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Produced live at GBH Studios in Boston, Basic Black is the longest-running program on public television focusing on the interests of people of color. The show, originally called Say Brother, was created in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs to reflect the concerns of communities of color. Each episode features a panel discussion across geographic borders and generational lines with the most current and engaging stories, interviews, and commentaries. Basic Black received the prestigious Governors' Award in 2020 from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter, its highest honor.
Basic Black is currently seeking an Associate Producer. In this position, you will have the opportunity to be an integral part of the production of the program. We’re looking for someone that has worked on commercial or non-commercial television programs and knows their way around television production from start to finish. If you have worked on a live television broadcast program that is a plus, along with knowledge and experience working in a multi-platform format and adept at understanding digital platforms. You’ll dive into researching topics and stories that impact communities of color. Plus, you will have the opportunity to book/find potential guests and experts from the Greater Boston area and beyond to bring thought - provoking topics and stories to a weekly television program that is also streamed live on the web.
We’re looking for someone who is a critical thinker, someone who is curious and excited about subjects and issues on a variety of topics that relates to communities of color. The person must also possess the ability think of ways to execute those ideas.
The Associate Producer may also be tasked with working on other GBH News productions.
Ability to research stories and topics that can be used for potential upcoming shows; help identify and secure potential guests; ability to gather research for the host in advance to prepare for the program.
Social media/digitally savvy. Must possess the ability to post interesting elements onto the show’s social media, assist with digital live streaming as well as upload the show onto the show digital media sites – Facebook, You Tube, Instagram and website.
Search, find and log video or stills that could enhance weekly program topic; prepare lower-third/chyron/font credits; knowledge of licensing and clearing video and stills for broadcast and digital.
Manage and coordinate craft service for weekly guests including logistics, stocking up and ordering supplies
Schedule and manage makeup for talent and guests; Organizational skills; Coordination of talent and guests; Input show data into PIM system
Professional demeanor, responsible, mature and adaptable to changing situations, along with the ability to work with multiple internal departments
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, keeping production team and others up to date on changes and vital and important information.
Excellent attention to detail skills; Ability to write, copy-edit and proofread work for tone, clarity, spelling and grammar on the air (fonts/chyrons/lower thirds) and written work.
Understanding of the production process of producing a show for air; logging tapes, possess a keen eye for interesting video and shots to incorporate into the program. Able to work with and communicate with production team; Create and organize shoots/call sheets; experience going out with a crew, doing mos’s, gathering b-roll and possibly doing interviews.
Willingness to learn, try things out, work on ideas; Self-motivated.
Ability to see other people’s points of view and welcome constructive feedback. Proven experience in problem-solving and critical thinking practices within a culturally diverse working environment.
Ability to manage workload effectively.
Must be comfortable with working autonomously for periods of time and with a group.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and knowledgeable in working on editing software such as Premiere or Avid.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. 3-4 years of relevant experience. At least two years working on a commercial/public television broadcast television program. Experience using digital formats and social media platforms. Editorial experience: comfortable and curious about searching and finding a broad scope of stories and topics related to communities of color for the program; news judgment; possess an understanding of issues and what’s going on in the news and relevant community issues; Some knowledge of licensing and clearing video and stills for broadcast and digital required.
This is a staff position
This is a CWA Local 1400 union position
This position will require staying late on occasion or as necessary.
GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.