General Assignment Reporter
CBS Television Stations
Responsible for the operation of the assignment desk during a shift. Must be able to meet deadlines in high stress breaking news situations. Must be able to multitask. Must be able to logistically dispatch crews efficiently. Typical duties include, but are not limited to, monitoring police/fire scanners for breaking news and working with the Assignment Manager and Managing Editor on story ideas and expanded coverage plans. Must be able to generate original stories and develop follow-ups, track social media for news gathering, update information in assignment desk I-news daybook, and maintain contact lists and story files. Develop new contacts with government agencies (city, state, federal), and public relations representatives. Applicants must be able to coordinate long-range coverage such as political campaign coverage, election night coverage, and travel-domestic or overseas. Understanding of video distribution and methods to move video via satellite, fiber, broadband etc. is a must. Assignment Editors at CBS3 must have a ''get it done attitude'' while maintain the utmost professionalism especially when working with CBS News, other CBS O&O's, and station affiliates to share content. Must be able to adjust schedule to accommodate sickness, vacations and operational needs of the station.
• Bachelor's or technical degree in broadcast journalism or related field.
• Minimum three years' experience in broadcast news with at least two years as an assignment editor in a major or medium market. Experience with I-news and desktop editing systems (Avid) a plus.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally with newsroom personnel and the public.
• Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task a must.