Do you enjoy producing science documentaries? If so, this gig may be for you. South Florida PBS’ Changing Seas series is looking for an experienced and creative Freelance Producer to work on a forthcoming episode about the 10th anniversary of the Gulf oil spill.
The duties of this position involve all aspects of production from pre to post, including thoroughly researching the topic and identifying potential field work and interviewees to be featured, booking shoots and planning all related travel logistics according to South Florida PBS policies, conducting interviews and working closely with the camera team in the field, writing and fact-checking the script, related web materials and social media posts, preparing the show for edit, working with our animator to plan out graphic elements, and closely working with the series editor to finalize the episode. The producer will also work closely with the series producer during all phases of production to ensure the program matches the feel of the series, stays on deadline and meets American Public Television standards.
The right candidate is a detail-oriented team player who enjoys researching complex science and distilling it down to a 25-minute episode that will engage a general audience.Strong writing skills and a solid understanding of journalistic ethic guidelines are a must. Prior experience working in public television and knowledge of oil spill related research is preferred, but not required.
About Changing Seas
For the last 11 years, Changing Seas has taken viewers on exciting adventures to the heart of our blue planet. The series goes to sea with scientists, giving viewers a first-hand look at how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier. Produced by South Florida PBS, Changing Seas has aired on 95% of public television stations in the U.S. and more than 39 countries across the globe. The series is distributed nationally by American Public Television.
Past Oil Spill-Related Content and this Episode
Nine years ago, the series featured an episode on the oil spill that focused on the research conducted by the University of South Florida immediately following the disaster (https://www.changingseas.tv/season-3/after-the-spill/), and two years later we followed up with a program that focused on the impacts the spill had on some of the deep-sea fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico (https://www.changingseas.tv/season-5/creatures-of-the-deep/.) To make research more visually exciting, the production team joins scientists in the field whenever possible. The goal of this episode is to give our viewers a wider overview of what we know now about the long-term environmental impacts of the spill, ranging from coastal areas to the deep sea. Questions we hope to answer include, but are not limited to, the following:
What impact, if any, did the decision to use Corexit to disperse the oil have on animals living in the water column or at depth? What species, if any, show ongoing signs of oil exposure? Where did the oil go? Given that the Gulf of Mexico is historically an understudied region, what new scientific information has come to light since the spill? What is the scientific consensus on the long-term effects of this disaster?
South Florida PBS is a community-licensed public television station serving South Florida from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. South Florida PBS produces and provides programs and services to the community through varied media platforms. The region served is dynamic, diverse and rich in arts and culture.
Send resume and work samples to:
South Florida PBS, Alexa Elliot, P.O. Box 610002, Miami, FL 33261-0002, or email to: email@example.com