Spectrum

Multimedia Journalist, Sports - Spectrum Networks - Orlando, FL

Spectrum

July 31, 2021

Spectrum Networks is looking for enthusiastic, talented and driven individuals to join the best and brightest in gathering, producing and delivering stories that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment! Our commitment is to engage viewers with relevant, timely news that's important to the local communities we serve.
Who we are: Spectrum Networks is a series of 27 hyper-local news and 9 regional sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. Spectrum Networks seeks to provide the most essential local news and information, cultivating relevant and thoughtful conversations that foster informed and engaged communities.
The Environment: Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network which requires employees who are flexible and available to work various shift, including early morning, late evenings, weekends and holidays.
Being on our team means … You’re ready to inspire and be inspired! You’re passionate, creative and highly technical, driven to flourish in a competitive, fast-paced environment. You're fiercely accurate, with a desire to leverage your knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories to viewers in our local communities. You're nimble, having the ability to pivot in an ever-changing workflow. You are a team player with a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills. You have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.
What we’re looking for:
The Multimedia Journalist (MMJ) is responsible for researching, developing, writing, editing, shooting and delivering live as well as package only presentation of sports stories on deadline for on air, on line and social media. Must have strong story telling skills and on camera skills and working knowledge of the major sports including football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Contribute to special features and stories. Participate in coordinating coverage of major news stories, breaking news and specials. Must be able to develop sources, work a beat, and break stories. Must be able to operate independently.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience.
  • Research, pitch, enterprise, write, capture quality visual content, edit news stories and produce creative, original and compelling own stories for multiple platforms.
  • Develop and cultivate a wide network of sources within the community and establishes a community presence outside of the newscast.
  • Generate original story ideas and develop fresh angles/perspectives and enterprise pieces for the stories of the day and responsible for development of news stories from conception to completion.
  • Produce original content for an assigned newscast or news series.
  • Partner with legal team to ensure news content and materials meet legal requirements and help mitigate risk to the company.
  • Identify long and short-term story ideas, research and discover the content and set up interviews.
  • Research and verify information for original news stories by being resourceful in using beat sources, contacts and leaders and verifying facts.
  • Deliver news reports, including live ad-lib and recorded reports while demonstrating energy, confidence, professional appearance and voice quality.
  • Report within assigned deadlines.
  • Organize material, determine angle or emphasis and write stories accordingly.
  • Combine video, audio and graphics to tell the story effectively.
  • Work with assignment desk editors and production staff and independently in the newsgathering process.
  • Responsible for representing channel in a professional manner.
  • Craft smart, appealing and accurate headlines.
  • Strategically engage in social media.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
Skill/Abilities and Knowledge
  • Skills/Abilities and Knowledge
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Strong story development skills to submit original story ideas on a daily basis
  • Excellent news judgement and driven by the 24-hour news cycle
  • Ability to edit stories as necessary
  • Live shot experience required
  • Ability to develop sources, work a beat, and break stories
  • Strong on-camera skills
  • Experience with bonded cellular technology
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and work under time pressure deadline
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; ability to clearly communicate solutions
  • Ability to interface with internal company personnel
  • Ability to handle breaking news on-air
  • Proven ability to report live stories
  • Ability to shoot video
  • Must be a self-motivated and have the ability to build relationships
  • Must have editing skills
  • Must be adept at social media
  • Must use curiosity and have a sense of urgency to build compelling stories about the local community and community members
  • Requires adaptability, enthusiasm, initiative and a positive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to drive a company vehicle to and from assigned location while obeying all traffic laws
  • Valid driver’s license for authorized driving in the State of residence
Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Communications or related field or comparable television work experience preferred.
  • 3 Years of Television News Reporting Experience

Our Culture: Every employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication (despite pressure), openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn, and an overall positive attitude! Roles may require the following:
  • Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
  • Varying schedule due to, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirements
  • Provide 24x7, 365 days per year, on-call support. May entail phone or physical presence at the facility for equipment failure or other disasters. This includes, but is not limited to equipment and power failures, loss of contracted services, storms or severe weather, and schedule conflicts
  • Participation in an established on-call rotation
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distances
  • Local travel in company car and may require additional trips for special assignments

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