Senior Newsroom Producer - Field

Digital Division Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Description

Summary:

AJ+ is looking for a seasoned Senior Producer to join our newsroom to take our deployment content to the next level and help develop a weekly field show for YouTube.

The Senior Producer is responsible for producing high-quality, character-driven short documentary content on a monthly basis. A successful candidate should be comfortable leading teams in the field including a shooter/editor and a producer/AP, as well as working in smaller teams or even solo depending on the nature of the story.

Position Type: 6 month contractor

Role Responsibilities

  • Pitch compelling stories in keeping in the AJ+ core agenda and of interest to a digital audience
  • Lead pre-production of assigned deployments
  • Setup and access interviews, coordinate logistics, conduct research on story, work and with shooter/editor on visual expectations
  • Lead teams in the field in the U.S. and occasionally internationally - communicating all updates on project to Executive Producer
  • Work across teams to ensure that Planning, Engagement, and Audience Development departments are constantly up to speed on the production schedule
  • Take ownership of structure of stories and write factually accurate and compelling scripts 
  • Provide social media copy to be used across various social networks for the assigned stories
  • Screen internal and external pitches and commission story ideas to be shot by freelance video journalists or staff for content that can be used to engage with digital audiences across our platforms
  • Assign stories as directed by an Executive Producer
  • Fact-check scripts
  • Champion field safety and ethical reporting practices
  • Coordinate field team travel logistics
  • Engage with audience on social media in professional manner while following network guidelines
  • Contribute editorially strong and creative ideas in meetings and discussions
  • Assess new information and react quickly to editorial developments
  • Show leadership in the development of AJ+ field processes and mentor more junior staff members 
  • Carry out duties in line with Al Jazeera editorial guidelines and ethics

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years in journalism with increasing responsibility
  • Proven track record of field production and coordination
  • Proven track record of delivering content that is successful on YouTube is preferred
  • Ability to self-shoot is preferred.

Skills

  • Excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Good non-linear video editing
  • Outstanding ability to script short documentary content
  • Ability to deploy on breaking news situations
  • Ability to produce long and short news features
  • Must have a firm grasp on how to operate the latest video and audio field equipment
  • To have a broad understanding of current global news trends and issues
  • Excellent editorial judgment of U.S. and global issues
  • A passion and commitment to the Al Jazeera spirit of journalism
  • Strong understanding of social media networks and online video consumption and audiences
  • Ability to independently manage high pressure, deadline driven projects.
  • Manage multiple tasks at the same time
  • Attention to detail is essential