Part Time Assistant Producer - WBBM-AM
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
Primary duty is taking and editing audio from multiple sources including reporters, weather feeds and network audio feeds. AP's will place phone calls to check on news stories, to use internet and other sources to follow up or gain insight for use in reporting news stories. Additionally, answer telephones in a polite and helpful fashion. Recognize the urgency of telephone calls (immediate, routine, can wait) Answer listener questions, Screen calls from public relations firms, take messages for reporters. Refer complaints to management; take in detailed news tips and forward immediately to the desk. Call back people you have offered to help.
MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A college degree, with a concentration in broadcast journalism is preferred. Hands-on internships or experience at a college radio station is required. Must be familiar with digital audio editing techniques.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILL REQUIREMENTS: Must follow news on a regular basis, have a working knowledge of the basic facts of topical news stories and demonstrate 'news judgement'. Assistant producers must be familiar with digital audio editing techniques. Must be familiar with basic technical standards including level noise and clarity of sound. Must be able to write clearly and juggle multiple priorities in a fast paced environment.
COMPLEXITY OF WORK: The work of assistant producers is very routine, but the sheer volume of work and competing priorities may be daunting for new employees. Must have the capcity to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. There is a high volume of work and AP's are required to prioritize tasks. Much of work must be performed on very short deadlines. There is a low tolerance for errors. Answering listener inquires may require determination and ingenuity.
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS: Assistant producers take much of their direction from the editor on the desk, who helps determine priorities for audio to be used on the air. Assistant producers work closely with editors, writers, reporters and anchors. When answering the phone, assistant producers represent the radio station to listeners and callers, and a must project a professional and unhurried image to callers.
DECISION-MAKING FOR RESULTS: The work of the assistant producers is highly structured and subject to constant review.