Assignment Editor

Posted: 2/13/2018

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Function: Production
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

Telemundo Arizona (KTAZ) in Phoenix, AZ, is currently seeking an Assignment Editor. The successful candidate will assist in the efficient operation of the assignment desk. He/she will also assist in the production of newscasts, and when required, will produce these shows.
• Responsible for the Assignment Desk.
• Assemble the daybook on i-news listing story ideas and daily newsworthy events.
• Monitor police and emergency scanners and electronic/printed sources for news and disseminate the information to appropriate newsroom personnel.
• Coordinate interviews and logistics for field crews.
• Facilitate the news gathering process and ensure comprehensive coverage of all news stories across all of platforms, including, but not limited to broadcast, digital and web.
• Collaborate with producers, anchors, reporters, photographers and other station personnel on a daily basis, to maximize resources and provide the best coverage during breaking news coverage and/or weather &emergency situations.
• Participate in editorial meetings; develop interesting story ideas using strong editorial judgment.
• Develop enterprise story ideas consistent with the news brand.
• Cultivate contacts important to news coverage in the Phoenix & Tucson areas, including law enforcement.
• Establish working relationships with Public Information Officers for updates on significant events and incidents.
• Follow other local news channels to monitor their news coverage.
• Produce & Assist with undercover special projects during sweeps.
• Cooperate with and support news and online platforms as assigned.
• Publishing of online content when required.
• Plan news coverage as directed by news management.
• Perform other duties as needed and as directed by news management.
• Keep news managers and producers informed on progress of new stories.
• Answer phones and take notes on viewer calls for possible story leads.
• Produce newscast when required.

• Experience in the Phoenix market and familiarity with Tucson Area audience and communities is preferred.
• Bachelor's degree in communications or in a related field.
• Prior experience as assignment editor, assignment manager, or other related experience.
• Solid news judgment, strong writing and research skills.
• Experience using online and social media resources as news researching tools (Accurint, LexisNexis, Facebook, etc.)
• Experience with newsroom computer applications.
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems, prioritize decisions, act decisively and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently in a high pressure, breaking news, environment.
• Basic understanding and demonstration of solid editorial judgment and journalistic ethics, including a current knowledge of laws of libel, slander and applicable FCC rules and regulations.
• Thorough understanding satellite operations and microwave newsgathering technologies.
• Good collaborative and interpersonal skills to communicate at all levels.
• Bilingual: Spanish and English; both written and verbal.
• Understanding of emerging news production techniques and technology.
• Works well in a fast-paced, team environment.
• Works as needed when determined by news management.

• Must have a flexible schedule with ability to work any of a 24x7 shift and willingness to work long hours, weekends and holidays with short notice.
• Must be willing to work in Phoenix, AZ station.
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License.
• Applicants must submit a resume/CV through to be considered.

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