Specialist – Media Management - Technology & Network Operations (Post-Production )

Technology & Network Operations Division Doha, Qatar


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network

Job Purpose Summary:

Specialist - Media Management requires to be in direct liaison with news and programme producers having full overview of all incoming media and media process in the program asset management system and media asset management system. He/She requires to have full knowledge of all file based workflows, servers, storages, network and video codecs.

They are required to work on the Media Management desk where they will manage the SAN - this includes the restoration of archived clips, using the deletion policy to maintain a healthy percentage of server space, the pushing and pulling of content between our broadcast centers and using the tools provided to foresee any technical issues. In additional to this they also manage the transcode and delivery of our content to other AJN channels, managing our FTP sites and the capture or transcode of requested internet content.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • You will work closely with other team members and AJN staff. You will also actively support your co-workers when they need help.
  • You will have a comprehensive knowledge of a server based news environments along with the associated hardware and software.
  • Acquisition of content: You will have a good understanding of the workflow, process and tools utilised on the media desk. Using this knowledge you will serve the needs of the newsroom and the programmes department by making sure content is clearly labeled and sent to the correct destination.
  • Management of the SAN: You will have a good understanding of our deletion policy to maintain a healthy percentage of sever space, and in a time of crisis knowing what can be deleted to free critical space.
  • Prioritising restoration requests to avoid bottlenecks and bringing the system to a standstill.
  • AJN content is required to be shared between the broadcast centers and channels - you will need to identify and deliver this content to the other broadcast centres using the intersite transfer tools. Other channels will request content to be transcoded and delivered using an FTP solution.
  • AJN’s broadcast technical standards: You will have a technical understanding of ‘Quality Control’ and the tools required to achieve this.
  • You will understand the requirement s of live studio production and provide good service and support to all media operations clients.
  • You will be conversant with all current codecs as you will be required to transcode and deliver various compressions; you will also need to keep up-to-date with any advances/changes in technology.
  • Effective Communication: Able to recognise problems early and not hesitate to communicate them to the concerned person(s).
  • Communicating Ideas: Able to offer better solutions utilising the tools that media operations has available to them.
  • Newsroom system: Able to navigate and possess a solid operational knowledge of how a news bulletin is formatted.
Job Requirements / Qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree in Media and Journalism, Communications, Broadcast Operations, or related field Diploma is highly prefered
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a technical or file based broadcast environment. A demonstrable interest in News & Current Affairs.
  • An understanding of news and current affairs and an eye for detail.
  • Technical ability within a broadcast environment
  • A demonstrable understanding video formats, servers, FTP and broadcast production
  • Fluent English speaker and able to communicate effectively both verbally and written.
  • Able to deal with competing demands and remain calm under pressure