Five essential skills for a newscast producer

If you want a job in television news, be a producer.  At any given time, more than 20 percent of all the job ads posted by TV news outlets are for producers, but just a tiny fraction of journalism graduates have any producing experience at all. Madi Van Zile is one of the exceptions.  She …

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Creating stronger audio for your TV stories

Turns out you can learn a lot about creating better TV stories from a guy who focuses on audio.  Adam Ragusea teaches at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism and hosts a podcast called The Pub.  He presented at the Excellence in Journalism Conference on a topic he wrote about for Current.org — “Why You’re …

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Behind the scenes in TV news

Producers, assignment managers, directors–viewers don’t see what they do but TV news couldn’t exist without them. San Francisco station KRON has decided to share The Backstory in a six-part series, taking viewers behind the scenes. “There is something naturally compelling about a newsroom and what it takes to gather news every day,” says general manager Ashley …

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6 ideas for better newscasts from a Murrow Award winner

Lisa Leko is a producer at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Last year, the station won an Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast among stations in small markets.  Leko recently took part in an RTDNA-sponsored webinar on what makes a newscast worthy of a Murrow, and we think you’ll find that her six pieces of …

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Getting on-air when you’re hired behind the scenes

It’s a dilemma faced by many on the hunt for a reporting or anchoring job.  Do you take an off-air position as a producer or work on the website to get your foot in the door?  Or do you reject any opportunity that doesn’t involve doing your dream job? Talent coach Nick Dalley says there …

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5 things I wish I knew when I started my TV news producer career

One of the most popular pieces on the Fast Company website right now offers up nine pieces of advice for someone just getting started in a career.  It’s worth the read if you’re a recent grad looking for work or are relatively new on the job. Now, if that job you’re seeking is that of …

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4 surefire tips for more effective TV writing

Reporters usually get all the credit for great broadcast writing, but if you consider the amount of writing TV producers do in a single day, you’ll understand why we thought WXII-TV’s Executive Producer Brian Neal might have some good advice after years of writing and editing scripts in the Winston-Salem market. 1. Keep it short. …

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Station says shorter stories serve audience better

At WXII-12 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the newsroom has been rethinking the way it delivers news to viewers on air, now that so many are consuming content on smartphones. “The biggest change I would say from when I started in 2000 is the ability of people to get news and information now; it comes so quickly …

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