Local News Desk Senior Producer-4pm

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4pm Senior Local Producer – If you have great passion for news and innovation, this is the opportunity you have been looking for!  The E. W. Scripps Company is creating a local news program unlike anything you’ve seen before. This is not your parent’s newscast. This innovative news program, targeted at our 4pm audience, is a high-energy, up to the minute, interactive news experience. Through the power of social media and new technology, the audience weighs in and is involved in the show, real-time.  National and local content is dictated by hot trending social media, creating a platform that fully engages the audience on multiple screens.

Are you the one we’ve been looking for? If you have the energy and out-of-the-box thinking to help create a brand new format for delivering news, read on.  We are building a top-notch, creative, inventive team to run our national news desk, as well as building out new local teams to deliver the program.

The 4pm Senior Local Producer is a Local Desk position located in Southfield, MI.

Description:

The Senior Local Producer manages a local production team to oversee the production of a local news program, under the guidance of the National Supervising Producer and the Local station’s News Director. The Senior Producer ensures that the day’s broadcast adheres to the brand and style as specified, while covering stories of local and national importance to the audience. The Senior News Producer uses a keen eye for trending stories, pop culture, local and national headlines, and knows how to present those stories in an engaging and interactive way.

Duties:

  • Manages a staff of several professionals including Segment Producers, Multi-media Journalists (MMJ), Host, and Digital Producer. Management duties include staffing, onboarding, training, building an effective team, performance management, feedback and counseling, development, discipline and corrective action.
  • Crafts the daily rundown, and delegates tasks to the team in a fast-based, deadline-driven environment.
  • Stays in constant communication with Local News Director as well as the National Desk to manage workforce, as well as show content, brand and style.
  • Executes time sensitive decisions.
  • Writes the bulk of the assigned show on a daily basis.
  • Edits desktop video.
  • Uses social media as a research tool.
  • Utilizes web analytics to evaluate trends and results.
  • Posts content to the television station web sites.
  • Uses creativity, editorial judgment and working knowledge of journalistic ethics and libel laws to consistently deliver a high-quality product.

Education

Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in communication/journalism or equivalent experience

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience producing news at the local level.
  • Experience managing teams is a plus.

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication skills are critical for success as this position is a bridge between the National desk and the local news department.
  • Adaptive to new technology.
  • Able to build high-performing teams.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Exhibits a can-do attitude.
  • Proficient with social media.
  • Focused on engaging and interacting with viewers/users by way of all mediums available.
  • Working knowledge of multi-media file formats.
  • Very strong computer skills.
  • Able to post content to the television web sites.
  • This position requires a signed two year contract.          

The E.W. Scripps Company (http://www.scripps.com/) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, print and digital media brands. After approval of its acquisition of two Granite Broadcasting stations later this year, Scripps will own 21 local television stations as well as daily newspapers in 13 markets across the United States. It also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses including digital video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television programming, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the longtime steward of one of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational programs, Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1879, Scripps is focused on the stories of tomorrow.

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