News Producer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers
Av Westin on the importance of the producer in television news
Lowell Bergman on working for 20/20 and the differences between reporters and producers
Jeff Fager on concerns over libel claims as a news producer: "these aren't legal issues, they're fairness issues"
Sanford Socolow on his role and Don Hewitt's role as producers of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
Robert MacNeil on editing news stories 
Who talked about this profession

Robert G. Anderson

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Robert G. Anderson on being rejected by television news stations as an on-air correspondent, and realizing he could be a producer
Robert G. Anderson on the importance of post-production on a 60 Minutes piece, and on the difference between cutting for a documentary-style piece versus a news piece: "it has to work for the ear"
Robert G. Anderson on the challenges of being a news producer, and on handling the unexpected
Robert G. Anderson on the best part of being a producer: "it's a do-gooder business"

Lowell Bergman

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Lowell Bergman on dealing with deadlines
Lowell Bergman on working for 20/20 and the differences between reporters and producers
Lowell Bergman on reporting for ABC News and dealing with media savvy subjects
Lowell Bergman on producing news stories from dangerous places
Lowell Bergman on advice to an aspiring journalist

Linda Bell Blue

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Linda Bell Blue on her management style as a producer
Linda Bell Blue on the format of  Entertainment Tonight and keeping the audience tuned in
Linda Bell Blue on how ideas go from pitch to actual story on Entertainment Tonight
Linda Bell Blue on advice to aspiring news producers

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on setting ground rules for the reporters on Meet the Press
Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on his first job as a producer on the 11 o'clock news at KPIX in San Francisco
Jeff Fager on his first job at CBS News, on the overnight news show, Nightwatch
Jeff Fager on stories he worked on as producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in London
Jeff Fager on how Don Hewitt's philosophy of news influenced him as producer of 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on producing hard news versus entertainment stories: he prefers "entertaining stories" on CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the production of 60 Minutes: pitching stories and how he approves or rejects story ideas
Jeff Fager on the process of developing stories for 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the process of editing and occasionally reshooting stories on 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on moving from producer to executive producer after having gathered enough experience in the field to be an effective editor of others' stories
Jeff Fager on being executive producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather at a time when news was becoming more sensational
Jeff Fager on the responsibility he felt in producing news stories in the wake of 9/11
Jeff Fager on bringing on younger correspondents when he became executive producer of 60 Minutes and the importance of diversity
Jeff Fager on balancing his roles as Chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes and his proudest achievements as Chairman
Jeff Fager on concerns over libel claims as a news producer: "these aren't legal issues, they're fairness issues"
Jeff Fager on the most difficult and the most exciting part about being executive producer of 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the best advice he received on producing a story, from Don Hewitt

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on what was involved with being the field producer for CBS News' coverage of Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on the most rewarding aspect of being a producer of television news, and on what represents the best of television

Lucy Jarvis

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Lucy Jarvis on what makes a good news/documentary program
Lucy Jarvis on advice to aspiring documentarians

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on editing news stories 
Robert MacNeil on the logistics of The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour and hiring staff for the show
Robert MacNeil on doing the assignments for The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour and writing his scripts
Robert MacNeil on how he goes about researching a story he's covering and his interview technique
Robert MacNeil on the difference between serious journalism and not serious journalism
Robert MacNeil on the journalist's code of ethics

Bill Monroe

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Bill Monroe on covering politics at WDSU in New Orleans, and on setting up camera in the legislature
Bill Monroe on the introduction of editorials on local news shows, like WDSU, and on their editorials on school desegregation

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on his role and Don Hewitt's role as producers of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
Sanford Socolow on not becoming Executive Producer of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite when producer Ernie Lizer stepped down
Sanford Socolow on advice to an aspiring news producer

Av Westin

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Av Westin on the importance of the producer in television news
Av Westin on advice to aspiring journalists
Av Westin on the career path he'd take if he were starting out in 2011

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on Standards and Practices he applies to television documentaries
Perry Wolff on his greatest achievement and his advice to aspiring television documentary filmmakers 
About

The successful production of each newscast is the responsibility of a producer, who in the smallest markets may double as anchor or news director. The producer must ensure that every element of the production is ready at airtime, and deal with any problems or changes while the newscast is on the air. In large news departments this involves the coordination of dozens of reporters, videographers (often also known as photojournalists or photographers), writers, feature producers, videotape editors, graphic artists, and other specialized staff. They work closely with the on-air talent--the anchors and sports and weathercasters--to develop the lineup (story order) of the newscast and write portions of the show not provided by reporters or news writers.

-Chris Paterson