Entertainment Writer

New York
Apr 17, 2013
May 17, 2013
Joan LeFosse
Digital Media, Other
Full Time
Do you know who will be on the cover of People, US Weekly and Star before they even hit the shelves? Are you telling your friends what shows are DVR-worthy before they even air? Did you consider Tom and Katie’s split major news?

ABC News Digital is hiring an Entertainment Writer who eats, sleeps and breathes all things entertainment and has a passion for pop culture.

The ideal candidate has at least 2 years of experience covering entertainment in a digital environment, a vast knowledge of the entertainment industry and a good list of contacts who he/she can call to break news. The Entertainment Writer should have excellent editorial skills and news judgment, be able to quickly turn around copy in a breaking news situation and know exactly the right question to ask on the red carpet to create a newsworthy story. Candidates should be go-getters who are excited about having a voice on this dynamic team. The Entertainment Writer should also have experience in social media.

The Entertainment Writer is responsible for writing stories and pitching story ideas to the Entertainment Editor. The Entertainment Writer will cover “Red Carpet” events and be able to provocatively interview celebrities. The candidate will be the first on-call and/or onsite for entertainment events and news. The Entertainment writer will be responsible for writing copy under extreme deadline for breaking news stories.

Basic Qualifications
-Bachelors Degree in Journalism or comparable field
-Must have a minimum 2 years experience covering entertainment in major digital news market
-Must have a vast knowledge of the entertainment industry and industry contacts for news and scoop opportunities

Preferred Qualifications
-Must be adept with CMS and blog software
-Must have excellent editorial skills and news judgment
-Must be able to turn around copy for breaking news stories
-Must be social media savvy
-Must be able to work a flexible schedule depending on event coverage and/or breaking news

Online application only.

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