Job Description: Producer/Public Affairs

This is a generic job description for a talk show producer in a news/public affairs dept.


The Producer, News and Public Affairs works under the supervision of the News Director to produce a daily talk and interview program; and other programs as assigned.


Research and Program Production: 55%

Works with Senior Producer and Host to research and develop topics and concepts. Writes focus sheets and questions. Works with host, technical director and call screener during live programs to select calls to be taken and provide information and questions to host. Serves as program researcher and fact checker as assigned and helps insure that programs are produced in an effective, timely, and fiscally responsible manner.

Guest Contact: 35%

Identifies, recruits and schedules program guests in conjunction with the Senior Producer and Host. Pre-interviews guests and arranges their availability and preparation.

Administration: 10%

The Producer is responsible for appropriate record keeping, correspondence, phone calls, meetings, maintaining supplies and equipment and other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree and one year related experience. Solid grounding in journalism. Must have strong verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills. Strong computer and research skills required. Prefer a minimum of one year’s experience in research, preferably in a broadcast or print news/interview setting. A broad knowledge of current local, regional, national and political, legislative, economic, cultural and scientific affairs is desired.