Assignment Manager

JOB TITLE: Assignment Manager
DEPARTMENT: News
REPORTS TO: Assistant News Director
SUPERVISES OTHERS?: Yes
FSLA STATUS: Exempt (Salary)

Please apply online at https://gray.tv/careers#currentopenings

To learn more about KTUU, watch our video: http://www.ktuu.com/content/stationjobs/What-its-like-to-work-for-KTUU-406566725.html

JOB SUMMARY:
The Assignment Manager is responsible for recognizing, assigning and coordinating all broadcast coverage needs, including supervising all reporters and field crews while on assignment and approving reporter/producer broadcast scripts for air daily. The Assignment Manager assists reporters and producers with story development and structure, and coordinates all logistics as coverage needs demand, including planning and coordination for coverage needs, booking travel and communication with crews while on assignment.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Lead and participate in editorial and futures planning meetings
• Coordinate with Multimedia Content Manager for coordinated broadcast and online coverage
• Special emphasis on working with reporters and producers on story treatment
• Dispatch news teams to breaking news and all coverage assignments, as needed
• Create, gather, develop, confirm, and set up news coverage using multiple resources and all digital platforms
• Copy edit newscast scripts and reporter stories as well as copy for digital platforms, as needed
• Track and communicate development of news stories and events
• Prioritize daily broadcast assignments to best meet department goals
• Post assignments in newsroom, providing specific details and updates for all assignments
• Manage logistics for all coverage assignments, as needed
• Answer telephone calls and emails from the public and viewers
• Generate and pitch story ideas
• Maintain planning calendar
• Fill in for Multimedia Content Manager, as needed
• Collaborate with network assignment desks and other affiliates via phone and email, as needed
• Upload and share video with field teams, affiliates, sister stations and/or the Network, as requested
• Post and update stories on the station’s digital platforms and social media sites
• Communicate directly with the digital team during breaking news
• Offer positive leadership as a member of the news management team, working to continue the strategic and budgetary goals of the news department
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned
• Work morning, evening, weekends, or holidays, as required

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 5+ years of newsroom experience; management experience is a plus
• Bachelor’s degree; Communications, Journalism, or related field required
• Valid driver’s license with a good driving record
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrate solid news judgment
• Maintain strong journalistic ethics; maintain professional and ethical conduct at the station and in the community
• Strong initiative and attention to detail
• Extensive knowledge of news gathering operations and procedures
• Advanced level knowledge newsroom software (ENPS)
• Strong research skills, including conducting online research using various search engines
• Ability to stay current with national and local news/weather
• Advanced knowledge of social media & digital platforms
• Knowledge of television market, geography and issues
• Ability to maintain multiple modes of communication and coordinate multiple issues during breaking news and other stressful situations
• Ability to work independently with little supervision
• Ability to remain positive and foster a positive work environment
• Willing to work flexible hours and work well with coworkers

ABOUT THE STATION:
Over 60+ years, KTUU-TV has built a reputation of excellence as Alaska’s most-watched news source, producing 22 hours of local news content each week. The brand inspires confidence, loyalty and trust with both our audience and clients. The business community views us as reliable and effective. Channel 2 News is committed to providing news to the consumer, wherever and whenever they consume news: on-air, on the web, via news and weather apps, and full newscasts on mobile. That distribution is extended by simulcast of news on KFQD radio in Anchorage, on the NBC stations in Juneau and Sitka, and to over 240 communities in Alaska via the Alaska Rural Communications System (ARCS), rural cable systems, and satellite system delivery.

To learn more about KTUU, watch our video: http://www.ktuu.com/content/stationjobs/What-its-like-to-work-for-KTUU-406566725.html

ABOUT GRAY TELEVISION:
Gray Television supports local community interests by providing quality television broadcasting and exceptional service in each market we serve. We own and operate leading media outlets in over 50 markets throughout the country – all delivering the news, weather, sports and entertainment that millions of our neighbors count on every day. We are an unmatched broadcast pioneer that keeps getting bigger and better.
We constantly strive for excellence. Through upgrading to the latest technology and seeking new ways to stay on top in our markets, we focus on training and development of the best and brightest employees in the business.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Please apply online at https://gray.tv/careers#currentopenings

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