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Freelance Assignment Editor

Company: SPECTRUM
Location: Gardena
Posted on: October 18, 2020

Job Description:

Spectrum Networks is looking for passionate, talented and driven individuals with an eagerness to join the best and most dedicated in gathering, producing and delivering stories that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment. Our commitment is to engage viewers with relevant and timely news that is important to the local communities we serve.What is Spectrum Networks: Spectrum Networks is a growing organization, home of 27 Local News Channels nationwide and 9 Local/Regional Sports Channels, inclusive of 3 Los Angeles based Sports Networks. Spectrum Networks is the news and sports division of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), the leading broadband communications company and the second-largest cable operator in the United States.The Spectrum News Environment: Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network that requires employees be flexible and available to work various shifts throughout the day, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. The network is currently focused on the morning news, which means your day will start in the middle of the night, but it also means your workday will end around noon (most days).Spectrum Networks employees are passionate and driven, and can thrive in a competitive, fast-paced and fiercely accurate 24-hour breaking news environment. They are creative and/or highly technical with a desire to leverage their knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories that enhance daily living within our local communities. They are nimble and learn quickly, enabling themselves to pivot when new information is acquired within an ever-changing newsroom. They are team players with positive attitudes and strong interpersonal skills. They have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.What we?re looking for:An Assignment Editor to work with Reporters and Producers on news coverage, special events and story idea development. Contributes to story ideas and advances developing stories.Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:Create stories and work with reporters in setting up future storiesWork with managers to adjust schedules for last minute coverageGather story ideas from reporters, producers, and other sourcesPropose coverage strategy with at least one week in advance of daily news coverageHelp plan daily and long term coverageWork on planning special projects for the futureMonitor websites and social media sourcesRead county and city Government agendas for story ideasRoutinely check the clerk of courts for upcoming trials and eventsFollow up on on-going storiesCoordinate coverage of big stories and planned events with the Executive Producers and/or newsroom managersDevelop sources within the community, including government agencies and public relations representativesParticipate in directing coverage plans under deadline pressureDevelop daily talkbacks from area newspapers and people of interestWork at the assignment manager and play a supporting role as warranted in the pursuit of breaking newsPerform other duties as assignedQualifications:Ability to read, write, speak and understand EnglishSolid news judgment and passion for newsAbility to develop sourcesAbility to organize and manage multiple priorities and work under time pressure deadlineMust be able and willing to work different shifts and be flexible with schedule changesExcellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; ability to clearly communicate solutions; ability to relate well with diverse populationsAbility to interface with internal company personnelRequires adaptability, enthusiasm, initiative and a positive approach to problem solvingMust be able to work under time pressure deadlines, work different or extended shifts and flexible with schedule changes. Willing and able to work weekends and holidaysEducation & Experience:Bachelor?s degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field or comparable television work experience preferred; 3+ years experience in a newsroom; 2+ years previous experience as an assignment editor.Spectrum Networks believes every employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication, openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn and grow, and an overall positive attitude. Roles may require the following:Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of timeOvertime may be required to meet deadlinesVarying schedule as a result of changing production, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirementsDexterity of hands, fingers to operate computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other compute componentsProvide 24x7, 365 days per year, on-call support. 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 loss of staff membersParticipate in an established on-call rotationAbility to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distancesLocal travel up to X% in company car and may require additional trips

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