WCVB Channel 5, Boston’s News and Community leader and the Hearst-owned ABC affiliate, is looking for an Executive Producer for its nightly, live, half-hour news magazine program, Chronicle. Recently marking 37 years on the air as one of the Boston market’s most celebrated and award-winning programs, Chronicle is the longest running, locally produced news magazine in the nation. Premiered in January 1982, Chronicle successfully competes in the Monday to Friday 7:30 to 8pm time period against nationally syndicated entries, producing superbly crafted, substantive programs at the highest levels of journalistic and production skill, while reflecting the extraordinary diversity of the small towns and large cities of its region.
Chronicle’s founding mission was to cover in-depth a broad range of local stories not likely to be featured in the station’s newscasts --- a mixture of investigative, enterprise, and feature material that would also showcase the best videography, writing and editing on Boston television. Chronicle has evolved over the decades to embrace a rich and diverse menu of stories on the lifestyle and culture of New England.
The Executive Producer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Chronicle’s daily content creation as well as managing the program’s staff of more than 20 people including producers, on-air personnel, photo journalists, and editors. The Executive Producer is also responsible for managing all multi-media content development, all production elements, and the program’s operating budget. The applicant must be a driven and organized leader who is also an excellent storyteller with a proven track-record for writing and producing compelling, long form programming. The ideal candidate needs to have a deep knowledge of all things New England including the region’s history, politics, influencers (both well-known and less well-known), topography, and culture. The applicant should be a motivational and collaborative leader with a vision for successful multi-media content creation while incorporating the program’s signature tone and style. Additionally, the applicant must have knowledge of regulatory programming policies including content clearance rights (video, images, music, Fair Use policy, etc.), Drone usage, FCC Closed Captioning and Program Ratings rules, among others. And, the candidate should ideally have knowledge of ENPS, various Adobe software programs, social media platforms, and BitCentral's Oasis and Precis.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES…Daily duties (some shared with managing editor)
• Oversight of long-range program production, story development, and content creation.
• Oversight of story assignment to producers.
• Oversight of daily editorial content and show production
• Oversight of content creation for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media platforms that emerge
• Oversight of the preparation of a rundown and scripts
• Creating nightly format in ENPS
• Writing and overseeing the editing of nightly show open and bumps
• Oversight of the use of all our graphics resources to enhance our presentation
• Creating a daily piece for the afternoon Newscasts and a weekly segment for the Sunday morning show
• Writing anchor script for Chronicle show
• Overseeing the Chronicle podcast
• Managing the Chronicle program budget
• Coaching producers, reporters, and photojournalists
• Communicating effectively with all station staff
• Administrative duties include scheduling, performance reviews, training, and providing critical feedback
• Writing weekly program descriptions to be distributed internally and externally
• Booth producing a few evenings weekly
• Minimum of five years of management experience with significant track record of producing compelling television.
• Should have demonstrated experience in producing, writing, and ability to think visually.
• Have a deep understanding of the Boston market and Northeast region with a strong sense of audience desires
• Possess outstanding communication skills
• Ability to multi-task and coordinate several responsibilities simultaneously.
• Have knowledge of regulatory programming policies including content clearance rights (video, images, music, Fair Use policy, etc.), Drone usage, FCC Closed Captioning and Program Ratings rules, among others.
• Have knowledge of ENPS, various Adobe software programs, social media platforms, and BitCentral's Oasis and Precis.
• College degree in broadcasting, communications, production, or related field preferred.
• Military training and experience will be considered.