The Assignment Editor-WGCL monitors police and fire scanners and quickly responds to reports. This position assembles reporters and crews for story coverage, communicates with newsroom staff and informs producers of breaking news. The Assignment Editor-WGCL responds to news tip calls and additional calls to the newsroom; establishes and fosters contacts and sources within the community; maintains current and future file for news stories; contributes story ideas for news coverage.
Essential Job Functions
45% - Monitors police and fire scanners and quickly responds to reports. Assembles reporters and crews for story coverage. Communicates with newsroom staff and informs producers of breaking news
35% - Sets up and assigns news stories to reporters and photographers. Coordinates logistics for reporters and photographers. Coordinates live and tape feeds from live trucks and satellite sources. Maintains communication with news producers regarding developing and future stories.
10% - Monitors additional news sources including newspapers, magazines, radio, television and internet. Coordinates with public and news sources by telephone and in person.
10% - Maintains story files. Establishes contacts with police and public information officials. Updates assignment files with relevant information including addresses, phone/pager numbers.
All must be met to be considered.
Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Communications, Journalism or related field, or equivalent training and/or experience.
Minimum 1 year previous experience preferred.
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
o Must possess exceptional news judgment and organizational skills.
o Must possess in depth knowledge of current events.
o Good communication skills.
o Ability to select stories for reporting and effectively coordinate coverage with newsroom staff and the public