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Political Producer


KCCI-TV, the CBS affiliate in Des Moines, has an opening for a strong, take-charge producer who knows how to create memorable newscasts and is passionate about politics.  On a normal week, this producer will produce the noon newscast, produce a weekly political/affairs show and be a strong voice for politics in our editorial process. At other times, this producer will focus solely on political coverage, which might include producing candidate debates or forums, field producing at events, as well as other assignments. The right candidate will have a track record of being creative, aggressive, making decisions and communicating the plan in a clear, concise manner. We expect excellent news judgment and a can-do attitude. Candidates must be able to make politics interesting and easy to understand for all viewers and be committed to winning the big story, breaking news and weather.

Job Responsibilities:
Selecting, researching and writing content for live newscasts to make the newscast an “experience” for viewers
Working with and guiding reporters in story production
Communicating, coordinating and executing creative vision with team of anchors, reporters, meteorologists, photographers, editors, and production staff
Qualifications Requirements:
Excellent writing, spelling, grammar and copy-editing skills
Ability to multi-task and coordinate several crews and responsibilities simultaneously
An ability to summarize information into easy-to-understand components
Creative presentation style, and ability to showcase all resources and elements
Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards
Ability to remain calm under pressure
Must be available to work holidays, shifts that include nights, weekends and overnights, and flexible with schedule to be available during breaking news

Experience Requirements:
2 years producing experience
Experience in covering politics or being involved in political is a plus
Military experience in a related occupation specialty will be considered

College degree in broadcast journalism, broadcast news, or related field preferred
Military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) with associated producing experience will be considered



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