Full Time Job

News Reporter/ Producer


Madison, WI 06-04-2024
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

About WMTV:

WMTV serves south central Wisconsin. We are the #1 station-leading the market in news and weather coverage-- and we are recognized for sharing information with accuracy and immediacy on our digital platforms.

We work hard and take pride in getting it right. For four years in a row, we've been recognized as the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association ''News Operation of the Year'' (for coverage airing in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022). We hope for a 5-peat at the awards gala in May 2024!

What's better than working at the #1 station in the nation's #1 city? Join our award-winning team and live, work and play in a community that is consistently named one of the best places to live in America. We are just 1.5 hours from Milwaukee, 2.5 hours from Chicago and 5 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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Job Summary/Description:

The top candidate will be uniquely qualified to produce our weekend evening newscasts and report for three days as an MMJ. We are the top-rated and award-winning affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
• Work with a sense of immediacy independently and as a team. It is our culture.
• Develop sources within the community to gain unique, ''Only On'' insight and reports on timely, important and impactful issues. If you wait for the news to come to you, this is not the job for you. You are expected to find the impactful stories behind press releases and confirm news tips as they come into the newsroom.
• Write and post copy daily on all digital platforms as new information is learned and throughout your assigned shift. This includes copy for, social media, our news app, our digital desk and within our television newscasts.
• Execute a daily digital plan tailored to your daily assignments and long-term projects. This includes identifying opportunities for live streaming on our website, and getting breaking news to our News Now Desk.
• Produce engaging and error-free work.
• Understand our DMA, key target audiences, and where they live.
• The person we hire will be an innovator. You are willing to evolve and try new things. The way we've always done things no longer cuts it.
• Have the desire to win and the ability to reflect on your work and apply feedback.
• There is an opportunity for the right candidate to grow into anchoring and to back-up our veteran team when they are on vacation.

• We prefer a college degree in journalism or related field, and at least one or more years of newsroom or digital producing experience.
• Must have a desire to win, a positive attitude, and the ability to reflect on your work and apply feedback.
• Strong research skills, ability to employ critical thinking skills to dig and go ''beyond the press release'' and/or confirm incoming news tips via email or social media.
• Must be able to work quickly and multi-task under deadline pressure and breaking news.
• Ability to work long hours, weekends, and overnights for breaking news and specialized coverage.
• A strong candidate will have an established and responsible presence on digital platforms, including station website, social media, and OTT.
• Working knowledge of CMS and Digital platforms, including ARC, Social News Desk, and CrowdTangle. Photoshop experience is a plus.
• Understanding of and adherence to AP Style.
• Strong communication skills (written and verbal).

If you feel you're qualified and want to work with a great group of people go to, you may type in the job title, station call letters, or click on ''apply now'', upload your resume, cover letter, and references

(Current employees who are interested in this position can apply through the Gray-TV UltiPro self-service portal)

WMTV-TV/Gray Television, Inc. is a drug-free company

Gray Television encourages all new employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus virus before the first workday.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-ro7x11-3-236-116-27-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Gray Television supports local community interests by providing quality television broadcasting and exceptional service in each market we serve. Gray owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 93 television markets including the first or second highest rated television station in 85 markets. We are an unmatched broadcast pioneer that keeps getting bigger and better.