Description: Job Title - News Producer
Responsible for the coordinated production of regularly scheduled newscasts. Utilizes creative, editorial, administrative and executive judgment to direct News Department and Station support staff in the production of compelling News programming. May be responsible for other aspects of the overall news department operation on an ancillary basis.
II. Essential Job Functions
Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results
25% Formats and provides sequential orders of stories for newscasts utilizing editorial judgment. Coordinates news, sports and weather segments; determines segment length, story length and general content; uses editorial judgment in recommending and producing special segments which may depart from regular formats. Maintains responsibility for all newscast timing.
25% Works closely with Assignments Editor. May assign coverage, provide direction to Reporters/Photographers on certain stories and determine story lengths. Assigns stories to copy writers/editors with time and editorial content parameters. Reads and approves all news cast copy for acceptance; i.e objectivity, clarity, legal liability, story length and continuity with other aspects of the overall format. Screens and provides visual editing direction in instances of sensitive video. Contributes directly in the performance appraisals, of Writers and Production Assistants by written critiques.
25% Coordinates graphics selection and use of special video effects; formats and produces live shots, often under extreme competitive and logistical pressure (must maintain composure and leadership under pressure); provides editorial updates and on-air story content cues to Anchorpersons during live, breaking story coverage. Works closely with newscast director trouble shooting and solving production problems.
15% In the absence or unavailability of senior news and station management provides overall newsroom operational staff management and supervision (early morning, late evening, weekends); initiates (e.g. rolling ENG, SNG trucks, assigning the helicopter, chartering aircraft and dispatching reporter/photographer teams, field producers, editors, etc.), coverage resources on breaking stories; determines news bulletin preemptions of local/network programming.
10% May be responsible for additional operational/administrative functions as assigned. Builds newscast; determines story order according to stringent time restrictions; combines all elements (sports, weather, etc.) into news breakdown sheet. Regularly performs writer/editor functions. Works closely with Director in trouble shooting and solving production problems.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field, or equivalent training and/or experience.
Three years of experience as a news producer in a top 20 market
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Newsroom computer systems
Must be able to supervise, coach and motivate staff.
% Travel Required (Approximate): 10%