Produced live at WGBH Studios in Boston, Basic Black is the longest-running program on public television focusing on the interests of people of color. The show, which was 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 reflecting the concerns of communities of color. Each episode features a panel discussion across demographic and generational lines with the most current stories, interviews, and commentaries.
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 a television program 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. You’ll research topics and stories that impact communities of color and have the opportunity to book/find potential guests and experts from the Greater Boston area and beyond who can bring those topics and stories to a weekly live television program that is also streamed live on the web.
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
Search, find and log video or stills that could enhance weekly program topic; prepare lower-third credits
15% Social Media/Digital
Social media/digital 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 Facebook page and website.
10% Craft service
Manage and coordinate craft service for weekly guests including logistics, stocking up and ordering supplies
10% General Administrative
Schedule and manage makeup for talent and guests; Organizational skills; Coordination of talent and guests; Input show data into PIM system
• 3-4 years of relevant experience. At least one year working on a commercial/public television broadcast television program, preferably live television
• Professional demeanor, responsible, mature and adaptable to changing situations, along with the ability to work with multiple internal departments
• Editorial experience; comfortable and curious about looking for stories and topics related to communities of color
• Ability to write, copy-edit and proofread work for spelling and grammar.
• Strong news judgment.
• Possess an understanding of topics and what’s going on in the news.
• Must be comfortable with working autonomously for periods of time and/or with a group.
• Familiar with 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; Creating and organizing shoots.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Some experience going out with a crew, doing mos’s, gathering b-roll and possibility doing interviews.
• Strong detail orientation skills.
• Ability to manage workload effectively.
• Proven experience in problem-solving and critical thinking practices within a culturally-diverse working environment.
• Ability to see other people’s points of view and welcome constructive feedback.
• Willingness to stay late on occasion or as necessary.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and editing software. Any experience with broadcast systems such as INews is a plus.
Bachelor's degree required; journalism, communication, media-related preferred