Segment Producer, MSNBC The Last Word

Posted: 5/10/2018

Location: New York, New York
Function: Production
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

Weeknights on MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell brings a unique mix of knowledge about politics and the entertainment industry to “The Last Word.” The hour-long program, produced out of 30 Rock in New York City, provides analysis of the top political developments in the news and the most talked about stories of the day.

Join The Last Word team as a segment producer and contribute to the show’s daily production by writing and researching compelling segments about the day’s biggest stories.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with Lawrence O’Donnell and senior staff on political/editorial content of nightly show
  • Produce compelling segments with urgent writing, eye-catching visuals and headline grabbing banners
  • Participate and pitch new segments in daily staff editorial and production meetings
  • Work with guests to help pinpoint the best ways in which they can enhance a segment
  • Be in the control room during live show and assure smooth on-air production of your segment
  • Participate in the digital life of your segment by writing metadata descriptions and ability to highlight headline-making snippets of segments that could play well on social media
  • Thrive in a team environment in which everyone strives to give co-workers a hand whenever needed and stay calm in pressure situations
  • When needed, field produce segments

  • Basic Qualification/ Eligibility Requirements:
    • Must have at least 5 years of experience in live television (i.e. morning shows, cable shows, broadcast TV, etc.)
    • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Political Science, History or related field
    • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, under tight deadline pressure, including breaking news
    • Must be willing to work in New York City
    • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV through to be considered

    Desired Characteristics:
    • Thorough knowledge of American politics
    • Exceptional editorial skills: Ability to recognize stories with high potential for provocative, compelling television
    • Possess ability to develop story ideas and angles, research, and plan segments
    • Write and produce segments with speed and error free in newsroom environment
    • Ability to "book" guests, and work with graphics and video elements
    • Knowledge of current events, politics and pop culture. Up to date on periodicals, including Op-Eds

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