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Entry-Level Journalist

Company: SPECTRUM
Location: Tallahassee
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Spectrum Networks is looking for a Multimedia Journalist (MMJ) for our Tallahassee bureau. The Multimedia Journalists we want to work with are curious, creative, and brave in their pursuit of important stories. Successful applicants will have powerful writing and research skills as well as a commanding presence on screen. The journalist who fills this role will be a leader in coverage of politics and government for Spectrum News Florida's two stations in the Tampa and Orlando markets.

Who we are: Spectrum Networks is a series of 27 hyper-local news and 9 regional sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. Spectrum Networks seeks to provide the most essential local news and information, cultivating relevant and thoughtful conversations that foster informed and engaged communities.

The Environment: Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network which requires employees who are flexible and available to work various shift, including early morning, late evenings, weekends and holidays.

Being on our team means - You're ready to inspire and be inspired! You're passionate, creative and highly technical, driven to flourish in a competitive, fast-paced environment. You're fiercely accurate, with a desire to leverage your knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories to viewers in our local communities. You're nimble, having the ability to pivot in an ever-changing workflow. You are a team player with a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills. You have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.

What we're looking for: What we're looking for is a Multi-Media Journalist for one of our four Bureaus who can research, develop, write, edit, shoot and deliver news stories on deadline for on air, on line, and on social media. Must have strong camera and storytelling skills. Contribute to special features and stories. Participate in coordinating coverage of major stories, and news specials. Must be able to develop sources, work a beat, and break stories. Must be able to work independently.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create original news stories; gather information for news stories using beat sources, contacts and leads
  • Build contacts and sources within the assigned community
  • Report within assigned deadlines
  • Deliver news reports, including live reports, demonstrating energy, confidence, professional appearance and voice quality
  • Write, shoot, audio mix and edit own news stories, interviews and features for an assigned newscast to tell the story effectively
  • Work with assignment desk editors, production staff and independently in the newsgathering process
  • Work with a ENG/Photojournalist on occasion
  • Manage general upkeep of assigned company equipment
  • Responsible for representing channel in a professional manner
  • Establish a community presence outside of the newscasts
  • Perform other duties as assigned
    Qualifications:
    Skill/Abilities and Knowledge
    • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
    • Must have sufficiently strong story development skills to submit original story ideas on a daily basis
    • Live shot experience required
    • Must be able to develop sources, work a beat, and break stories
    • Must have strong on-camera skills
    • Must have ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and work under time pressure deadline
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to clearly communicate solutions
    • Ability to relate well with diverse populations and age groups
    • Ability to interface with internal company personnel
    • Ability to handle breaking news on-air
    • Requires adaptability, enthusiasm, initiative and a positive approach to problem solving
    • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license for authorized driving in the State of residence
      Education & Experience:
      • Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, Communications or related field or comparable television work experience preferred.
      • 3 Years of Television News Reporting Experience
        Our Culture: Every employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication (despite pressure), openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn, and an overall positive attitude! Roles may require the following:
        • Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
        • Varying schedule due to, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirements
        • May entail phone or physical presence at the facility for equipment failure or other disasters. This includes, but is not limited to equipment and power failures, loss of contracted services, storms or severe weather, and schedule conflicts
        • Participation in an established on-call rotation
        • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distances
        • Local travel in company car and may require additional trips for special assignments NJR310 294741-3 294741BR

Keywords: SPECTRUM, Tallahassee , Entry-Level Journalist, Advertising , Tallahassee, Florida

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