Multi-Skilled Reporter/Assignment Editor
at TEGNA

Date Posted: 11/9/2019

Job Description

WPMT, a division of TEGNA is looking for a great storyteller/assignment editor. Someone who is as comfortable engaging the audience on Social Media as they are on TV. Someone who understands the deadline is right now, not 6 or 11 p.m. We want an innovative journalist who can create unique and shareable stories for all platforms through memorable writing, photography and editing. 

This is a fast-paced hybrid position for someone who has both assignment desk and digital producing experience.

The position is responsible for assigning and dispatching news crews, assisting news crews with contacts and research along with publishing original content for our social media accounts. The position also requires monitoring all local news beats and trending digital sources to evaluate and assign coverage for all platforms.

The right candidate is a strong assignment desk editor and writer. Someone who can run an assignment desk and help find and develop original, engaging content that drives social engagement using text, video, and multimedia and can work well as part of a technically savvy team that collaborates with content producers and reporters to develop valuable, relevant content on all platforms.  A strong working knowledge of the Harrisburg area is important.

 

In this role, you will:

  • Write, shoot and edit original content with a platform-specific approach for web, social and broadcast
  • Tell stories in an exciting, captivating and authentic manner.
  • Use the latest editing software, production techniques, photography tools, including new forms of media (viewer pictures, webcam interviews, etc.) to tell great stories.
  • Enterprise and develop original content through social listening and independent sources.
  • Deliver LIVE news events across all platforms (Twitter, FB Live, website livestream, broadcast live stand up) in an engaging, exciting and accurate manner.
  • Conduct insightful interviews with newsmakers and research for facts and credibility.
  • Operate news gathering vehicles.
  • Work collaboratively in a positive team environment.
  • Perform other tasks as required by newsroom leadership
  • Covering breaking news events as part of a fast-paced assignment team
  • Strong assignment editor/ writing skills
  • Solid news knowledge – preferably of the Harrisburg market
  • Working in multiple content management systems
  • Editing and managing video on digital platforms
  • Knowledgeable about how to use social media to generate digital traffic and engagement
  • Researching, creating, and publishing original content
  • Ability to identify potentially viral stories 
  • Ability to work with reporters to develop assigned stories
  • Working under tight deadlines
  • Planning ahead for social, digital and on-air coverage of events
  • Ability to manage content on a variety of platforms including desktop, mobile sites, apps and social media

 

 

Job Requirements

Here’s what you need:

  • BA/BS in journalism, communications or related field
  • 1 year of experience preferred
  • Bilingual, (English & Spanish) speaking preferred
  • Experience in photojournalism, editing, and content management systems
  • Understanding of the tenants of professional journalism
  • A portfolio with examples of strong breaking news reporting
  • Ability to generate creative, engaging, content-driven live shots on-air, on Facebook and on our website/app.
  • Strong social media skills, including an active news hound presence on Twitter and Facebook
  • Knowledge of ENPS, Adobe Premier, Edius and Axis graphics a plus
  • Organizational skills and the ability to work under deadlines a must
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage requests from various sources and work well with varied personalities on deadline
  • Experience working in a digital content management system like Wordpress, Lakana, Brightcove, WorldNow and with digital photo and video editing tools
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent in managing news crews and news judgment 
  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills

 

About TEGNA

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 49 television stations and two radio stations in 41 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 30 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA also delivers innovative and unparalleled solutions for advertisers through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.

 

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.

 

 

Job Snapshot

About Us

WPMT FOX43 is one of the oldest operating UHF stations in the country. FOX43 changed the face of local news when the station introduced a ten o'clock news to the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pennsylvania market in 1994......."at 10 it's news, at 11 it's history". FOX43 NEWS has consistently been a ratings and award winner since that launch, inspiring the addition of other non-traditional news broadcasts, like the only all local six hour morning news. FOX43 lives up to its “Expect More” promise to Central PA viewers, by currently providing more hours of local news than any other local station.  Not only can Central PA “Expect More” when it comes to news coverage, but also in the station’s involvement in the cities, towns, and communities that make up who we are. FOX43 is very involved local events such as the York Fair and the Long's Park 4th of July fireworks in Lancaster, as well as helping raise money and awareness for the local Salvation Army chapter, the epidemic opioid crisis in Central Pennsylvania, and the Red Cross (FOX43 is currently the largest blood donation partner in the region). WPMT is always on alert for new and better ways to serve its viewing community.