Senior Researcher

Posted On: March 23, 2015

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation

Company Description

WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives

Job Description

NOVA is one of the highest rated flagship series of PBS and WGBH. Now in its 42nd season, NOVA has defined science television for the world. NOVA programs can be seen in over 110 countries, and over 25 million Americans tune in each month, making NOVA one of the most watched series in the PBS prime time lineup.

Under the direction of the Senior Executive Producer, the Senior Researcher is primarily responsible for research and development of topics that will lead to new story ideas for NOVA and the Science Unit.

Roles and Responsibilities include:
• Research and develop topics and trends that will lead to new story ideas, monitoring the science press and science news on all platforms, interviewing scientists, keeping track of competitive science communication content on broadcast, cable, radio and digital platforms and what they're developing.
• Fact checking scripts.
• Contribute to the Inside NOVA blog.
• Research and evaluate the science content of stories and projects submitted for consideration for NOVA and the Science Unit.
• Write proposals and promotional materials for programs and other Science Unit content, and assist in the day-to-day management of editorial tasks.
• Assist with speech writing and other diverse research and writing needs that arise within NOVA and the WGBH Science Unit.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate must be a fast and fluent writer and be adept at recognizing and developing promising story ideas. At least 2 to 3 years experience in story research and development in documentary and informational programming genres is required. Previous experience and a demonstrated interest in science television are strongly preferred. Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to prioritize and work on deadline in a rapidly changing broadcast environment are essential. Candidates must possess strong motivational skills and the ability to work with little supervision and under pressure to meet tight deadlines. Applicants must be comfortable with Macintosh applications and online technologies and social media channels.

Bachelor Degree required.

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