The News Series Producer is responsible for supervising and line producing award-winning, statewide weekly television and digital news analysis programs and projects that cover critical state issues and politics with in-depth focus on impact of legislation and elections. Also responsible for coordinating with the work of the project websites. The News Series Producer will line produce other news and public affairs specials as assigned, including pre-recorded and live productions. This position assists with the management of the operations for the PBS Wisconsin news department and supervises broadcast and digital video content production and staff, provides editorial guidance, and may contribute content. This position reports to the News Director.
Bachelor’s degree in required, journalism or related field preferred.
1. Minimum 4 years of leading a broadcast video news project or programs. Experience line producing news programs.
2. Experience managing the work of a team of individuals with varying levels of experience.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in editorial decision making and ethical journalism.
4. Strong attention to detail with demonstrated excellent broadcast writing, grammar and proofreading skills. Knowledge of AP style.
5. Demonstrated ability to lead and work productively and successfully with people from diverse backgrounds.
6. Strong knowledge of Wisconsin current events, politics, and issues.
7. Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings.
1. Experience in broadcast television field reporting.
2. Understanding of, and experience with implementing best practices and production of digital journalism.
3. Experience producing in public broadcasting.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ASSIGNED PERCENTAGES
• 20% – Series produces news programs and specials, including line producing weekly series
• 10% – Assists in the development of unit focused strategic planning initiatives and objectives and assists with the management of related activities
• 20% – Provides editorial guidance, including assigning stories, editing content, and coordinating coverage with other managers
• 5% – Applies editorial judgement and maintains the industry standards of journalistic ethics and excellence
• 5% – Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
• 5% – Performs the duties of the director and represents the interests of the unit in the absence of the director
• 30% – May contribute content, including interviewing sources, writing stories and completing other necessary production tasks to create news/public affairs reports
• 5% – May manage special projects
Expected salary range for this position is mid-$60,000’s to mid-$70,000’s for highly experienced candidates who exceed the qualifications. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.
The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here: https://pbswisconsin.org/about/, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.
This position requires the ability to travel – with occasional overnights – for work. The incumbent must also be available to work weekdays, some evenings and weekends as needed, in support of news assignments.
The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
HOW TO APPLY:
For consideration please submit:
2) Letter of interest that specifically addresses how your experience meets the Minimum and Desirable Qualifications
3) One document with links to 1 journalistic video sample (with written script) and 1 writing sample that demonstrates experience leading news teams and writing/creating news issue content. Applicants moving forward in the interview process will need to submit further samples as the search progresses.
4) At least 3 professional references with titles, emails and phone numbers (including at least one supervisory reference). References will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.
Apply online at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu by 12/8/21. The job number is 245559.
Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-263-0477