News Producer

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WTTG/WDCA, Fox TV, Washington DC, is seeking a seasoned News Producer.

The News Producer is responsible for daily production of newscast (compile and write stories, log video, wire copy) within specific time constraints to meet news deadlines. Level of performance requires a superior command of grammar and broadcast news-writing style. Must be familiar with and able to log and edit video for inclusion on scripts.

Responsible for production of stories – everything from setting up the story, to interviews, to writing and editing features, and coordinating graphics. Research stories via telephone with city PIO (Public Information Officers), public relations organizations, etc. Responsible for editorial decisions and/or changes made in the control room while the newscast is on the air.

Communicates via IFB to provide producer direction and talent instruction to crews in the field and in studio. Collaborate with Executive Producer prior to air and during newscast about changes. Coordinate with web/social team to coordinate coverage for online and on-air. Supervise and oversee the writers assigned to the shift.

Assign writing ideas to APs. Edit AP scripts and provide feedback. Work with reporters to develop story scripts. Edit reporter scripts and provide feedback. Assign voiceovers and VO-SOTs to reporters and anchors. Via phone, and in person work with on-air staff to assist with story development and/or story support.

Use Company provided tools to make on-air graphics for stories in newscast. Work with field crews, via telephone, to manage stories, provide graphics support, video and logistical support. Download and edit video for newscasts – coordinate with ENG for Satellite feeds. Work closely with assignment desk to coordinate live shots and reporter & photographer assignments.

Maintain open communication with News Director, the news management team and all station personnel to efficiently, respectfully and professionally complete news assignments. This includes monitoring the wire service, using telephones and email. Ascertain relevant stories for inclusion in newscasts. Attend and participate in department meetings. Provide suggestions for news related stories and participate in post-production critiques.

Constantly moves throughout the station to coordinate work requirements and production. Occasionally bends stoops and crouches to arrange copy/script paper for work related functions. Constantly uses verbal, audible, and visual abilities to perform essential functions. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. Constantly operates PC to complete required news items and related materials. Requires fine motor skills.

Regularly receives and distributes information and instructions, via telephone, e-mail and memo to station personnel. Sits for extended periods in order to accomplish essential duties. Have exceptional news judgment, strong writing and copy editing abilities.

Must be able to work in fast-paced environment under specific time constraints. Must be able to think out of the box and find new ways to present information. Must be self-motivated and effectively work independently and on a team. Supervise the work of others.

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field required. Possess three (3) years of newsroom experience, preferably as a Line Producer. Two to three (2-3) years’ experience in a medium to major television market is required. Weekends, holidays and varied hours required.

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