information
• A familiarity with and enthusiasm for narrative podcasts

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please let us know. We will do what we can to meet your needs.

To apply, please send your résumé to along with a cover letter that describes, in detail, a research-based project you worked on, giving examples of the challenges you faced and the ways you tackled them. Please include “podcast research assistant” in your subject line.

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