Full Time Job

Assignment Editor

Fox TV Stations

Chicago, IL 07-16-2021
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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.


WFLD is seeking an News Assignment Desk Editor to join our team. Responsibilities include researching and developing fresh story ideas into pitches, and news gathering for all our news platforms. The candidate must have the ability to respond to breaking news and verify information for television newscasts and digital platforms. Monitor news wire, police and fire scanners, and social media for breaking news. Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment; be able to multi-task, be a problem solver as well as a strategic thinker. The candidate will be responsible for assigning photographers and reporters to news stories and managing logistics as well. The ideal candidate is an energetic and effective communicator. Must have the ability to develop strong contacts with officials and sources in order to advance stories beyond a press release. The candidate will build relationships with Assignment Desks at FOX affiliates and coordinate breaking news coverage when necessary. The assignment editor also collaborates and shares content with FOX television units including but not limited to FOX Weather, FOX Soul and FOX Crime. Must be a strong competitor and track what the competition is doing. Must stay on top of the news locally, nationally and around the world. Must have strong social media skills. Must be technically savvy and computer literate. Other duties as deemed appropriate and assigned.


Four (4) year college degree with emphasis in Communications or Journalism preferred. Candidate must possess at least two (2) years prior Assignment Desk Editor experience or bachelor's degree in lieu of experience. Candidate must be able to work flexible hours, overnights, early mornings, late nights, weekends and holidays may be required. Must also possess excellent news judgement, strong sense of urgency in coverage decision -making and display an aggressive and competitive news gathering style.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gqoz79-3-236-84-188-42 in your application.