One America News Network Assistant De Production Reviews

Updated Dec 13, 2019

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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    It is what it is

    Dec 13, 2019 - Production Assistant 
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    Pros

    Studio experience, great crew, and full-time work with benefits

    Cons

    Management, company ethics, lack of journalistic integrity

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    New Business Growing Pains....

    Jan 27, 2016 - Production Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I graduated from William & Mary in 2012 and was hired as a Production Assistant. I work long, hard hours, but nothing to compare to the 1920s immigrants who landed in NY, Boston, etc. Unfortunately so many Gen-X workers believe they should begin at the top in work benefits and salary. I have seen that as our company's viewer base has grown, so has our pay and benefits. I believe we've just cleared the launch pad and we WILL be rewarded for our hard work and dedication. Some of the earlier posts are now out of date since we now have Medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Disability insurance and off-duty pay allowance, Employer-funded defined benefit (pension) plan, and a 401(k) with an employer match.

    Cons

    Mr. Herring is constantly on the floor and can be overbearing in his push for excellence, but it's his capitol which is at stake, employees have little to no risk in it's failure. Also, still having long work hours both daily and weekly.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The little tv station that couldn't

    Dec 22, 2016 - Production Assistant in San Diego, CA
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    Pros

    Our two studios have nice production equipment. We have nice cameras and nice camera rigs. We also have a very nice brand new studio for the newscasts. There is one older studio for the talk shows, but it still holds up all right. Employees are very nice.

    Cons

    Herring Broadcasting runs 2 small cable networks, WealthTV and a start-up news network, One America News. I was told in my interview that One America News would be a "credible source for news" that would hopefully and eventually compete with FOX News and CNN. So going in, I was expecting to find an organization that was actually going to try create solid, ethical newscasts. Instead, I found a disorganized operation with an owner/CEO that had zero experience in news, did not know how to lead people or rally a team, yet still wanted to control every aspect of the news channel based on false assumptions on how television newsrooms are run. And if that wasn't enough, I found a complete disregard for the rules of newscast ethics and journalism. Literally everyone that has any say in the company has little to no experience in news. If you're trying to launch a news channel, you can imagine how difficult this might make things. The CEO has actually said he wants inexperienced people because he can control them easily and they won't put up the slightest protest to his news judgement. Writers are told to just copy and paste from our Associated Press and Reuters news sources. Many on-air anchors are hired purely for their looks. And Producers do not check stories for updates. I can't really blame the producers for this since they don't know any better. They're inexperienced! Once a story is written and put in a show rundown, that's usually the last time anyone ever checks for updates on that story, let alone double-check the facts on that story to begin with. But since, the CEO doesn't care about those pesky details (ie. actually being a "credible" source for news) everything is alright as long as he sees a good looking anchor on his television. Since, management has little experience in news, there is very little in the way of advice on how to further our craft. There are little to no performance reviews for writers, anchors, or technical people. But if anyone dares question this, they're threatened with their jobs. So all these employees right out of college that were so excited to get their first job in TV news, are actually not getting any real world experience at all. You think that's bad? I haven't even gotten to other the problems with company culture. The CEO doesn't trust any of his employees and routinely watches them through cameras in literally every corner of our offices. He regularly questions workers on what they are doing if he sees employees talking to each other. This is a problem especially if you have a CEO that has zero experience in news and doesn't understand that working in a newsroom is a cooperative experience where employees must talk to each other to put a newscast together. The environment that this creates is one where everyone is afraid and no one wants to improve our product for fear of retaliation. I do not recommend this company to anyone. If you're looking for just a job that pays OKAY for a recent college grad, and do not really have a passion for news news or TV, or if you don't mind a controlling boss, then this job might be okay for you for the time being. If you care about news and if you're looking to get real world experience in TV production, go elsewhere. If you care about ethical standards, want to learn how the rules of journalism work, and want to learn how to put a professional high-quality newscast together, go elsewhere.

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