Assignment Editor (Full-time)

Scripps Media, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL

The WPTV assignment desk is in search of a dynamic, determined, experienced and inquisitive news person to join our team. The ideal candidate would thrive under pressure of tight deadlines and breaking news and be comfortable with juggling many tasks at once. This person would help set the tone for the day and support the #1 morning show in the DMA. 

A normal day on the desk involves

* Listening to police and fire scanners for breaking news

* Contacting Public Information Officers to confirm information

* Dispatching reporters, photographers and helicopter out to scenes

* Responding to viewer calls, emails and facebook messages

* Searching (and pitching) news stories

* Arranging guests and setting up interviews

* Writing content for the web

* Researching information for newscasts

* Staying on top of city and county meetings for highlights relevant to our viewers

* Scouring social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) for clickable content for our Real Time newsroom.

The ideal candidate would also be equal parts 1) a relentless digger for news and information in the nerve center of the newsroom 2) a compassionate and calm voice at the receiving end of the phone when viewers reach out to us in unimaginable situations.

Key activities

* Receives assignment or evaluates news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.

* Scours local media outlets to help generate content identifying news of the day. 

* Gathers and verifies facts regarding stories through interview, observation, and research.

* Organizes material, determines slant or emphasis, and writes story according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.

* May be asked to shoot video and still photos for various platforms.

* Edits, or assists in editing, videos for all multimedia platforms.

* Assist news producer in preparing newscast.

* Assist online staff in preparing for multimedia stories.

Education & Experience

* Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism or related degree.

* 5 years of experience in a newsroom required, previous experience at an assignment desk preferred.

Skills & Abilities

* Computer literacy required, including newsroom computer systems.

* Knowledge and experience on social media.

* Videography and non-linear editing experience preferred.

* Editing video on Final Cut Pro editing systems, or similar equipment would be helpful.

* Strong broadcast and AP style writing skills.

* Proficient at posting content to various websites.

* Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.

Work environment

* Valid Driver's License, good driving record and provide certificate of insurability with company required insurance limits.

* Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

* Available to work a variety of shifts – days, nights, weekends, holidays

* In the event of a local hurricane, stay at the station with the rest of the staff to help support the news organization.

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Closing Date