Mary T. Rogus
Producers are the hidden “voice” of broadcast and especially television news, in local and network newsrooms. Though we rarely see their faces or hear their voices, they control virtually every word that is written in television news, and make the decisions that set the daily news agenda for local and national television and radio programming. Any broadcast or cable news program has been managed by at least one producer, and often many in different roles have shaped the final product. When most people think about producers, they think about Hollywood film or Broadway theater producers. But while broadcast news producers are rarely involved with the finances or staffing of their programs, they are the key content people. News producers have their hands in every aspect of broadcast or cable news programs, from deciding what stories will be covered and how they will be presented, to the researching, reporting, and writing ...