Assistant Producer

Closing Date: 13 September 2019
Location: Glasgow

Key requirements of the role:

• Anticipate and react to the news agenda to ensure we focus on the best most memorable story ideas and treatments
• Liaise with reporters and specialists to ensure their ideas are represented and facilitated in the best way for output needs
• Drive content of the output, generating new ideas for stories/features following leads from a variety of sources
• Take the lead on breaking news stories and ensure all outlets are provided for
• Work effectively with news teams around the country to ensure the best possible coverage for STV News, both for broadcast and online
• Ensure information on future news events is gathered effectively and decisions on the future assignment of resources are taken at the appropriate time
• Collaborate with Editors to determine which news events should be covered and who should cover each events
• Monitor news wires and scanners to identify developing stories to cover
• Deploy craft crews and SNGs as required liaising with technical management to plan any extra technical needs for bigger stories
• When on longer term planning duties, deliver effective forward planning, ensuring all news programmes deliver the appropriate mix of diary and off diary coverage
• Delivery of exclusive story content that has multi-platform needs planned in form the start of the commission
• Develop a good contacts base
• Provide content to appropriate editorial and production standards for STV’s broadcast and digital channels
• Deliver effective news coverage in both live and recorded formats; ensuring story content and treatment meet the requirements of all output
• Assisting in other aspects of the work of STV as is reasonably required

Skills & Experience:

• Solid journalistic experience essential
• Strong editorial judgement
• Demonstrable newsgathering experience in TV and/or digital and social media
• A detailed knowledge of Scottish news and the current affairs agenda and the law as it affects journalism in Scotland
• An original approach to news coverage with the confidence to develop new ways of covering the news agenda on all platforms
• A detailed knowledge of online delivery of news and the convergence of our on-air programming and online/social offering
• An in-depth knowledge of the Scottish legal system and the Scottish Parliament
• A sound knowledge and understanding of a 24 hour news operation would be beneficial
• Confident communication and ability to liaise effectively with both technical and non technical teams, adopting a calm approach under pressure
• Self-motivation and strong interpersonal skills essential to build productive relationships with colleagues, internal departments and external stakeholder
• Determination and drive to succeed, overcome obstacles and to meet the demands of working in a busy news environment
• A highly developed news sense, demonstrating the ability to handle major breaking news stories, develop original news features and deliver agenda setting journalism
• Managing budgets effectively
• Ability to measure results of journalism tracking what works best and why