Investigative Producer
at Sinclair Broadcast Group

Date Posted: 1/6/2020

Job Description

Make your mark in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Sinclair Broadcast Group and Sinclair Digital Solutions are dedicated to making Sinclair a communications powerhouse! We are the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all major networks. Sinclair Digital group is focused on bringing the most engaging content to web, mobile and over-the-top broadcasting to audiences all over the country! Our success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believe in a vision and are dedicated ensuring a great future for our employees. Whether you are an industry veteran or a just starting out, you can find it at Sinclair!  We are advancing the world of Broadcasting and we want YOU to join our winning team!

WJLA-TV, in Washington, DC, seeks an enterprising and aggressive Investigative Producer to join our 7 ON YOUR SIDE investigative and consumer unit. We are looking for someone with a clear understanding of how to dig for a story, research it, write it with an edge and use strong storytelling and TV production to make it powerful and memorable. Knowledge of the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) process, computer-assisted reporting, social listening and data-driven reporting is required along with familiarity of legal issues related to investigative and consumer news reporting. Strong writing skills and knowledge of current events is essential. Dynamic storytelling skills are a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain contacts and sources in the community to enterprise story ideas
  • Identify and pitch investigative angles on both long-form enterprise and big daily news stories
  • Work closely with Director of Special Projects to refine investigative and consumer related pitches and story scripts
  • Work closely with reporters to provide in-house set up and research
  • Go out in the field with photographers to pursue your own leads and stories, as well as gather material for reporters  
  • Write online versions of investigative and consumer reports and work with Digital Producers on "web extra" content
  • Other 7 ON YOUR SIDE unit duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • At least 3 years of investigative producing experience is preferred
  • History of award-winning investigative journalism is preferred
  • Must be a strong storyteller with the ability to make the complicated understandable
  • Must be able to use all available tools to enhance visual storytelling, from graphics to social media
  • “Multi-media Journalism” writing, shooting, editing skills are preferred
  • Should be able to generate story ideas and determine the legitimacy of viewer tips
  • Strong writer, storyteller. Must be naturally inquisitive with an interest in holding government officials accountable

While applying online, please include a recent web link of your work; if you do not have an online reel, please mail a non-returnable DVD to the station at:

WJLA-TV

Attn: Managing Editor

1100 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22205

Sinclair Broadcast Group is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

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Job Snapshot

About Us

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Sinclair Digital Solutions are dedicated to making Sinclair a communications powerhouse! We are the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all major networks. Sinclair Digital group is focused on bringing the most engaging content to web, mobile and over-the-top broadcasting to audiences all over the country! In addition, Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of sports content. Sinclair owns a multicast network, four radio stations and a cable network. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. was founded in 1986, went public in 1995 and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol SBGI.

We believe Sinclair Broadcast Group’s people are our most important asset. Our teams make the critical difference in how we perform and their skills, talents and determination separate us from our competitors. Sinclair's success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believe in a vision and are dedicated ensuring a great future for our employees. We are advancing the world of broadcasting and we need talented, dedicated, ethical professionals to do so. Our teams make the critical difference in how we perform and their skills, talents and determination separate us from our competitors. To be the best, you have to attract the best. This is why we provide opportunity for advancement, a challenging work environment, and a company culture with open communication and teamwork. Whether you are an industry veteran or a just starting out, you can find it at Sinclair!

We also offer excellent compensation and comprehensive benefits, including:

  • Company-sponsored medical/prescription, vision and dental plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Company-paid Life and Disability
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Education reimbursement
  • Vacation, Holiday, and PTO
  • And more…