Producer- In Real Life

Digital Division Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Description

Brief Description:

AJ+ is looking for someone who can shoot, write, and produce entertaining and educational documentary content with RAD video editing skills – i.e. make objects fly across the screen, layer weird effects on top of each other, and pull off something akin to Ken-Burns-on-steroids. (Just watch one of our episodes and you’ll get the idea.)

In other words, you’re not just a video producer who can put together a powerful, research-rich story, but a creative visual storyteller who loves producing online content that takes viewers on an entertaining adventure as well. 

Position Type: Freelance contractual

Description:

We’re looking for a multitalented, highly creative, scrappy video producer with strong writing skills to join the In Real Life team at AJ+ and work alongside host-slash-producer Yara Elmjouie as he embarks on new adventures in the field – and hosts explainers in the studio – for upcoming seasons of the show.

At your core, you’re someone who can shoot, write, and produce entertaining and educational content with RAD video editing skills – i.e. make objects fly across the screen, layer weird effects on top of each other, and pull off something akin to Ken-Burns-on-steroids. (Just watch one of our episodes and you’ll get the idea.) In other words, you’re not just a video producer who can put together a powerful, research-rich story, but a creative visual storyteller who loves producing online content that takes viewers on an entertaining adventure as well.

You’re someone who’s comfortable writing both narrated explainers in the multicamera shoot, and editing together a storm on Adobe Premiere … but also scrubbing through hours of footage, making dozens of calls for research or to find the perfect interviewee, making cuts for Instagram, fact-checking, and filling out the occasional form (alas, every job has grunt work). But, most importantly, you’re a self-motivated go-getter with a disciplined work ethic who takes direction well, learns quickly, communicates regularly, meets deadlines, and can work collaboratively within a team to bring a larger creative vision to life.

Bonus points if you have a deep understanding of the vibrant world of long-form online video – i.e. how to make highly shareable, highly watchable video content that performs well on YouTube and Instagram. That said, we realize that not every candidate will meet every single one of these lofty requirements, so if you’re a video producer with strong writings skills and you’re passionate about our show, please still apply and tell us why we should hire you!

Role Responsibilities:

  • Pitch and develop ideas for episodes of the show
  • Write compelling scripts for documentary-style pieces or explainers
  • Contribute to editorial and creative conversations pertaining to the show
  • Edit a visual narrative on Adobe Premiere
  • Take direction from team leaders and incorporate feedback
  • Have the ability to act as primary or secondary camera
  • Handle audio recording on an as-needed basis
  • Be able to travel to locations for stories
  • Ensure AJ+ editorial, engagement, and creative standards
  • Engage with audience on social media in professional manner while following network guidelines
  • Perform other duties as requested
Skills
  • Strong video editing skills on Adobe Premiere Pro (aka: let’s talk about the craziest, most creative Premiere timelines you’ve put together. Bonus points for After Effects)
  • Avid consumer – and connoisseur – of YouTube content (aka: tell us your favorite YouTube channels and why)
  • Familiarity with shooting video on DSLRs (aka: have you ever shot in a fast-paced environment where many things are moving fast in many directions?)
  • Outstanding writing ability (aka: bonus points if you can write comedy)
  • Excellent editorial judgment (aka: journalistic ethics and fact-checking)
  • Broad understanding of news trends, issues, and quirky WTF-isms of the internet (aka: do you read Reddit?)
  • Have a passion and commitment to the Al Jazeera spirit of journalism (aka: we tell stories others do not)
  • Strong understanding of social video and online video consumption habits (aka: do you know what makes a video go viral?)
  • Excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills (aka: we all need to get along and work well together)
  • Carry out duties in line with editorial guidelines and ethics of Al Jazeera (aka: ethics, again)
  • Ability to do work under tight pressure and deadlines (aka: are you a person of your word)
Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years’ experience in creative video production/film-making/video journalism
  • Proven track record of success