Full Time Job

Assignments Desk Editor


Mcallen, TX 05-19-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
• Assemble the daybook on i-news listing story ideas and daily newsworthy events
• Monitor police and emergency scanners and electronic/printed sources for news and disseminate the information to appropriate newsroom personnel
• Coordinate interviews and logistics for field crews
• Facilitate the news gathering process and ensure comprehensive coverage of all news stories across all of platforms, including, but not limited to broadcast, digital and web
• Collaborate with producers, anchors, reporters, photographers and other station personnel on a daily basis, to maximize resources and provide the best coverage during breaking news coverage and/or weather &emergency situations
• Participate in editorial meetings; develop interesting story ideas using strong editorial judgment
• Develop enterprise story ideas consistent with the news brand
• Cultivate contacts important to news coverage in the RGV areas, including law enforcement
• Establish working relationships with Public Information Officers for updates on significant events and incidents
• Produce & Assist with undercover special projects during sweeps. Includes recording interviews remotely and from the field.
• Cooperate with and support news and online platforms as assigned
• Publishing of online content when required
• Plan news coverage as directed by news management
• Perform other duties as needed and as directed by news management. Including producing broadcasts for air and digital.
• Keep news managers and producers informed on progress of new stories
• Answer phones and take notes on viewer calls for possible story leads
• Edit videos for broadcast & social media

• Experience in the McAllen market and familiar with the RGV audience and communities preferred
• Bachelor's degree in communications or in a related field
• Prior experience as assignment editor, assignment manager, or other related experience
• Solid news judgment, strong writing and research skills
• Experience using online and social media resources as news researching tools (Accurint, LexisNexis, Facebook, etc.)
• Experience with newsroom computer applications
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems, prioritize decisions, act decisively and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently in a high pressure, breaking news, environment
• Basic understanding and demonstration of solid editorial judgment and journalistic ethics, including a current knowledge of laws of libel, slander and applicable FCC rules and regulations
• Thorough understanding satellite operations and microwave newsgathering technologies
• Good collaborative and interpersonal skills to communicate at all levels
• Bilingual: Spanish and English; both written and verbal
• Understanding of emerging news production techniques and technology
• Works well in a fast-paced, team environment
• Works as needed when determined by news management
• Must have a flexible schedule with ability to work any of a 24x7 shift and willingness to work long hours and on weekends and holidays with short notice
• Must be willing to work in McAllen, TX
• Must be able to work in a fast paced environment
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
• Must be willing to submit to a background check
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must have a valid Driver's License and excellent driving record.

Desired Characteristics
• Ability to react quickly and urgently to breaking news
• Great phone etiquette, organizational skills, news judgement
• Strong English & Spanish reading, writing and speaking
• Good overall knowledge of the McAllen area and Hispanic community

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rz545n-34-236-187-155-42 in your application.