Global news organizations are constantly looking for the next big story. As the fast-moving news cycle is ever evolving, talented journalists work together every day to scoop the competition. The polished presentation that most people see in front of the camera or in a print newspaper belies the rapid pace and sometimes chaotic production behind the scenes. Covering the news requires relationships with many stakeholders. News entities contract help to ensure that the news organization has the manpower and talent to cover events. Here are some of the contracts news organizations may sign to support news coverage.
A field producer works with a reporter and camera operator to cover a story in the field. If a story is in another country, the news organization may contract a producer in that area to ensure that they are able to provide video coverage of the event. A field producer may also serve as the camera operator, capturing video and interviews at a prominent event. Working along with other production team members, the producer will develop content and research leads.
A news service provides a wide variety of news. Some popular platforms like the Associated Press have positioned the company as a leader in the news field. Other specialty news organizations, like the National Newspaper Association focus on a specific group or genre. A news corporation may use contract management software to secure up-to-date news from another company. By paying for these stories, a company may avoid the expense of contracting a remote worker or sending an employee to cover the same story.
Like most businesses, news organizations need talented professionals to keep maintain operational excellence. News organizations contract temporary agencies and unions to supply news, media, and administrative professionals. Most workers must meet specific requirements, such as education and experience in the industry. Television news organizations hire on a temporary to permanent basis and hire temporary staff during busy seasons.
In both print and television news, companies use a variety of electronic equipment. From computers to television studio equipment, the organization will have a contract with a company to supply equipment and provide regular maintenance. If a vital piece of equipment malfunctions, the company will have backup units or an agreement for speedy delivery of replacement equipment in the case of an emergency.
News publishers will contract talent to write weekly blogs online or print columns. These writers are under contract, whether they are employees or not. Even television news uses contracted talent to support daily news and entertainment programming. Guest who appear on a show and guest columnists for newspapers must sign a contractual agreement. In all these cases, the contract will detail the two parties involved in the agreement, nature of the agreement, and the consideration paid. The contract is a vital component to disseminating news coverage, because each party is aware of expectations.