CNN needs associate producer with eye for news

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 August, 2006, 12:00am

CNN International seeks a journalist with three to four years of experience to work as an associate producer.

The role will mainly support the producer of the weekly programme Talk Asia.

The new associate producer will join 50 staff members at CNN's Asian bureau headquarters in Hong Kong, which was established in 1996.

An outgoing self-starter with a good eye for news is required to suggest and book guests, answer calls and manage interview logistics.

The candidate will need to determine good filming environments, ensure interviews take place, prepare transcripts and assist with the scripting of promotional trailers.

'We need a jack of all trades and a master of many,' said Phil O'Sullivan, the supervising producer at the network that produces 6? hours of live shows each weekday.

Interested candidates should know that a well-crafted cover letter is the best calling card. Letters with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors will not make the cut.

Shortlisted candidates will also undertake a current affairs and writing test.

'It should separate the sheep from the goats,' Mr O'Sullivan said of the tests, adding that even native English speakers had trouble meeting CNN's high standards for written English.

He said one challenge was the steep learning curve for processes and systems unique to CNN.

'It may take six months to become effective in the role. Then you become an asset to the company and not someone we want to lose,' he said.



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