Assignment Desk Editor, KNBC

Oct 02, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
Shannon Biggs
Full Time
NBC4 Los Angeles (KNBC) seeks an Assignment Desk Editor to join our world class news team.

Responsibilities of the Assignment Desk Editor will include:
• Coordinate interviews and logistics for NBC4 field crews
• Facilitate the news gathering process and ensure comprehensive coverage of all news stories across all of NBC4’s platforms, including but not limited to broadcast, digital and web
• Participate in editorial meetings, develop interesting story ideas using strong editorial judgment
• Develop enterprise story ideas consistent with the NBC4 news brand
• Cultivate contacts important to news coverage in the Los Angeles area, including law enforcement
• Monitor police and emergency scanners and electronic/printed sources for news and disseminate the information to appropriate newsroom personnel
• Cooperate with and support NBC News, Newschannel and other NBC Owned Television stations
• Coordinate and dispatch reporters, photographers, and newsgathering personnel to execute news coverage
• Facilitate communication with production staff to ensure proper execution of daily newsgathering plans
• Answer heavy phone call volume and research stories while successfully multitasking in a high pressure, tight deadline newsroom environment
• Make sound editorial decisions and react aggressively to breaking news with or without management present
• Contribute to online platforms as assigned

• Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field
• Minimum 5 years experience working at an assignment desk in top 20 market
• Minimum 10 years of newsroom experience

Additional Desired Characteristics:
• Excellent computer skills and experience in computer-assisted reporting
• Experience in Los Angeles market and familiarity with Southern California audience and communities
• Solid news judgment, strong writing and research skills
• Experience using online and social media resources as news researching tools
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems, prioritize decisions, act decisively and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently in a high pressure, breaking news, environment
• Thorough understanding satellite operations and microwave newsgathering technologies
• Good collaborative and interpersonal skills to communicate at all levels
• Understanding of emerging news production techniques and technology

No phone calls please. All applicants must apply online via the link provided.

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