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Become A Writer/Producer

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Working As A Writer/Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $36,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Writer/Producer Do

A Writer/Producer develops and coordinates various aspects of radio and television production. They work with the director, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.

How To Become A Writer/Producer

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.

Education

Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.

Advancement

After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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Real Writer/Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Writer/Producer, Latin America Turner Broadcasting System Latin America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 20, 2014 $52,125 -
$72,600
Writer/Producer Miami Teleproduction Group Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2009 $50,000
Writer/Producer Miami Teleproduction Group Inc. Coral Gables, FL Oct 01, 2009 $50,000
Writer/Producer Zazoom LLC New York, NY Apr 06, 2015 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Writer/Producer

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Top Writer/Producer Skills

  1. TV
  2. On-Air Promos
  3. Web Series
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated and planned different TV show ideas, themes, and set ups
  • Developed original concepts, scripts and drove production of on-air promos that reflected the Comedy Central brand.
  • Produced several web series for Yahoo!
  • Collaborate with editors, graphic designers, audio engineers and fellow writers/producers.
  • Produced entertainment and feature packages for prime time programs Backstage and Nitebeat.

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