This gig’s for you. Really. We’d be after it ourselves but long ago fore swore being, you know, paid for what we do:
by Eric Bangerman
Ars Technica is seeking an experienced video producer and editor (VPE) to develop and execute our distributed video and multimedia strategy. This entails not only being highly experienced in video and motion graphic software and techniques, but also the ability to manage projects while keeping multiple teams of people working simultaneously. The four main areas of responsibility are:
Editing video: The VPE will edit raw video from a variety of sources (primarily Ars writers) with varying levels of expertise and quality. The goal is to create a consistent baseline of quality in the final product and, where necessary, to work with the writers to achieve that. Examples of this work include: editing for pace, tone, and quality; following or creating a rough script or outline to turn raw video into a finished narrative; working with audio and music tracks as needed to enhance content; and maintaining consistent brand messaging with titles and graphics.
Managing people and projects: The VPE will need to handle video production but also act in the role of a producer. That will require project management and people skills. Examples of these responsibilities include keeping multiple projects moving in various stages at the same time, working with writers to develop ideas or assist with remote shooting advice and setup, and working on big-picture strategies for long-term video plans with the senior editorial staff.
Shooting video: In addition to editing other people’s video, the VPE should be capable of shooting and editing content solo, either with direction from editors or coming up with new ideas for videos. These videos should set the bar for what Ars is capable of creating and provide something for other writers to aspire to.
Ideally, the preferred candidate would live in or near New York City. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.