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As part of the Reinventing Local TV News research project, our team is looking for a Visual Content Producer (VCP)/Animator to create dynamic visual content across station partnerships. The ideal candidate for the VCP role should have a background in graphic design, animation, or a related field, at least three years of experience in motion graphics and video production, and be proficient in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. The animator should also have a keen eye for design and data visualization and be able to conceptualize and execute visually stunning content that enhances news stories. The VCP/Animator will serve as a research partner as our team examines the future of video news storytelling. This person also understands the latest trends in digital media, and possesses strong technical proficiency in video production and post-production processes.
This full-time (40 hours) benefits eligible position, is an externally funded one- year appointment, subject to renewal on the availability of grant funds.
At least 3-5 years of experience in producing motion graphics and visual effects for TV, digital, and/or social media platforms
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Cinema 4D or other 3D animation software
Experience adapting their work to different production specifications (web, broadcast), e.g. aspect ratio, color profile, etc.
Strong design skills and a solid understanding of motion graphics principles
Training in basic data visualization principles
Strong personal organization skills; experience managing competing priorities and reporting to multiple stakeholders simultaneously
Knowledge of digital streaming platforms and best practices for video content distribution
Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality
Excellent communication and collaboration skills to work effectively within a team environment
A creative mindset and the ability to generate fresh ideas and concepts for video content
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
Collaborate with OTT Streaming Content Producers and other newsroom producers and reporters to conceptualize, plan, and produce animated graphics and visual elements for OTT streaming digital platforms at WCBS-TV in New York, WLS-TV in Chicago, and WCVB-TV in Boston
Utilize Adobe Creative Suite, Cinema 4D or other 3D animation software to design and produce motion graphics and video assets to visualize data and help better explain complex topics to viewers through OTT streaming content
Independently design and produce motion graphics and video templates as part of the Reinventing Local TV News Project at Northeastern that will be distributed to television stations and video news producers globally to assist them in implementing innovative digital storytelling techniques
Collaborate with Northeastern's Underreported Story Generation Team and television newsroom teams in New York, Chicago, and Boston to identify gaps in news coverage and produce visual elements for news stories that are aimed at assisting people to better understand their communities and strengthen democracy
Coordinate and organize visual media content and animated graphics for broadcast and digital platforms for distribution to television stations in New York, Chicago, and Boston to be used in stories produced by the stations' OTT Streaming Content producers
Work as a liaison between Northeastern's Reinventing Local TV News Project and our partner TV stations to further overall research project goals
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Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.
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