News Producer

POSITION SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Coordinating Producer, the Producer is responsible for the visionary planning, daily editorial oversight, scriptwriting, organization and creative execution of a sports-news show that is based upon nightly sports news programming on NESN. He/She must understand, support, maintain, and help lead the company news philosophy and success narrative. He/She will interface with existing show productions to share content that is relevant for shows. The Producer will work interdependently with other staff producers on creative and editorial assignments of anchors/reporters, and production personnel, including content producers, associate producers and production assistants.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Oversee sports-news content and lead the editorial voice for NESN’s sports news shows
  • Execute all scriptwriting and creative re-writes of the nightly show scripts for quick-turnaround production
  • Routinely collaborate with NESN’s Digital Business Unit to drive content integration and editorial consistency
  • Plan show assignments, elements, and formats to be executed interdependently and seamlessly within current sports-news productions and, as appropriate, to use additional resources
  • Lead the organization and execution of content creation by multiple show-units, across several divisions, which will be integrated within shows
  • Guide junior staff’s performance and development on scriptwriting, leadership, editorial, technical and creative skills and abilities
  • Lead Associate Producers and Production Assistants to achieve high quality creative content, including writing and execution of assigned elements
  • Oversee editing and, as needed do own re-cutting of sports highlights/content on non-linear editing system
  • Work in conjunction with the Director of News, Coordinating Producer, Supervising Producers and Assignment Manager to establish production assignment schedules, run production meetings, plan ENG and live shot resources, as well as news production schedules
  • Pitch and/or write timely and creative story ideas to Coordinating Producer and other show units that will enhance the quality and production of all NESN programming
  • Assist and supervise Content Producers, Associate Producers and Production Assistants with graphical elements, video material, editorial judgment and live show execution
  • Work closely with the Coordinating Producer to ensure that overall production adheres to conceived format, procedural guidelines and NESN’s news philosophy
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the production and programming vision of the network and ensure that programs are consistent with NESN’s business strategy
  • Lead execution of interactive television & social media coverage on shows
  • Continuously improve news productions by working with production staff to conduct screenings of the telecasts for the staff and talent to review their work
  • Responsible for the necessary production judgments and for overseeing pre and post-production editing of programs and ensure re-airs remain relevant
  • Partner with Operations to identify and communicate operational needs/resources and ensure those needs are met
  • Provide routine feedback of production staff on their professional development to Director of News and Coordinating Producer
  • Work with Creative Services to identify and communicate graphic needs
  • Organize and manage meetings and conference calls related to programs as required
  • Assemble information and materials needed for the production of programs
  • Successfully perform other duties as assigned by the Director of News/Coordinating Producer

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 6+ years of experience in live sports news or sports content production is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Broadcasting, Radio/TV/Film or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Significant live studio producing and content creation experience on a sports-news show is required
  • Exceptional scriptwriting abilities with a portfolio of sports-television writing work is essential.
  • Knowledge of ENPS is preferred
  • Creative with a strong sports knowledge of major professional leagues/teams required; good understanding and knowledge of Boston sports/teams strongly preferred
  • Solid non-linear editing ability and knowledge of non-linear editing equipment is required
  • Very strong written, verbal communication and organizational skills are required
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively and interdependently in a team-oriented environment across various departments
  • A demonstrated ability to work under limited supervision in a high pressure and loosely structured environment is essential
  • Experience supervising staff on show productions
  • Strong project management experience is required
  • The ability to operate studio production equipment is required
  • Full knowledge of production equipment and inner workings of production facilities is necessary
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook is necessary
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays is required
  • Keen instincts to aggressively pursue and tell stories as news warrants

 

NESN is an E.O.E.

 

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