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Producers work with PBS Interactive's Producer Products and Services team as their central point of contact for production. Here's a summary of the production process:

  1. If you're new to the community, first check out the New Producers page.
  2. Any producer, new or existing, wanting to propose a new project can learn how to submit a proposal.
  3. Be sure to learn about PBS's production requirements and technical specs so you can account for editorial responsibilities such as content moderation or technical responsibilities like load testing in your budget.
  4. Jayme Swain is your contact during the proposal process. If your proposal is greenlit, she'll assign you a program manager.  Your program manager is your primary point of contact throughout production.
  5. Your program manager will provide you with a project management space in Basecamp, our project management tool.  Here you can plan and track key milestones such as project planning documentation, a Web Agreement, site maps, wireframes, design comps, QA, launch, ongoing community engagement and project evergreening.
  6. You'll also work with your program manager to provision a server space for production, and track technical requests through JIRA.
  7. Throughout the process, refer to Producer Exchange for site tools, resources such as best practices and to collaborate with the larger producer community.
  8. Editorially (including a professional copy edit) and technically QA your site.
  9. File a JIRA ticket in coordination with your program manager to schedule site launch.
  10. Share your experience and lessons learned with the producer community.