Full-Time Assignment Editor

Hearst Television, Lancaster, PA USA

The story is yours!

Duration: Full-Time

WGAL, the Hearst Television NBC affiliate in Lancaster, PA, has an opening for a full-time assignment editor. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with newsgathering experience. The successful candidate has excellent organizational and communication skills. Our assignment editors find community enterprise stories as well as taking the lead on breaking news.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Listen to multiple police scanners which cover dozens of agencies throughout our market.
  • Monitor social media for story ideas and news tips.
  • Gather and organize press releases, emails, phone calls and viewer tips. Take initiative and decide which of the above will yield compelling content for newscasts.
  • Assist news management with content gathering and planning.
  • Assist producers, digital editors and reporters with story gathering.
  • Keep track of crews in the field and maintain communication with them.
  • Furnish content and post to all digital platforms—including but not limited to sending push alerts, Twitter and Facebook posts.

Experience Requirements:

  • Experience listening to police scanners is beneficial.
  • Advanced knowledge of digital platforms, especially social media is important. Successful candidate will monitor multiple social media accounts in order to gather content and communicate with news makers.
  • Local newsgathering technology and terminology is a plus.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Will need to be highly organized.
  • Have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Should be able to foster and maintain professional working relationships with newsmakers.
  • Will gather information from multiple sources simultaneously and quickly communicate it to anchors, reporters, producers, and digital editors.
  • A sense of urgency and the ability to thrive in a high-pressure breaking news and weather environment is needed.
  • Will need the ability to remain calm and level-headed during breaking news situations.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential.
  • A willingness to be flexible with schedule and work shifts including weekends, nights and holidays are important.


  • College degree in broadcast journalism, broadcast news, or related field is a plus.
  • Military training and experience in related field will be heavily considered.

Additional Requirements

As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Television requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law. 

About Hearst Television

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way – you’ve got a lot to look forward to as your unique career story unfolds.

Hearst Television, a subsidiary of Hearst, owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.

Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies. It has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and industry innovation, including the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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