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Assignment Desk Manager

Company: Nexstar Media Group
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:

KTXL-FOX40, the Nexstar station in Sacramento, seeks an experienced Assignment Desk Manager with outstanding news instincts, a passion to win and the organizational and problem-solving skills to elevate our daily coverage.

The ideal candidate knows how to dig deeper, brings an investigative mindset to our content-gathering.

You should have the expertise to deploy our resources with maximum effectiveness and efficiency, while motivating our team to break news, build sources and up their game.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee Assignment Desk operations, with a focus on always being a step ahead and ready for any challenge
  • Supervise Assignment Editors, providing specific direction and feedback
  • Bring additional structure and accountability to our newsgathering
  • Organize the daily "news-discovery" process by pro-actively searching for ideas, while helping others do the same
  • Cast a wide net for relevant, timely content, encouraging a culture of curiosity
  • Collaborate with others to make daily content choices and assignments, including scheduled events, spot news and enterprise stories
  • Assist in the planning of future coverage, whether the next day, next week or next month
  • Guide our journalists on all platforms in researching, vetting and developing stories, both day-of and for later air/publication
  • Arrange and supervise video feeds from a variety of sources; utilize various file-sharing platforms to gather video
  • Scrutinize local and regional resources, media and professional contacts for potential stories
  • Effectively monitor local law enforcement and public safety agencies for breaking stories and other newsworthy information
  • Find user-generated content and secure permission for use, while following and communicating Rights and Clearances restrictions

    Skills & Requirements:

    • College degree with several years of major market experience, preferably local
    • Strong logistical skills and the ability to effectively navigate the local and regional area
      • Must be decisive, forward-thinking and possess excellent news judgment, with emphasis on stories that are interesting and compelling on television
      • Strong organizational skills, able to multi-task under extreme deadline pressure
      • Excellent communicator, both verbal and written
      • Competitive, with a sense of urgency, setting the tone and pace of Assignment Desk operations
      • Working knowledge of the issues, lifestyles and cultures that are unique to the Sacramento market
      • Familiarity with local and state government from cities and counties to California agencies, departments and bureaucracy

        Compensation - $67,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience and skill level

Keywords: Nexstar Media Group, Sacramento , Assignment Desk Manager, Executive , Sacramento, California

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