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A television news producer is responsible for compiling all parts of a newscast into a rundown of the order of how the show will progress. A producer plans a list of all of the stories and news reports in order of importance and relevance to the community from top to bottom of a show, and writes scripts for anchors to read and follow throughout the newscast. A producer is responsible for editing video to include in the show, writing clear and concise scripts for anchors and reporters to read on television, and knows how to give commands to the anchors and directors to progress through the show. A producer must have advanced writing skills for television broadcasting, a command of using video, sound, and pictures to convey a story, and the ability to keep calm in breaking news and directing the television personalities in the event of last minute story updates, changes, or emergencies.
To prepare for an interview for a career in news producing, a candidate must be able to give examples of successful television broadcast shows they have produced, or give examples of shows they have assembled, including samples of their writing. A producer must be able to show that they are calm under pressure. They also must explain how and why they are able to direct a show, including giving cues to anchors, directions to directors to bring up various graphics, packages, camera angles, and live shots, especially when something goes wrong.
A potential producer also must prepare to talk about their skills as a manager to a team of people. Producers must have a command of the most pertinent stories in their television market in order to make executive decisions on what stories are most important in telling for that day. Producers must be able to discuss with a reporter or photographer where they must report on, and must be able to express to the hiring agent how they will be able to manage a team to create the most visual, engaging and interesting news show possible.