Cox Enterprises - Dayton, OH

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The Desk Investigator—Social Media Web Producer is key to CMGO’s drive to be the first and foremost local news source. As a member of the Breaking News Team, their role is to serve as the main point of communication on daily breaking stories. This person monitors scanners, social media, and other accounts for possible content, answers caller questions, organizes daily breaking news stories in the Avid I-News content management system, and dispatches First Responders/Reporters when stories break. They are skilled multi-taskers, who work quickly to gather information from field crews, write breaking news, and post initial breaking news stories to applicable TV/radio/print wired websites via Newsengin. They also alert all platforms to breaking news in our coverage areas. They will continue to update the story as information develops and pictures/video are provided.


Displays a strong sense of urgency, high energy and tenacity to handle breaking news.
Displays ability to work under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
Displays ability to use technology, including monitoring live Rangecast scanners, traffic cameras and weather radar for breaking news and weather conditions.
Sends breaking news alerts to internal staff/off property breaking news teams.
Displays ability to provide call-in updates to use on air for radio.
Possesses knowledge of police codes on scanners.
Confirms scanner traffic via phone with dispatchers, makes systematic beat check calls.
Possesses sound news judgment.
Displays the ability to write quickly and concisely for digital media.
Writes first web updates and adds first photos, alerts digital team to video
Uses Tweetdeck to monitor various social media accounts and tweets breaking news for WHIO
Monitors and listens to Rangecast scanners
Uses time effectively, efficiently, meeting deadlines and producing an acceptable volume of work.
Is flexible in shift starting times and work locations.
Displays the ability to communicate effectively with community contacts and excel at developing relationships and trust with contacts and sources.
Stays in constant communication with team members.
Quickly disperses information to the Breaking News Team.
Collaborates effectively with others.
Handles other assignments as needed, showing flexibility and adaptability.


Bachelor’s degree preferred or at least 1 year of professional media experience preferred.
Requirements may change over time depending on technology and company priorities.

Closing Statement

Cox Media Group Ohio is the area’s leading single, integrated media organization. This organization is comprised of WHIO-TV’s Channel 7, the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, Hamilton JournalNews, Middletown Journal, Cox Ohio’s Southwestern Ohio weekly newspapers, our commercial printing and mail operations and Cox radio stations in Dayton (WHIO AM and FM, WHKO and WZLR). Cox was started in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox. Cox Media Group Ohio is a unit of Cox Enterprises.
Cox Media Group Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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