Job Opening Title: Senior Reporter/Anchor, WFSU-TV/The Florida Channel
Job ID: 53241
Posted Date: 2022-10-04
Close Date: Open until filled
Job Family: MEDIA
Department: WFSU Florida Channel

Job Description:

With offices and a studio located on the 9th floor of the state Capitol building in Tallahassee, FL, The Florida Channel (TFC) produces programming covering all three branches of state government and is Florida’s primary source for live, unedited coverage of the Governor and Cabinet, the Legislature, and the Supreme Court.  TFC programming is carried by PBS stations throughout Florida as one of their digital sub-channels and delivered statewide by satellite to other program distributors. Live streaming of as many as (14) simultaneous events and archived content are available online at thefloridachannel.org.

Responsibilities

Serves as a Senior Reporter for Capitol Update/News Brief, Producer/Reporter for Florida Crossroads, and other TFC Programming. Responsible for leading the production of story development for daily and weekly programs, gathering and analyzing information about newsworthy events, and assisting in proofreading content. Duties include but are not limited to being proactive in originating, researching, developing, and following through with ideas; writing clear and concise scripts on deadline; interviewing individuals (for on-air or background use) in a professional, independent manner; performing live shots, set shots, and standups; compiling information for graphics or other visual elements used to creatively and effectively complete a program or program segment. Ability to utilize social media and other news-gathering techniques to focus on initial development and ongoing contact with lawmakers, staff, policymakers, and other key sources critical to newsgathering. They are required to follow established guidelines and policies while striving to maintain TFC’s integrity and reputation.

Travel is required, and the ability to work a flexible schedule as needed.

Adheres to related timelines in order to ensure all standards, needs, and deadlines are met.

Functions as a primary anchor for Capitol Update and News Brief- responsible for life on-air delivery of daily news stories; works closely with the producer and other members of the production team; Maintains an awareness of assignments and content produced by all team members; manages time to effectively balance anchoring and production responsibilities; adheres to established guidelines and policy and recognizes and comports with the public responsibility an anchor role demands. 

Must demonstrate good organization and communication skills to carry out assignments with limited supervision and function professionally, independently, and creatively in the production environment.

Contributes to regularly occurring interstitial program segments and other programming formats. Establishes and maintains professional contacts with key Communications Directors in various agencies and departments. Adheres to and implements generally accepted creative and technical principles of broadcast production.

Provides production and administrative support, including but not limited to communicating the status of video elements among the production team, including producers and editors; running the teleprompter for various programs; and assisting front desk personnel with timely submission of requested/required information; and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, English, or a related area and a minimum of three years of appropriate experience in a professional newsroom environment. (Note: post-high school education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

  • Strong writing and research skills and proven experience writing news scripts on daily deadlines.
  • Strong interviewing skills and ability to combine sound & visual elements.
  • Ability to accurately process complex issues & create concise stories in a timely manner.
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to think creatively and carry out specific program concepts with limited supervision.
  • On-camera experience in a professional newsroom environment.
  • Attention to detail; effective time-management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team on tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral skills and ability to deal with fast-changing situations, are necessary, often in public.
  • Ability to contribute relevant ideas that result in content.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and travel as needed.
  • A valid Florida or Georgia driver’s license or the ability to obtain a license upon hire.

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