Senior Planning Producer - English (Input)

English Channel London, United Kingdom


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network


The Senior Producer - Planning is divided into two categories:

The Senior Producer - Planning (Regional) is responsible for developing and implementing plans, and working with relevant field teams, for a specific region of the world, as assigned by the Head of Planning. Their role is to gather information for developing news content; through contacting reporters, interviewing people, researching news resources and mobilizing teams to shoot stories within the designated region.

The Senior Producer - Planning (Next-Day Global) is responsible for pulling together the network’s news coverage plan for the next 24 hours.

Key Responsibilities and Accountability:

  • Help shape the editorial agenda to which they have been assigned
  • Work closely with relevant regional bureaus on content ideas
  • Participate in the editorial meetings, and where needed present the daily and weekly prospects
  • Keep across all relevant diaries, agency outlooks and other forward-planning tools, and ensure teams are accredited for upcoming events in a timely fashion
  • Ensure entries on network prospects/newlogs adhere to house style
  • Interact as needed with other departments within the News division to ensure joined up coverage plans which include -where required - input from Creative, Output and Interview Producers
  • Ensure -in coordination with Bureau Producers - that cost estimations and all other logistical arrangements including travel plans for deployments are submitted in a timely fashion
  • As required, take on assignments for coordinating special coverage, which -if the coverage is global in nature -may include coordination with bureaus and planning desks outside of assigned region
  • Understand how their assigned region fits into Al Jazeera's global planning
  • Liaise closely with the daily and weekly planning desks in Doha
  • In coordination with the Executive Producer of News-gathering for the region to which they have been assigned, manage and help set the forward-planning editorial agenda for that region
  • Work closely with all bureaus to help them shape their editorial plans, and ensure these fit into the overall network planning
  • Take overall planning responsibility for stories and coverage plans in and across the assigned region
  • Assign and commission stories as required, provide feedback to bureaus on story treatments following consultation with Regional EP and with Doha
  • Compile and present the weekly regional prospects, and – with the support of the Planning Producer – implement changes, amendments and additions to the plan as required
  • Liaise and work closely with the relevant News-desk to ensure there is a consistently good workflow and communication between the team running the on-the-day news agenda and the regional planning desk
  • Within AJ Network approved policy, approve Cost Estimations for stories and escalate for higher approval as required
  • Work closely with other AJMN departments where required for assignments/deployments, including Operations and Finance
  • Where relevant, and in coordination with the EP, develop and maintain network of freelance stringers/producers/reporters in countries/cities where there is no Al Jazeera bureau presence
  • As required, help with annual evaluations/appraisals of any relevant member of staff, as assigned to them by - and following discussion with - the EP

Job Requirements / Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree in Journalism, Media, Communication or other related fields.
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience for the Sr. Planning Producer in TV news or related fields.