A Day in the Life: News producer

Job Title: News Producer

Industry: Broadcast journalism

Location: Boise, ID

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Salary/Benefits: $15/hour, fulltime.

Employer Type: Company

Employer Size: Large. Owns newspapers, news stations, food network, etc.

How Long in Current Position: 6 months

Highest Level of Education: Sophomore in college

Path to This Job: I always liked to write, so it seemed like a good fit.

A typical day at work:

1:00am: I wake up at 1 a.m., normally falling asleep at around 5 p.m. the day before.

2:00am: I get to work at about 2 a.m., and start looking at what local news we had in our newscasts the night before. After I get a basic idea of what I have from local, I put a rough copy into my show so I get an idea on how much time I have for national stories.

After that, I take a look at what national stories that I have, which is normally a lot. I judge by what is most important and crucial for the public to know, but at the end of the day it is my decision.

Once I have my show all put together, I go down to the studio and time it out so nothing goes over what it should time-wise. I don’t have any form of a break, but I do have a lot of downtime if I finish my show early.

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