News Producer Career

Job Description: Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

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News Producer Career

What News Producers do:

  • Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
  • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
  • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
  • Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
  • Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
  • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • Produce shows for special occasions, such as holidays or testimonials.
  • Perform management activities such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  • Determine production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management policies.
  • Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
  • Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
  • Select plays, scripts, books, or ideas to be produced.
  • Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
  • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
  • Obtain and distribute costumes, props, music, and studio equipment needed to complete productions.
  • Plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings, selecting music and directing performers.
  • Maintain knowledge of minimum wages and working conditions established by unions or associations of actors and technicians.
  • Negotiate contracts with artistic personnel, often in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.
  • Determine and direct the content of radio programming.
  • Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
  • Arrange financing for productions.

What work activities are most important?

Importance Activities

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Developing Objectives and Strategies - Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates - Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Monitoring and Controlling Resources - Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

Performing Administrative Activities - Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

Holland Code Chart for a News Producer