Full Time Job

Assignment Editor

Fox TV Stations

Atlanta, GA 07-14-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Fox Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 29 stations in 18 markets and covering over 37% of US television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Seattle.


The Assignment Editor is multi-functional with responsibilities and skills in different areas. The position requires researching, developing, and gathering news leads and stories for newscasts from the newsroom's assignment desk or digital center. Must be able to quickly adapt and respond to rapidly changing and breaking news stories. Writing skills are essential as position must be able to write and publish stories on the station's website and social media outlets. Stays up to date on news events and topics of interest to viewers. Develops contacts across government, law enforcement and business communities as well as developing local community contacts to generate exclusive stories and follow-ups. Monitors social media and scanners for breaking news and makes decisions on coverage and best use of resources. Develops plans for coverage of scheduled news events including assignment of personnel, equipment and other logistical concerns. Provides frequent, concise and effective communication to staff. Assigns, dispatches, and coordinates reporter/photojournalist news teams, as well as live remote crews and LNS helicopter. Discusses the development and progress of news stories with newscast producers, technological support staff, and news managers. Monitors competing news websites and social media sites for story ideas and developments. Receives, evaluates and responds to news tips from viewers and others received by phone, email or social media messages.

Requirements: Must be able to work a flexible schedule as news events and staffing require. Ability to prioritize and work under daily deadline pressure. Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot. Excellent communication/organizational skills. Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university preferred. Minimum two years of experience in a commercial newsroom. Previous assignment desk experience required.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gmxq82-18-232-179-37-42 in your application.