Multi Platform Assignment Editor

Date Posted: 2/14/2020

Job Description

WUSA9 is looking for a Multi-platform assignment editor to work on our discovery desk who can organize, coordinate and help drive the news operations at TEGNA's flagship local news outlet in Washington, D.C.


The person in this role will be more than a traditional assignment editor. He or she will be expected to be a content creator – either directly (writing for our platforms or producing streaming media) or in a supporting role by helping execute the vision of newsroom producers and editors. The role requires a focus on multi-platform storytelling -- broadcast, online and social content. 


This person must be able to multi-task, skillfully using proprietary databases, government information systems, social media and digital tools to research and discover stories. This role requires exceptional organizing and planning skills.​

In this role, you will:

  • Aggressively confirm information about breaking news and dispatch crews with urgency
  • Publish content to website and social media accounts.
  • Enterprise news stories on a daily basis
  • Assemble daily news plans, including reporter/photographer assignments using our Editorial Tracker tool in editorial meetings
  • Work closely with newsroom leadership to plan appropriate staffing for daily and future news gathering
  • Proactively vet incoming news tips and coordinate story gathering
  • Coordinate with producers and station engineers on live shots, including executing Facebook Live, YouTube livestream and website livestreams.
  • Develop and maintain lists of contacts at public agencies, major businesses, nonprofit organizations and other influential entities and individuals.
  • Monitor law enforcement and emergency responder scanner traffic to alert newsroom to breaking news.
  • Monitor digital chatter and real-time tools to alert newsroom to content opportunities.
  • Monitor important news stories for developments in a beat system style
  • Represent WUSA9 in conversations with other media organizations about pool coverage and access issues.
  • Coordinate sharing of resources with other stations in the TEGNA group
  • Be curious about new technologies and tools that could improve the assignment process.
  • Coordinate and dispatch the WUSA9 shared news helicopter
  • Perform other tasks as required by Multiplatform Managing Editor or Digital Executive Editor. 

Job Requirements



Here's what you need: 

  • BA/BS in journalism, communications or related field
  • 2-5 years of experience required
  • Experience in a newsroom
  • Strong social media and digital writing skills
  • Strong news judgement skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Understanding the tenants of professional journalism
  • Knowledge of digital breaking news tools a plus
  • Knowledge of CMS, ENPS, Edius and Axis graphics a plus
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events
  • Comfortable meeting multiple deadlines per day
  • Flexible with shift assignments
  • Great interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and timely
  • Sense of urgency with breaking news 



TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching over 38 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks Justice Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit


TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.



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About Us

Are you all about social and new media?  Do you like change?  And does “risk” mean “potential” in your vocabulary?  Be part of a news team that’s changing, growing and serving our community in the process.  WUSA, the TEGNA-owned CBS affiliate in Washington, DC hires talented and creative journalists, social/digital experts, marketing masterminds, and customer-focused sales executives.  If you are looking for a fast-paced atmosphere to thrive, develop your professional skills and partner with viewers and digital users – WUSA is the place to be.