Show Producer – Global News, The West Block

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Show Producer – Global News, The West Block
Ottawa, ON, Canada Req #3231
Date Posted:  Monday, September 18, 2023

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Division: Global News – The West Block
Work Status: Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, ON (Onsite)

About the role:

Global News is currently looking for a full-time Show Producer to join the #1 Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. Reporting to the Executive Producer, the successful candidate will lead the production of Global’s flagship national political program,The West Block with Mercedes Stephenson. The West Block is Canada’s highest-rated Sunday political show with a growing broadcast and digital audience. The ideal candidate is an ideas powerhouse who is passionate about leading political coverage and understands what it takes to create smart, innovative and impactful programming that advances the story. This role may involve working a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends when needed. This is a Group 4 position under the current collective agreement.

You will contribute by:

The following is a paraphrase of the primary functions, but does not outline all of the duties and responsibilities that may be assigned to this position:

  • Pitching, lining up, producing, and writing content for The West Block and Global National News
  • Collaborating with the team to break and develop stories that drive news cycles, including pitching and delivering exclusive interviews and newsmakers
  • Overseeing technical production of the West Block, including building rundowns, writing and vetting scripts, control room producing, and post-production editing
  • Producing field shoots, road shows, news items, remote segments, and special event coverage as needed
  • Writing, editing, and producing packaged and live segments
  • Booking guests and conducting field interviews when needed
  • Participating in editorial discussions and collaborating with the host and executive producer to determine the editorial direction and content of the show
  • Organizing coverage plans for major national stories and breaking news events
  • Displaying strong editorial judgement
  • Generating enterprise, investigative and diverse stories that reflect the country
  • Working to expand The West Block brand and viewership on television, radio, and digital platforms
  • Maintaining and continuing to expand a network of political contacts while delivering high-profile guests
  • Working with the Graphics team to produce graphic elements to enhance storytelling and the overall look of the show
  • Collaborating with all Global News platforms and affiliate stations
  • Performing other duties as required

Skills and experience you will bring:

  • Post-secondary education in a journalism or broadcast related field
  • Minimum five years of broadcast experience with a strong background in political or national news
  • Experience as a news producer including show writing, news scripts, and working in a control room
  • Proven track record working in leadership roles on interview-based national morning or political news shows preferred
  • Skilled at covering breaking news and major events
  • In-depth knowledge of Canadian, American, and international politics and news
  • Exceptional editorial judgment and news writing skills
  • Well-established political, national, and international network of contacts and sources
  • Ability to deliver high level guests and compelling interviews
  • Excellent visual storyteller and familiarity with news video editing
  • Proven ability to grow audiences and develop successful programs
  • Committed to a diversity of voices and perspectives
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and people skills with the ability to work effectively independently and cooperatively in a team environment
  • Strong leadership skills and high level of comfort providing clear constructive feedback
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure breaking news environment with tight deadlines
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and creative
  • Excellent problem solver and team player
  • French language skills considered an asset

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Application Deadline: October 3, 2023

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