The ESPN Investigative Feature Producer II will produce short and longform video journalism for various platforms, including but not limited to linear TV, digital, streaming, and social media.
The producer will conduct all aspects of production from story conception through execution, all with the oversite of the senior producer and digital editor. The Investigative Feature Producer II generates story ideas and reports, assists with research, writes scripts, conducts interviews, can edit, and lead projects while discovering creative ways to present our journalism. Investigative journalism efforts often lack rich visual assets despite every effort having been made to acquire them; as a result, a demonstrated history of visual creativity, story development, and ambitious design by the producer is required.
• Produces short and longform feature stories, profiles, investigations and documentaries, from concept to completion for various platforms
• Adheres to journalism ethics and best practices
• Generates, researches and pitches story ideas
• Determines the content, writing, editing style and storyline of features working with the reporter and senior manager
• Arranges and oversees logistics for feature shoots, including equipment and crews
• Works with reporters on writing outlines and scripts
• Prepares for and leads edit sessions to achieve the desired storyline and deliverables
• Plans and directs the work of freelance production personnel and freelance technicians during production
• Has video editing skills
• Presents work for review to the senior producer and digital editor and embraces feedback
• Develops concepts and content for feature stories to reach viewers and increase ESPN's market penetration, ratings, viewership, and social media reach
• Provides regular feedback and mentoring to Associate Producers and Content Associates in decisions regarding the full scope of creative, content, production and cost/benefit decisions for assigned feature stories and investigations
• Continuously pushes the envelope creatively while working within confines of budget restrictions of the unit
• Works independently when necessary
• Embraces and seeks knowledge of technological advances in field and post-production
• Actively maximizes cross-platform potential of feature production
Required Education – High School Diploma
Preferred Education - Bachelors Degree in related field
Additional Information: (i.e. physical requirements, holiday, nights, weekend shifts, etc.) This position is not required to be in Bristol, CT, or in a city with ESPN offices; the producer can work from home full-time or in a location of choice. This position requires travel and night and weekend work depending on which story is being pursued.