Media / Digital Media
Program researchers conduct research and fact-check information to ensure radio and TV shows and films are entertaining and well-informed.
What does a Program Researcher do?
Program researchers conduct research and fact-check information for producers, scriptwriters and presenters to make sure radio shows, TV shows and films are interesting, entertaining and well-informed.
As a program researcher, you would:
- conduct research and fact-check information
- present the information to producers, scriptwriters and presenters
- present the information in a clear and concise manner
- work with producers and scriptwriters to generate ideas for new shows and existing productions
- conduct functional research into shooting locations, equipment hire and freelance staff
- obtain permission for the use of copyright material
- carry out routine administrative duties.
Key skills and interests
To become a program researcher, you would need:
- superior research and analytical skills
- creativity and curiosity
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- accuracy and strong attention to detail
- the ability to work to project deadlines
- the ability to work under pressure.
Working hours and conditions
As a program researcher, you might work in TV, radio, film or video production companies. You would work a standard number of hours per week, but additional evening and weekend work is common to meet project and program deadlines
You would usually be office based. Travel, both domestically and sometimes internationally, is common for program researchers in roles in TV and film. You would likely be required to hold a current driver's licence.
How to become an Program Researcher?
Entry Level Education
To become a program researcher, you will need an undergraduate degree in any discipline. However, studying subjects in areas such as journalism, broadcast journalism, English, or marketing may increase your chances of securing an entry-level position. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
This is an very competitive area of work. Applicants for entry level positions often have relevant volunteer work experience in areas such as community TV, or research experience in other industries. People often move into program researcher positions from other entry-level roles such as runners or administrative roles.
Employment of program researchers is expected to decline somewhat.
Overall employment for this occupation is strongly related to the funding available for new programs and local television and film content and production.