PROGRAMME RESEARCHER, BROADCASTING/FILM/VIDEO


Job Description

A programme researcher provides support to the producer and production team. Researchers contribute ideas for programmes, source contacts and contributors and collect, verify and prepare information for film, television and radio productions. A researcher can work on a wide variety of programmes or within one subject area.

The work involves organising, planning and researching everything that will happen during the programme - who will be interviewed; location; will the film crew fit; does the budget stretch? The researcher has a responsibility for fact checking, writing briefs for presenters and ensuring that there is adherence to appropriate legislation relating to the production.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • meeting with producers, directors, designers, presenters and writers to discuss the research needs of a programme;
  • generating and developing new programme ideas;
  • conveying findings accurately to others in report form and 'briefs';
  • sourcing and researching facts, figures and information using the internet, film and tape archives, specialist collections, picture libraries, museums and government departments;
  • assessing contributors' suitability for the programme, researching and booking appropriate people and locations;
  • booking resources and facilities;
  • recruiting freelance staff and negotiating fees;
  • providing administrative support such as typing, answering the phone and dealing with contracts;
  • briefing scriptwriters and presenters on topics, updating scripts and editing news reports;
  • sourcing copyright for literary and music sources and gaining clearance for any materials used;
  • negotiating broadcasting rights and producing information and fact sheets for websites;
  • providing research to production staff in a clear, concise format and tracking down film, archive and video tapes;
  • finding interviewees to conduct initial interviews with and getting vox pop responses to current events from members of the public;
  • directing a small shoot and carrying out straightforward editing.

 
CONTACT

08141868880

1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.