Western Mass News is owned and operated by Meredith Corporation. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.
Meredith's Local Media Group includes 17 owned or operated television stations reaching 11 percent of U.S. households. Meredith's portfolio is concentrated in large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the nation's Top 25 including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland and 13 in Top 50 markets. Meredith's stations produce 700 hours of local news and entertainment content each week, and operate leading local digital destinations.
We are looking for a dynamic reporter to join our team.
The Reporter develops, writes and reports daily news stories and events and presents information live or on tape. This position coordinates with assignment desk producers. The reporter gathers, packages and brokers information about a news topic to the general public.
Essential Job Functions:
50% - Develops, writes, reports and edits video news stories from concept to finish. Researches and compiles information into a written story that is ready for on-air delivery. Generates enterprise story ideas, cultivates news sources and remains knowledgeable regarding places, events and people in the news.
30% - Provides daily story notes outlining ideas for future stories. Passes along facts concerning ongoing projects. Provides progress reports on story checks. Shares information relating to upcoming events, meetings or story developments. Presents news stories or reports via on air, live from the set, live remotes or live indoor locations in a professional and polished manner.
10% - Maintains contacts within business community to report promptly on new or continuing events.
10% - Serves as community ambassador for the news department. Responds to concerns of viewers. Makes personal appearances on behalf of the station. Attends station sponsored promotion events as scheduled.
Education Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, Communications or related field or equivalent training and/or experience
Experience Three years' experience in print or broadcast journalism. Experience reporting news at a commercial television station preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to blend words and video into interesting and informative television news stories
Must possess advanced understanding of legal and ethical issues impacting journalism
Advanced knowledge of the locale, governing bodies, demographics and public figures
Ability to edit stories as necessary
Ability to accept direction from assignment desk and management
Strong initiative and self-motivation to create news stories
Ability to perform quality work in high-pressure deadline situations
Able to balance between planning ahead and getting results
Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must possess valid Driver's License
Travel Required: Approximately 50% - extensive local travel to news locations
Meredith Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer