KSPR, the ABC affiliate in beautiful Springfield, MO is looking for a dynamic, energetic television news producer. The right employee will oversee the overall direction of the newscast including pre-production, graphics, content and writing. We love creative producers who don’t just stack and write a newscast, but showcase each story. Must bring story ideas to the table daily and be able to write excellent conversational stories. It is essential that you be able to maintain a level of calm and make quick decisions in intense pressure situations. KSPR has won more than 140 awards in the last few years, including the regional and national Murrow for best newscast. We try to stay on top of technology with automated newscasts, iPads instead of scripts, and the ability to have at least eight live shots in the newscast. We have a Storyteller monitor that helps producers be as creative as they want with showcasing each story and team coverage. The best candidate will use video and sound that makes the first minute of the newscast rock, work with reporters to develop demonstrative live shots and write teases that will make sure no one turns the channel. You should have a passion for news and a love of producing to apply for this job. We’re looking for someone who has some editing experience as well, and is willing to work different schedules including weekends, nights, overnights and/or holidays. We would like someone with 1-2 years of local television news experience. A college degree in journalism or a related field is required. Apply here.
Essential Duties / Responsibilities
• Prioritize, organize, and produce newscasts following the station brand and goals • Responsible for writing clearly, concisely and very conversationally • Must maintain working knowledge of current events, community issues, and extensive list of local contacts • Must come to morning/afternoon meetings with enterprise story ideas each day • Accurate video editing with an eye for visual elements and graphics that makes stories understandable to the viewer • Responsible for developing original story ideas for daily newscasts • Special emphasis on working with reporters on story treatment, and be able to accurately gather information for news stories under pressure • Act as a leader in facilitating teamwork of staff members working on your specific newscast • Able to accurately and calmly handle decision-making process, especially in the control room • Must possess excellent communication and organizational abilities, including working with the News Director to ensure story accuracy, and to determine the best presentation of reports • Responsible for creating a unique approach to all digital elements for the news department, including: Facebook page, Twitter, website • Copy/edit stories on the Web site while checking newscast scripts • Must be willing to work flexible hours, including evening, weekends, and holidays as needed • Work well with co-workers, especially the News Director • Must create “Anchor moments” in newscasts, do break-outs of stories with reporters • Must post additional content (stories, links, video, polls, etc.) to the web and/or Facebook daily • Make regular beat checks • Work nights, weekends, and holidays as needed • Performs other incidental and related duties as assigned and attention to detail is required • Must train on adding breaking news and other stories to kspr.com, our social media pages, and learn to send out breaking news alerts
Skills / Qualifications
• Can take charge in the newsroom to lead the team for your newscast and take charge in the control room when timing newscasts to add and quickly write breaking news. • Strong initiative and attention to detail • Be able to write clearly and accurately; great grammar • Able to work well under sometimes intense pressure and tight deadlines • Ability to maintain professional and ethical conduct at the station and in the community • Ability to work with limited supervision • Must possess excellent interview and conversational writing skills • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving in a manner that will work well with co-workers, supervisors and viewers • Ability to keep up with national and local news/weather is required • Ability to enterprise local hard-news stories is required • Computer knowledge, including newsroom software, Microsoft applications and Internet use • Produce newscasts including: stacking, writing scripts, editing copy, ordering graphics to fit stories, making maps, coordinating live shots with directors, production staff, reporters & photographers • Edit video and audio on industry standard equipment • Demonstrate solid news judgment and journalistic ethics • Must possess web writing skills and basic knowledge of web posting software • Basic knowledge of social media • Ability to break-out stories with extensive anchor tags • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving in a manner that will work well with co-workers, supervisors, and customers • Must enterprise hard-news, research-based stories at daily news meetings • Stay current with national and local news/weather • Must have the desire to be at work during big breaking news, weather coverage and special event coverage WORKING CONDITIONS: • Duties are performed mostly indoors in an office environment. • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to stand, walk, talk, hear, use hands and fingers, reach, grab, handle or feel, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Regularly sit, talk, and hear. • Some nights, overnights, weekends and holidays may be required.