What does a News Producer do?

News producers take elements gathered throughout the day to compile and create an ongoing or evening newscast. They are involved in morning and afternoon meetings and with story assignments, and they build a newscast by adding components that will give flow to the program.

News producers check stories for grammar and accuracy and work closely with other members of the production department. Sometimes they will write scripts for anchors, and they are responsible for keeping in touch with on-the-ground crews who are collecting news and timing various elements during a broadcast including the weather and sports to ensure the program ends at the proper time. News producers oversee the content, production, and distribution of the news. They are responsible for the content and flow of news distribution and need a minimum bachelor's degree in media, communications, or another related field including journalism.

What responsibilities are common for News Producer jobs?
  • Responsible for the day-to-day production of newscasts.
  • Handle administrative tasks such as invoices, contracts and tear sheets.
  • Skillfully use social media and digital tools to research, discover, and distribute content.
  • Coordinate the writing and editing of scripts that incorporate video, nat sound and graphics to enhance storytelling
  • Our producers edit video and work closely with our anchors.
  • Assign daily stories and projects to reporters, anchors, photographers, and digital team and monitors the progress of story development throughout the evening.
  • Work with management team to approve all on air scripts prior to news broadcasts.
  • Boldly participate in the newsroom editorial meetings to make editorial decisions.
  • Teach, coach, and mentor the entire newsroom in best practices for writing and producing content.
  • Oversee and collaborate with Digital Content Director on editorial strategy for daily content creation and distribution across all platforms.
  • Interact with publicists to stay on top of lifestyle news.
  • Review daily newscasts to ensure QC, brand compliance, and subsequently provide feedback to all news staff.
What are the typical qualifications for News Producer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in broadcasting or journalism.
  • Solid editing and scripting abilities.
  • Be able to multitask and manage time in order to put together an exciting and informative newscast.
  • A confident, natural leader and problem solver with demonstrated critical thinking and collaboration skills.
  • Strong command of English language, experience with writing protocols, and good communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite.
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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a News Producer make?

Confident
$103,252 /yr
Total Pay
$55,006
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$48,246
 /yr

Additional Pay

$103,252

 / yr
$42K$428K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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News Producer Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
26%
2 - 4
71%
5 - 7
3%
8+
0%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Read what News Producer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Nexstar Media GroupNexstar Media Group
TV News Producer
Jan 31, 2022

“No Christmas bonuses and we don't stream our newscast (I'm in a smaller market).”

XYZ
Abc NEWS
Sep 23, 2020

“good work and life balance”

WISH-TVWISH-TV
News Producer
Aug 20, 2021

“The only pro is the good medical/dental/eye insurance.”

ABC NewsABC News
Abc NEWS
Feb 25, 2022

“Office is not nearby any metro station”

Gray TelevisionGray Television
News Producer
Jan 25, 2022

“Health insurance is not the best”

EntercomEntercom
News Producer
Jul 2, 2021

“Great people to work with”

WKTV News Channel 2WKTV News Channel 2
News Producer
Jun 8, 2020

“Great people to work with”

NPG CompaniesNPG Companies
News Producer
Feb 9, 2021

“Management isn’t the best communicators”

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