Full Time Job

Journalist, Race & Culture Unit

Walt Disney Television

Durham, NC 11-20-2020
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

Journalist, Race & Culture Unit (Walt Disney Television)

The ABC Owned Television Stations is seeking to hire multi-skilled journalists to cover the Race and Culture beat in our 8 local markets. Each journalist must be a passionate storyteller, brilliant multi-platform content creator, effective communicator and proven collaborator.

The multi-skilled journalists will be based at each of the OTV stations (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno) and work directly with the newsroom management teams and decision makers to select and create content. The journalists will be part of the editorial decision-making process as it relates to story assignments, sourcing subjects featured in stories and developing community relationships to expand the diversity of voices included in our storytelling. Each journalist may be assigned specific beats with a goal of local and national distribution of the content across all OTV platforms. In addition, journalists will work closely with the ABC News Race & Culture Unit to identify areas of collaboration.

In addition, the journalists will work across the group and meet daily with the Executive Producers of Race & Culture to identify mission appropriate topics, stories and series for journalistic exploration and match with content creators throughout the organization.

Responsibilities:
• Lead and facilitate diversity & inclusion editorial discussions in your respective newsrooms.
• The ideal candidates will be responsible for offering creative and innovative ideas for better story-telling as well as have the ability to work under deadline. They will also collaborate with other stations and teams for joint projects or special features and brainstorm different story angles and ways to increase social media presence. Understanding of digital platforms and social media preferred.

Basic Qualifications:
• 5 years of journalism experience; Significant experience producing longform content
• Must have the proven ability to take a story from concept to completion, including researching, interviewing, shooting, producing, writing, editing and presenting across all platforms
• Significant reporting experience and sources in the area of Race & Culture
• Candidates must be able to effectively manage story assignments and production in addition to collaborating with the Race & Culture Executive Producers and multiskilled journalists across OTV's 8 markets
• Insatiable curiosity - you just have to dig deeper to find the truth
• Strong editorial judgement
• Tenacity to pitch the stories you believe in
• Experience performing well under pressure
• A pro at social media and other digital tools

Required Education
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

This position is with WTVD Television, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

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