A news producer is the behind the scenes quarterback of a newscast. A producer’s responsibilities include determining which stories will be covered, placing the stories in a logical order, and writing them in a short and succinct manner so viewers can easily understand them. During the newscast, producers make sure the show is on time and going as planned. Solid news judgment and excellent writing skills are critical to being a successful producer. You must also handle deadlines well. A journalism degree is helpful, but it is important that you have a well-rounded education.
(written by Jeremy Freedenberg, Producer, CBS Philly)