News Producer



Job Overview:

Responsible for writing newscasts and production of the broadcast.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Constructs and plans a daily newscast by organizing, writing, selecting, and making creative decisions for assigned live newscast, using
    criteria established by management. Makes decisions about stories to be included, how long they should be, the form of the story (i.e. voice
    over, live remote, reporter package, etc.), and in what order they should run. Writes and rewrites stories as needed. Plans for contingencies.
  • Makes sure all aspects of the newscast are complete before the newscast airs. Plans ahead and meets deadlines so newscasts can run
    smoothly for all involved. Important aspects include completed scripts, graphic information, video lists, all necessary script times, and key
    information. Enters information for story choices and storied into the newsroom computer system. Notifies proper people of any changes or
    special situations that may come up in a timely manner (i.e. breaking news, live shots)
  • Writes and posts stories to website and other media platforms. Posts to social media. Frequently updates online stories.
  • Edits videotape for broadcast as needed.
  • Communicates frequently throughout the shift and works collaboratively with others in the newsroom including reporters, anchors,
    photographers, assignment desk staff, creative services and other producers about the newscast and any changes being made. Relays
    story and newscast instructions and information throughout the day via telephones, e-mails or other ways available. Motivates staff before
    and during newscast.
  • Responds and work well in a crisis and during breaking news. Handles last minute and unexpected changes. Communicates quickly and
    clearly to necessary staff and talent.
  • Writes clear, accurate and interesting stories. Ensures that any visuals shown are relevant, appropriate and impact. Breaks down
    complicated and involved stories so that they are easy to understand.
  • Makes decisions about the timing of a live newscast as it is being broadcast. The Producer watches the live newscast from a designated
    control room. Communicates changes to director, technical director, audio operator, graphics person, studio operators (inc. camera
    operators, floor director, teleprompter operator), videotape operator, master control operator, and anchors. Decisions about the live
    newscast are immediate and communications must be relayed clearly and timely.
  • Completes post-show paperwork and tasks including the technical trouble report and archiving.
  • Attends editorial and strategic meetings. Comes prepared to meetings and interacts professionally with others. Contributes story ideas on a
    daily basis.
  • Has a passion for news and is knowledgeable of local, national and world events. Has a handle on what is going on in the community.
  • Consults with news director, executive producer and/or assistant news director on difficult editorial issues
  • Works established schedule. Fills in for others and other positions if needed.


  • Experience producing a local television newscast preferred.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English well.
  • Able to work with others as part of a team.
  • Excellent organization and writing skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Understands when to take charge of situations when it is warranted and exhibits leadership skills when communicating with others.
  • Four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism or communications.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

EEO Statement: We are an equal opportunity employer

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