Political Reporter Spectrum Bay News 9

Spectrum Saint Petersburg , FL 33701

Posted 5 months ago

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: Spectrum Bay News 9 is looking for a political insider who not only knows, but lives, breathes and loves local and state level politics. Florida has long been and will continue to be a major player in politics. We're looking for someone willing to dig past the low-hanging fruit and find compelling ways to tell stories about the issues that really impact our lives. You'll get to live in one of the most highly desired and fastest growing cities in America, with world class attractions, a burgeoning arts scene and short drive to Florida's sandy beaches. This is not just a TV News job. We're looking at all candidates with deep knowledge and work experience relating to local and state politics. This position will focus on online/digital content first, while also contributing to the on-air product.

Candidates must have exceptional enterprising, storytelling and communication skills, be social media and technologically savvy, and have an insatiable love of politics. You should be a self-starter who is capable of working with a photographer, develop your own stories, build and maintain sources and write your own news reports for both digital and TV. You will need to be comfortable in front of a camera.

The Political Reporter will research, enterprise, develop, write and deliver live presentation of compelling, creative and original political news stories on a deadline. Capture quality visual political content and enterprise compelling, educational, and informative political stories to deliver on digital and on-air platforms with a focus on online/digital content. Participate in coordinating coverage of major political stories, breaking news and specials.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience

  • Generate original story ideas by conducting research, investigating, observing and developing fresh angles and enterprise pieces for the stories of the day

  • Approach stories and features by exercising editorial judgment, evaluating and assessing the content

  • Develop and cultivate a wide network of local and state political inside sources within the community and establish a community presence outside of the newscasts

  • Deliver news reports, including live ad-lib and recorded reports while demonstrating energy, confidence, professional appearance and voice quality

  • Pitch, enterprise, create and deliver compelling, original and creative news stories

  • Develop original content through independent sources

  • Enterprise original and hyper local community political stories

  • Identify long and short-term story ideas, research and discover content and set up interviews.

  • Write compelling news stories for our digital platforms, as well as assigned newscast or news series within assigned deadlines

  • Combine video, audio and graphics to tell the story effectively

  • Use live video to spotlight breaking news and high-interest events

  • Oversee the newsgathering process

  • Strategically engage in social media by initiating appropriate conversations with viewers

  • Work closely with Producers to enterprise and develop stories

  • Responsible for representing channel in a professional manner

  • Craft smart, appealing and accurate headlines

  • Organizes material, determines angle or emphasis and writes stories accordingly

  • Works cooperatively with photojournalist on assignment

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Skills/Abilities and Knowledge

  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English

  • Deep knowledge of Tampa Bay and Florida state politics, with ability to develop character-based story ideas on a daily basis

  • Excellent news judgment and driven by the 24-hour news cycle

  • Live shot experience a plus, but not required

  • Ability to develop sources, work the politics beat, and break stories

  • Preferred candidate is comfortable in front of a camera

  • 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

  • Video editing skills a plus

  • Familiarity with shooting video a plus

  • Must be adept at social media, use of mobile devices

  • Must be independent and collaborative

  • 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 Journalism, Communications, Political Science or related fields. Newspaper and academic work backgrounds will be considered

  • Television new reporting experience preferred

  • 5-10 years of experience in a Professional field relating to study of local/state politics

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

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