Temporary Production Coordinator, FSM News West

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Free Spirit Media

Job Title: Temporary Production Coordinator, FSM News West

(Position will run Mid-October to Early March)


Reports To: Program Coordinator, FSM News West

Supervises: Youth Production Crews



The FSM News West Production Coordinator is a dynamic staff person who is able to work directly with youth to spark creativity, confidence, and leadership through journalism and video production. This staff person is a team player, who can maintain focus, perspective, attitude, and attention to detail in a fast-paced, creative, and youth-driven environment. The Production Coordinator, with support from the Program Coordinator, is responsible for supporting the technical needs and learning for the after school program for participating youth. FSM News West is held at The Nichols Tower on the West Side of Chicago and engages high school aged youth.


FSM News teaches video production and journalism to youth, with a focus on supporting youth in learning the best practices in journalistic reporting, research, and broadcast news. Through production of news packages, PSAs, and full newscasts, youth gain real world skills and begin to use media as a way to tell their story and learn about their community. FSM News West is part of the journalism portfolio, with its counterpart FSM News South and the advanced journalism program, Real Chi Youth.


The FSM News West crew is responsible for the production and packaging of participant newscasts on various distribution platforms, including on CAN TV, YouTube, and partners.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Program Responsibilities

§  Participate in day-to-day lesson preparation and delivery, including, but not limited to: camera operations, editing, producing, and reporting

§  Assist and teach youth on site about equipment, trouble-shooting, and production run-down

§  Create and maintain youth development environment where youth receive technical, artistic, social, and emotional support

§  Help plan, oversee, and attend field trips to media and production companies, businesses, organizations, events, etc.

§  Coordinate and cultivate relationships with local media professionals to serve as guest speakers and mentors

§  Participate in FSM staff meetings and professional development trainings


Technical/Production Responsibilities

§  Support production, editing and archiving of final newscasts

§  Responsible for the care and maintenance of camera, editing, and video equipment

§  Lead the program’s file management and organizational system

§  Be knowledgeable in Adobe Creative Cloud, including After Effects and Photoshop


Qualifications, Education and/or Experience

§  Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred

§  Knowledge of video production and post-production tools including use and maintenance of video cameras, lights, microphones, graphics, effects, Final Cut Pro X

§  Advanced knowledge of broadcast journalism production

§  Advanced editing skills

§  A minimum of two years video, film, or television experience

§  A minimum of two years related experience and/or training in a youth/community development organization or school

§  Ability to use effective and persuasive speech and writing in instruction, presentations, meetings, and site visits


Work Requirements:

This position covers a parental leave. We are looking for a candidate who can fill in from mid-October through early March for up to 32 hours a week. (Note there will be a two-week Winter Break Monday, December 25 through Friday, January 5.) Free Spirit Media is an equal opportunity employer. Ability to drive and/or own a reliable vehicle is strongly recommended.


Compensation & Benefits:

$19 – $25 an hour based on experience


To Apply:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, example of work and salary history to hr@freespiritmedia.org with subject line: FSM News West Production Coordinator Candidate: {Your Name}.
Free Spirit Media is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and equitable environment in which all staff can excel regardless of race, ethnicity, age, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. People of color, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


About Free Spirit Media:

The mission of Free Spirit Media is to cultivate diverse youth voices to transform media and society. Free Spirit Media provides youth on Chicago’s South and West sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and a hands-on media production experience through a youth development lens. We employ a holistic program model to develop youth into productive, connected, and engaged adults. Since our founding in 2001, Free Spirit Media has empowered more than 5,500 youth to share their stories, discover their potential, and engage their peers and communities through digital media. Free Spirit Media’s programming includes school-based media arts education, after school digital media programs, and advanced pathways programs that connect participants with opportunities in professional media industries. Participants at all ages and levels of our programming are supported in developing 21st Century skills that prepare them for success in college and careers. Please see freespiritmedia.org for more information.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@freespiritmedia.org