WHAT THEY DO: As a newsroom leader, the executive producer must demonstrate strong news judgment, be able to develop creative story ideas and work with producers and reporters to execute those plans. EPs coordinate the content and presentation of broadcasts under the direction of the managing editor and news director.
REQUIREMENTS: Executive producers have a great deal of experience in the newsroom. Usually, a 4 year degree in Journalism, Communications or related field is required along with experience in news producing and newsroom management.
WHAT THEY DO: An assignment editor is responsible for gathering bits of news and assigning reports to reporters in the newsroom. While creating a newscast is usually a team effort, assignment editors set news coverage priorities, organize the logistics of camera crews and reporters, and arrange for the various satellite feeds and live on-scene coverage.
REQUIREMENTS: This position is fairly skilled in terms of experience in a newsroom. Some stations may require specific educational background (i.e., a degree in journalism).
WHAT THEY DO: Operations managers are key players at any station. They ensure a business runs efficiently and in compliance with all pertinent rules and regulations. This is a senior-level staffer whose job is to make sure the business runs as smoothly as possible.
REQUIREMENTS: This is not an entry-level position and requires a good deal of broadcast experience, knowledge of station opoerations and higher education.