Part Time Job

News Desk Assistant


Portland, ME 05-04-2022
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  • Paid
  • Part Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
PT News Desk Assistant

WGME CBS 13/WPFO FOX 23 in Portland, Maine is a trusted brand providing Maine viewers with local news, weather, sports, entertainment, and social media content. We help grow the most talented people in television. You have the opportunity to work with a team filled with spirit, passion and imagination. We have an exciting opportunity for an aggressive, energetic and creative part time News Desk Assistant to support our newsroom on its daily operations.

Your responsibilities include:
• Gather news affecting the community; read local newspapers, news wires and the internet to know stories and updates at all times
• Assist in the efficient operation of the assignment desk
• Generate and develop news stories
• Monitor police, fire and other scanners; make calls to various public safety agencies and other news makers for possible news story leads
• Update daily news coverage rundown, assigning reporters by various specialties, where applicable, to the coverage of stories
• Update headlines on station website. Seek out and post video material to website, when needed
• Meet with reporters to get story suggestions and leads
• Maintain communication links with reporting staff and continue to follow news developments
• Other duties as assigned
• This position reports to the News Director

• Have sharp television news judgement and be able to monitor various platforms for breaking news and story ideas; scanners, viewer tips, phone calls, social media sources and other local and national news sources.
• Must be able to assess the importance of current events, react quickly and aggressively to breaking news and communicate effectively with staff members
• Must be forward thinker to assist in planning for future events
• Computer and word processing skills
• Minimum of 2 years experience at a commercial TV station and work in a fast paced environment
• Excellent communication skills

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gwb4p2-3-238-136-36-42 in your application.