Media Producer

From start and pre-production through the final touches, media Producers are integral components to managing operations within media projects. The job comes with a large amount of responsibility and in fields such as broadcasting, film, television, and even commercials. You’ll be tasked with finding funding for projects, along with developing ideas, writing, and locating suitable people to fill the various roles.

How to Become a Media Producer

Becoming a media producer entails a large amount of organization and exceptional rigor. Many times you’ll be directly responsible for detailing a budget and ensuring that daily operations stay moving smoothly. A degree in journalism is is useful for understanding what you’ll be expected to take on. You’ll develop the skills to properly delegate tasks to editors, assistant editors, and assistant producers, which will allow you to focus on overall production values and operations.ting skills with a real passion for chasing a story. Additional tasks often include the following:

  • Reading, researching and assessing ideas and finished scripts
  • Commissioning writers or securing the rights to novels, plays, or screenplays
  • Hiring key staff, including a director and a crew to shoot films or videos
  • Controlling the budget and allocating resources
  • Pulling together all the strands of creative and practical talent involved in the project to create a team
  • Job Outlook and Salary Data for Media Producers

    According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage of media producers was $92,390. Salaries for this type of work can vary greatly, so do keep that in mind. The job has most of its potential in states such as California and New York, the two most prominent production hubs of the United States. When it comes to news production though, these jobs are virtually attainable anywhere. With a degree from an accredited college or university, you’ll be in a better position to find the job you want. Additionally, by applying for internships or part-time employment as a production assistant, you can position yourself for success.

    Journalism Schools and Degrees

    Full Sail University — The MS in new media journalism from Full Sail University allows journalists to keep their skills sharp all while meeting the demands required by today's media consumers. The degree program combines traditional methods of journalism with emerging technology. You'll learn how to produce multimedia content, use social media to engage audiences and promote your work, and publish and distribute content across digital delivery platforms. Read more about Full Sail University.

    Southern New Hampshire University — Southern New Hampshire University offers a MA degree in communication that combines courses in communication with a solid foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter careers in advertising, business writing, corporate communications, journalism, and more. Read more about Southern New Hampshire University.

    Walden University — Walden University offers a Master of Science degree in communication that combines communication theory with practical skills. This particular degree focuses on journalistic aspects of new media, including Web publishing, online video, podcasts, Web conferencing, and more. Assignments consist of exercises reflecting the material and interaction with other students taking the same course.

    Grand Canyon University — For the aspiring journalist, Grand Canyon University offers a BA in communications degree with three different specializations: digital film production, graphic design, and public relations. Students of the communications program are prepared to become leaders in the fields of media and communications.

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