Investigate events and people to tell the public what’s going on.
In the world of television, the action starts with a script. Sometimes, the script starts with a Freelance Writer. Most often, though, Staff Writers are in charge of creating the script for the week-to-week television programming. It’s the job of the Executive Story Editor to supervise those Writers, evaluate their work, and oversee the necessary changes that make the script ready for visual production.
Being an Executive Story Editor means working hand in hand with the Writers throughout the writing and rewriting process. Along the way, you keep in mind what the audience wants, what the network will allow, and what the Producer commands. Your Writers have probably been at it for a few years, so they’re able to handle the initial phases under your guidance as their Executive Story Editor. And you’re a Writer, too, so you know what to look for, how to fix problems, and when to jump into the Driver ’s seat.
You also have a Story Editor who bridges the gap between you and the Scriptwriters. You attend meetings with the higher-ups and relay messages to the Writer’s room. You might also be in charge of hiring and firing employees.
Occasionally, the network will allow a Freelance Writer to get his script used for an episode. When that happens, you contact Writers, negotiate contract terms, make suggestions for improvements, and oversee changes. In the end, you’re part Producer and part Writer, so you’re able to fill in on both sides of the industry.