Southwest Virginia's News Leader, WDBJ7 in Roanoke, is searching for a Reporter to join our news team.
Responsibilities: The Reporter is responsible for developing, investigating, writing and reporting stories of interest. Must generate story and source contacts, and enterprise stories on a daily basis. Delivers reports of high visual and ethical standards, using creative ideas and live-news capabilities.
Essential Functions: • Research, gather, and provide news and information in the most accurate, appealing, timely and creative way using all sources • Enterprise hard-news, research-driven pieces under tight deadlines • Develop and maintain sources of information and knowledge about assignments • Write and produce stories for daily newscasts and website • Post and regularly update stories and other material on the web• Conduct interviews in the field and on-set • Report “live” on the scene • Must update social media sites daily, including Facebook, to report stories and interact with viewers • Participate in story selection process through meetings, regularly contribute story ideas • Enterprise, produce, and edit packages • Demonstrate solid news judgment, collaborate with others to present the story in the best way • Shoot video and work as multi-media journalist as required • Communicate with the web staff and other appropriate staff members during breaking news • Writes and post website stories prior to airing of the television version • Work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed • Make regular beat checks • Represent the station at public events • Produce daily one reporter package and one vo/sot/vo or other contribution on a different story • Perform other job related duties as assigned
Experience: • 1-3 years of reporting experience • Experience with cameras and/or editing a plus
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Excellent live reporting skills required, ability to ad-lib during breaking news • Ability to do active and involved live shots and standups • Strong on-camera presentation skills required • Excellent interview and communication skills • Must be able to write in a clear, concise, and conversational manner • Strong research skills, including the ability to navigate online search engines • Strong initiative and attention to detail is required • Basic computer knowledge including newsroom software, Microsoft applications and Internet use • Ability to work well with others and independently with limited supervision • Basic knowledge of newsroom software such as I-News • Demonstrate solid news judgment and journalistic ethics • Must possess web writing skills and basic knowledge of web posting software • Basic knowledge of social media • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving in a manner that will work well with co-workers, supervisors, and customers • Must enterprise hard-news, research-based stories at daily news meetings • Stay current with national and local news/weather • Ability to operate ENG cameras • Meet tight deadlines and work well under pressure • Must have the desire to be at work during big breaking news, weather coverage and special event coverage
Education: • College degree is required. Journalism or related field is preferred.
Licensing/Certifications: • Must hold a valid driver’s license and a good driving record
Working Conditions: • Ability to lift and carry 10 – 25 lbs. for short distances. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to walk, stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk and hear. • Exposure to atmospheric conditions will be encountered. Significant work in all weather conditions is to be expected • Schedule changes should be expected
Schurz Communications, Inc. - 19 months ago