Full Time Job

Weekend Anchor


Fayetteville, AR 03-17-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

KNWA-TV and KFTA-TV, the NBC and FOX affiliates in Northwest Arkansas, are looking for an experienced journalist to serve as Weekend Anchor!

We need a hands-on anchor/reporter who is ready to lead by example. You must be a team player and community-minded.

Leadership is a must! As the Weekend Anchor, you'll be expected to lead by example and work with managers to develop an impactful weekend coverage plan across all platforms, while leading and motivating the weekend team. You will produce and anchor newscasts, write stories and approve scripts. You will serve as an MMJ Reporter and fill-in anchor during the week.

The Weekend Anchor must maintain an on-air persona that is friendly, energetic and authoritative, exhibit urgency every day, particularly during breaking news, and have a high-level of engagement on all social media platforms.

Applicants should have at least two years of professional on-air anchoring experience and/or professional reporting experience. Producing experience is preferred.
Overall, we're looking for an experienced, hard-working journalist with a positive attitude and a team-oriented, leadership nature who can connect with viewers and tell impactful stories across Northwest Arkansas .

Northwest Arkansas is a rapidly growing and vibrant community filled with rolling hills, rivers, lakes and Fortune 500 company headquarters. Many high-end business industries call NWA home, and they bring in some of the best talent in their fields. Cost of living is low, and quality of life is high. Add in our world-class museums, performing arts centers, major sporting venues, amazing concerts, fantastic foodie destinations and tons of community-centric events, and Northwest Arkansas can't be beat!

In fact, U.S. News ranks Fayetteville eighth best place to live in the country! http://realestate.usnews.com/places/arkansas/fayetteville
Our newsroom is forward-thinking and built on a strong emphasis of positive reinforcement, feedback, growth and development of talent, and a desire to win. We are consistently winning awards from our local audiences for our commitment to our community and our service-centered sense of duty.

Whether you're looking for a place to settle in or a place to equip yourself and launch into that ''big step'' – we have a proven track record of providing both outcomes.
*Must include a link to online reel when applying in order to be considered.

Job Duties
• Present news stories and other content for all platforms.
• Ensure all news content meets company standards for journalistic integrity and production quality.
• Work with management to enterprise and develop stories daily.
• Evaluate news leads and tips to develop story ideas.
• Build a network of sources who supply information that allows the Station to stay ahead of its competitors.
• Write and deliver news stories in a clear and concise manner.
• Demonstrate compelling storytelling using dynamic live shots and stand-ups, creative graphics, and use of digital and social media platforms
• Communicate clearly and respectfully with management and team members.
• Assist in writing, copy editing, researching and coordinating news programming and other content.
• Coach and mentor young talent.
• Act as a field reporter as assigned.
• Conduct interviews with news personnel and others.
• Respond to breaking news and other urgent newsrooms situations as required.
• Participate in promotional activities including public appearances and community volunteer opportunities.
• Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
• Edit video clips as assigned.
• Write content for the website and other digital platforms.
• May produce newscasts.
• Interact with viewers/users on social media sites.
• Promote teamwork and maintain attitude of cooperation with all station personnel.

Requirements & Skills:
• Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
• Fluency in English.
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written with the ability to ad lib when required.
• Minimum two years experience in news anchoring and/or on-camera news reporting.
• Superior on-air presence.
• Excellent news judgment with an expansive knowledge of local and national current events, history, newsmakers and issues.
• Experience guiding, directing and motivating others.
• Ability to identify the developmental needs of others and to coach, mentor or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills.
• Proficiency with computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines and other office equipment.
• Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to effectively listen to fully understand problems and communicate with a team to shape a solution.
• Valid driver's license with a good driving record.
• Flexibility to work any shift.

Company Profile

Nexstar Media Group is America’s largest local television and media company with 196 full power stations (including partner stations) in 114 markets addressing nearly 63% of US television households and a growing digital media operation.