The Production Assistant for Special Events will help produce live breaking news special reports. The role offers an opportunity to be a part of the biggest moments in breaking news. It also offers unique involvement in both live producing and tape producing.
As a PA with the Specials team, you will work directly with producers, senior producers and Executive Producers to assist in the production of live breaking news and long-term news projects.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assist in almost every aspect of live breaking news coverage, from preparing elements and research ahead of anticipated news, to creating and executing graphics and other elements in the control room during live broadcasts.
  • Build out iNews rundowns for Specials programming
  • Write and create lower thirds during breaking news and special coverage
  • Research, pull, and edit tape elements for broadcast, sometimes working with an editor, sometimes editing yourself.
  • Build graphic elements to support breaking news or pre-planned events.
  • Help monitor social media and web for any breaking news or long-term news stories
  • Work ahead on tape packages for big news events, from elections to state funerals to key anniversaries. This could include shooting, writing, and editing the piece.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Specials Team.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, English, History or a related field of study. 
  • 1-year of news production experience or internship related experience at the network or cable-news level. 
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with iNews

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, under tight deadline pressure, including breaking news. 
  • The ability to work overtime, as needed. 
  • Willing to work in New York, NY.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Excellent communicator – both written and verbal. 
  • Experience with NewsConnect, Avid Media Central or Avid Interplay, VizRT graphics
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop.
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to recognize and implement reprioritization of tasks
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge and interest in news and current events.
  • Demonstrated interest in graphics creation. 
  • Long-term career aspirations to be in the production/editorial space.

Job ID: 65100BR

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