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Become A News Producer

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Working As A News Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $80,340

    Average Salary

What Does A News Producer Do

A News Producer supervises the editorial content of the news to ensure that news stories are produced and presented to the public in a quality manner. They collaborate with the news director to select and prioritize content to make the broadcast more attractive.

How To Become A News Producer

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Real News Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive News Producer Fox Sports Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 21, 2011 $180,000
Web News Producer The New York Times Company New York, NY Sep 16, 2012 $113,558
Documentary and News Producer F.J.Productions, Inc. CA May 24, 2016 $93,850
Supervising Producer-News Programming EBRU-TV LLC Somerset, NJ Aug 03, 2015 $83,678
News Producer Fox News Channel Washington, DC Oct 01, 2009 $81,576
News Producer, Digital Al Jazeera America LLC New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $75,000
News & Special Projects Producer Media General Operations, Inc. Tampa, FL May 01, 2010 $69,141
Associate News Producer Fox News Network LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2015 $50,000
Video News Producer RTST Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2010 $48,360
News Producer Northern Broadcasting Company Glens Falls, NY Oct 01, 2011 $37,294
AM News Producer UCB USA Inc. Medford, OR Jan 01, 2011 $36,200
AM News Producer UCB USA Inc. Medford, OR Dec 01, 2010 $36,200
News Producer Paxton Media Group Inc. Paducah, KY Oct 01, 2015 $31,249

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Top Skills for A News Producer

MorningNewscastSpecialReportsVideoEditorsEditNewsStoriesStationWebsiteLiveShotsMorningShowFacebookDailyNewscastsNewsContentNoonNewsCoverageTwitterNewsProgramControlRoomAssignmentDeskNewsShowMorningNewsEveningNewscastsPM

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Top News Producer Skills

  1. Morning Newscast
  2. Special Reports
  3. Video Editors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Produced a two hour morning newscast and kept it fresh, fast paced, current and moving.
  • Prepared special reports and developed news stories by constantly exploring various sources and providing regular updates on assigned topics.
  • Assisted video editors in identifying opportunities for new content and edited copy for video pieces.
  • Analyze and edit news stories from information gathered by reporters, city officials and authorities.
  • Updated station website content including breaking news, contact information, articles and services.

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