Part Time Reporter/First Responder I

Dayton, Ohio
Jul 09, 2019
News & Journalism
Metro Area
Full Time
Title: Multi Media First Responder—Part Time

First responders play a key role in CMGO’s quest to be the
first and foremost 24/7 local news source for breaking news, weather and
traffic coverage. First Responders must be nimble, flexible and quick-thinking,
and strive to be the first to safely arrive on the scene of breaking news. The
First Responder possesses the skills to obtain the most compelling visuals and
audio possible for use on television, in digital/mobile products and apps, on
radio and in print. They must possess news judgment to quickly assess a scene,
determine its newsworthiness, what elements to gather first, and clearly relay
that information to the Breaking News Team.  The First Responder must be a multi-tasker
with a keen sense of urgency required to meet the peak times and deadlines of all
platforms. First responders use multiple technology tools, programs and apps to
gather and provide: radio phoners/audio interviews, quick cell phone photos,
print-quality photographs, cell video for digital, live video and broadcast
quality video for television newscasts. The First Responder must be a calm,
professional, verbal communicator, not only with colleagues and managers, but
with members of the public, as the First Responder is a representative of our
brands. He or she will tackle assignments and work quickly under pressure.  


  • Displays
    a strong sense of urgency, high energy and tenacity to report on breaking news.

  • Displays
    ability to remain calm while working under pressure; the ability to perform and
    prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously to meet the needs of platforms.

  • Develops
    and nurtures important sources quickly, building relationships that result in

  • Works
    quickly to communicate with the Breaking News Team desk staff an assessment of
    a breaking news scene.

  • Works
    closely with breaking news staff to respond to assignments, but will often be self-directed.

  • Uses
    time effectively and efficiently, meeting deadlines and producing an acceptable
    volume of work for all platforms.

  • Is
    flexible in shift starting times and work locations.

  • Demonstrates
    ability to use technology to file content remotely required, including
    operating a Live U backup o app for live TV coverage, still camera for
    web/print, smartphone to send still pictures via email to the Breaking News
    Team, a recorder for interviewing witnesses and authorities, a hand-held
    scanner to monitor breaking news while out of the office, GPS and paper maps to
    navigate to scenes quickly.

  • Ability
    to edit audio and video for presentation on air or online.

  • Demonstrates
    voice/on-air presentation skills for giving initial live reports from the scene
    for radio and/or TV.

  • Geographical
    knowledge of Dayton streets and Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Preble, Darke,
    Champaign, Logan, Shelby, Mercer, Miami, Auglaize, Warren, Clinton and Wayne
    (Ind.) counties.

  • Possesses
    basic understanding of police procedure in Ohio.

  • Possesses
    understanding of access and libel laws in Ohio.

  • Possesses
    basic photography/videography skills or ability to learn them quickly.

  • Collaborates
    effectively with others and communicates in a friendly, productive manner

  • Handles
    other assignments as needed, showing flexibility and adaptability.

  • Understands
    traffic laws and the need to exercise safety in responding to any news scene.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s
    degree preferred and 1 year of professional or college media experience

  • Requirements
    may change over time depending on technology and company priorities.

  • Must
    be willing to work overnight or weekends

About Cox Media Group


Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers, and digital sites.  Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country’s biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. The company also offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly across all platforms.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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