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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

  • $62,728

    Average Salary

What Does A News Producer Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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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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News Producer Career Paths

News Producer
Producer Production Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Communications Manager Senior Copywriter
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Executive Producer Communications Director
Chief Communications Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Communications Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Senior Copywriter Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Account Executive General Sales Manager
Director Of New Media
5 Yearsyrs
News Director Program Director Deputy Director
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Marketing Director Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
News Director Managing Editor Marketing Coordinator
Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing And Communication Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Managing Editor Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Coordinator Media Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Senior Editor Producer
Producer/Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Senior Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Creative Director Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Writer And Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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News Producer Demographics

Gender

Female

57.8%

Male

40.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

10.4%

Chinese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Hebrew

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Greek

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Filipino

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

German

0.9%

Igbo

0.9%

Hawaiian

0.9%

Yoruba

0.9%

Korean

0.9%
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News Producer Education

Schools

University of Missouri - Columbia

8.4%

Michigan State University

7.9%

Missouri State University

6.4%

Syracuse University

5.9%

University of Florida

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Northern Illinois University

5.4%

University of North Texas

4.9%

Northwestern University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Temple University

4.4%

Central Michigan University

4.4%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

Illinois State University

3.9%

University of Iowa

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Washington State University

3.9%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.9%

American University

3.9%

San Francisco State University

3.4%
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Majors

Journalism

33.9%

Communication

31.9%

Agricultural Public Services

3.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.5%

Political Science

3.2%

Photography

2.7%

English

2.6%

Digital Media

2.5%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.3%

Business

2.2%

Public Relations

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Management

1.1%

Writing

1.0%

Law

1.0%

Electrical Engineering

0.8%

Nursing

0.6%

Education

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

69.0%

Masters

16.6%

Other

9.7%

Certificate

1.3%

Associate

1.3%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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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

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  1. Morning Show
  2. News Stories
  3. Reporter Stories
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  • Lead produced 5:30pm and 10pm newscasts, graduating to lead producing morning show and noon newscast, at this ABC affiliate.
  • Line produce during breaking news stories including: severe weather, bridge collapse, gas tanker fire, and police chases.
  • Managed crews and assisted in assigning/developing reporter stories.
  • Assisted video editors in identifying opportunities for new content and edited copy for video pieces.
  • Monitor station website for accuracy.

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