Broadcast News Producing is one of the first comprehensive texts in its field. While until now most broadcast journalism textbooks have been geared toward students who want careers on-camera, Broadcast News Producing goes behind the camera to teach students the hows and whys of putting together compelling news programs for television, radio, and the Internet. This text lays the groundwork for good producing, giving the reader an insider's perspective on newsroom structure and the producer's role. It takes students step-by-step through the producing process, providing a guide to putting together a successful newscast.

What is a Producer?

What is a Producer?
What is a producer?

Asking what a producer is or does is a little like asking “how deep is a hole?” Ask a hundred different people and you'll probably get a hundred different answers.

The short answer is that a producer does anything and everything to get a newscast on the air. They are with the newscast from beginning to end, not just the half hour or so that the newscast is on the air. Producers are involved in the editorial meetings that lay out what the newscast will eventually look like, and then they are there in the control room when the show actually goes on the air. Depending on the size of the station, this process can be extremely short and ...

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