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List of News Producer Interview Questions
  1. Why did you decide to become a producer?
  2. What is your favorite part about being a news producer?
  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  4. What part of producing are your most nervous about?
  5. How do you decide what stories are most important to cover?
  6. What are your salary expectations?
  7. What is your favorite part of watching the news?
  8. Why is producing the best career path for you?
  9. What types of changes can you make to scripts to improve the quality of a newscast?
  10. What is your experience with making quick decisions?
  11. If you could start your career over again, what route would you take?
  12. Why is a job in this city/state/community the right fit for you?
  13. What is your experience leading a team?
  14. How would you describe your organizational skills?
  15. Why do you think this job is a good fit?
  16. What types of shows are your favorite to produce?
  17. What is your experience with editing video?
  18. What is your experience with the latest news formatting software?
  19. What interests in your life have lead you down the path to becoming a producer?
  20. What time of the day do you work best?
  21. What is your familiarity with this television market?
  22. How do you work under stress?
  23. How do you find new story ideas?
  24. What are your career aspirations after this job?
  25. What is your experience with social media?
  26. How will your producing improve the quality of our television station?
News Producer Information
August 18th, 2017

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.
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