Assignment Manager

WLWT Hearst Television - Full Time

Job #22604


WLWT News 5, the Hearst owned NBC affiliate has an opening for a self-motivated Assignment Manager to lead our assignment desk and daily newsgathering effort in Cincinnati. Ideal candidate will be a highly-organized person with strong leadership skills and managerial abilities.

  Job Responsibilities:
  • Monitoring radio/scanners/social media for breaking news
  • Coordinating and dispatching reporters and photographers in the field
  • Maintaining court files and future event planning
  • Set news coverage priorities by following the strategic news plan and breaking news coverage plans
  • Gather information on stories by cultivating sources within official channels.
  • Develop sources and generate story ideas
  • Contribute to the station???s digital platforms and help ensure our website has the latest content available
  • Collaborate with other management to maintain and facilitate newsroom-wide communications systems and workflows
  • Coach assignment editors on news gathering and digital responsibilities


Experience Requirements:
  • Must have experience listening to police scanners.
  • Must be strongly versed in social media for both posting and news gathering purposes.
  • Familiar with local newsgathering technology and terminology.
  Qualifications Requirements:
  • Applicant will have strong people and phone skills as well as the ability to work in a team atmosphere. A strong emphasis on Breaking News is our culture so the ideal candidate must be open and willing to embrace the strategic mission.
  • Must be highly organized.
  • Have the ability to work multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to foster and maintain professional working relationships with newsmakers.
  • Have the ability to gather information from multiple sources simultaneously and quickly push it out to anchors, reporters, producers and digital editors.
  • Must have a sense of urgency and be able to thrive in a high pressure breaking news and weather environment.
  • Be able to remain calm and level-headed during breaking news situations.
  • Must have excellent communication skills.
  • Must have advanced knowledge of digital platforms, especially social media.
  • Successful candidate will be required to contribute to all digital platforms, as well as monitor multiple social media accounts in order to gather content and communicate with news makers.
  • Willing to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and nights (on occasion).
  • College degree in Broadcast Journalism, or related field (preferred)
  • Military training and experience will be considered


Broadcasting, Journalism