Universal City, CA
NBC4 Los Angeles seeks an experienced Assignment Editor to join our award-winning news team.
Essential Duties / Responsibilities
Essential Responsibilities include: • Coordinate interviews and logistics for NBC4 field crews • Facilitate the news gathering process and ensure comprehensive coverage of all news stories across all of NBC4’s platforms, including but not limited to broadcast, digital and web • Participate in editorial meetings, develop interesting story ideas using strong editorial judgment • Develop enterprise story ideas consistent with the NBC4 news brand • Cultivate contacts important to news coverage in the Los Angeles area, including law enforcement • Monitor police and emergency scanners and electronic/printed sources for news and disseminate the information to appropriate newsroom personnel • Cooperate with and support NBC News, Newschannel and other NBC Owned Television stations • Coordinate and dispatch reporters, photographers, and newsgathering personnel to execute news coverage • Facilitate communication with production staff to ensure proper execution of daily newsgathering plans • Answer heavy phone call volume and research stories while successfully multitasking in a high pressure, tight deadline newsroom environment • Make sound editorial decisions and react aggressively to breaking news with or without management present • Contribute to online platforms as assigned
Skills / Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field, or equivalent work experience • Minimum 5 years’ experience working at an assignment desk in top 20 market Additional Desired Qualifications: • Excellent computer skills and experience in computer-assisted reporting • Experience in Los Angeles market and familiarity with Southern California audience and communities • 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 • Understanding of emerging news production techniques and technology
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