JOB TITLE: Assignment Editor
REPORTS TO: News Director/Assignment Manager
Plans, prepares, and executes the station’s newsgathering functions, including both scheduled newsworthy events as well as ‘spot’ news and breaking stories. Helps decide and determine daily story assignments then dispatches reporters and photographers in the field. Directs and coordinates efforts to get these stories on the air. Assists reporters with researching, developing and setting up their stories. Assists writers, producers and web staff with gathering information and updating stories. Responsible for arranging and supervising video feeds. Scrutinizes a multitude of local resources, media and contacts for potential stories. Effectively monitors local law enforcement and public safety agencies for breaking stories.
College degree with several years of major market experience, preferably local. Must be decisive, forward thinking and possess excellent news judgment. Strong organizational skills required. Should have a working knowledge of the issues, lifestyles and culture that are unique to the southern California news market. Candidates also need strong logistical skills and the ability to effectively navigate the local landscape. Familiarity with local government, municipalities and jurisdictions is essential. Ability to effectively monitor local law enforcement agencies for breaking news is imperative. Must be able to work under pressure in a sometimes stressful work environment. Must be capable of interacting positively and productively with other employees.