Sr. Executive Producer

Spectrum News LA

Posted Feb. 19, 2018

Location: El Segundo, CA

Job status: Full-time

Spectrum Networks is looking for passionate, talented and driven individuals with an eagerness to join the best and most dedicated in gathering, producing and delivering stories that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment. Our commitment is to engage viewers with relevant and timely news that is important to the local communities we serve.

What is Spectrum Networks: Spectrum Networks is a growing organization, home of 16 Local News Channels nationwide and 3 Regional Sports Networks in the Los Angeles area. Spectrum Networks is the news and sports division of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), the leading broadband communications company and the second-largest cable operator in the United States.

The Spectrum News Environment: Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network that requires employees be flexible and available to work various shifts throughout the day, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. The network is currently focused on the morning news, which means your day will start in the middle of the night, but it also means your workday will end around noon (most days).

Spectrum Networks employees are passionate and driven, and can thrive in a competitive, fast-paced and fiercely accurate 24-hour breaking news environment. They are creative and/or highly technical with a desire to leverage their knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories that enhance daily living within our local communities. They are nimble and learn quickly, enabling themselves to pivot when new information is acquired within an ever-changing newsroom. They are team players with positive attitudes and strong interpersonal skills. They have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.

What we’re looking for: Sr Executive Producer to be responsible for all aspects of the daily production of news programming generated on their assigned shift. Directs and supervises the activities of all shift managers, producers, writers, reporters, technical staff and all other news production staff who are responsible for taking each news story from its concept to the air. This position is accountable for ensuring that the editorial and production values of news programming consistently meet Spectrum Networks standards with goal of driving viewership, growing our audience and strengthening the brand. Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

News Production
•Directly responsible for ensuring the quality of all live and taped programming on shift meets Spectrum News editorial and quality standard
•Supervises the production process and directs staff to maintain quality and ethical standards.
Leads, supervises and manages personnel on shift
•Knowledge, experience and technical capability to produce any show
•Responsible for relentless execution of newscast, and driving urgent news from discovery to delivery
•Meets with staff on a daily basis to provide feedback, guidance and advice concerning production issues, answer technical questions and resolve problems
•Keeps senior management informed on major issues dealing with the department
•Reviews content of news stories and check for errors of fact, technical errors, creative content, miscues, editorial mistakes and all elements needed to deliver quality news programming
•Leads post-newscast reviews with emphasis on positive problem solving and product improvement / critiques shows to find ways to improve them
•Continuously evaluates staff performance and gives on-going feedback for improvement
•Must continually develop and hone the technical-knowledge of newsroom to be able to work in a hands-on environment

•Supervises the editorial process, copy edits all packages, show scripts and approves the final edited version of taped stories
•Originates or approves ideas for news stories in collaboration with Senior Director of News
•Helps decide which stories are newsworthy
•Assigns work to producers
•Assists in the development their stories
•Directs reporters in the process of collecting elements for their stories
•Reads and edit news copy to ensure quality control standards with high awareness of legality, morality, accuracy, and perceptions of bias
•Directs assignment editors toward appropriate news sources and assists them in providing interview questions
•Oversee news gathering in area in ways to benefit the entire news group.
•Makes key decisions on breaking news coverage, stories and how to cover them, editorial and creative content

•Creates and executes short and long-ranged plans for staff development and professional growth, program schedules, future stories and guest bookings
•Continuously evaluates resources needed for adequate coverage and present recommendations to Senior Director of News

•Establishes operational objectives and work plans, delegates assignments
•Reviews objectives to determine success
•Involved in developing, modifying and executing company policies that affect immediate operations and may also have company-wide effect
•Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives
•Implements strategic policies when selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
•Communication and collaboration: demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills in English
•Leadership: must be proficient at inspiring staff to attain station goals of creativity, urgency and accuracy
•Interpersonal: has contact with media and general public with excellent collaboration skills and the ability to work effectively within a team environment and interact with all personnel within the organization
•Establishes and assures adherence to schedules, work plans, and performance requirements
•May assist with budgets
•Ability to communicate effectively with all levels in the organization
•Ability to think strategically and anticipate future trends, needs and expectations

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, management or related field or comparable television management work experience; 3+ years News management experience; 5+ years experience as a senior or unit producer at a news station.

Spectrum Networks believes every employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication, openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn and grow, and an overall positive attitude. Roles may require the following:
•Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time
•Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
•Varying schedule as a result of changing production, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirements
•Dexterity of hands, fingers to operate computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other compute components
•Provide 24x7, 365 days per year, on-call support. May entail phone or physical presence at the facility for equipment failure or other disasters. This includes, but is not limited to equipment and power failures, loss of contracted services, storms or severe weather, and loss of staff members
•Participate in an established on-call rotation
•Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distances
•Local travel up to X% in company car and may require additional trips