Meteorologist/Digital Journalist - Spectrum Networks Maine

Full Time United States - Maine - Portland Posted 04/30/2021 Areas of interest: Content Development, News Requisition Number: 280775BR NJR311
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 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: The Meteorologist/Digital Journalistrole is responsible for forecasting, writing articles, and creating video features about Maine weather for Spectrum News digital platforms. In addition, this person will also be responsible for producing environmental stories about Maine, including, but not limited to, articles and videos about the outdoor life and activities in Maine. The goal is to create impactful and compelling content for users throughout Maine.

  • Produce written, video, photo, graphic, and audio weather content to provide context and understanding of Maine weather patterns and impacts on app users’ lifestyle.
  • Prepare and deliver daily forecast articles for digital platforms.
  • Gather and accurately interpret meteorological information.
  • Work within design programs like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, WSI graphics, and Infographic programs to produce high quality digital visuals to accompany content.
  • Operate Adobe CQ5 and Experience Manager content management system for publication of stories.
  • Rely on knowledge of HTML, CSS, web scripting and FTP to drive efficiencies.
  • Collaborate with the national digital weather team to produce compelling local weather coverage that is in alignment with the digital weather strategy.
  • Adeptly cover live severe weather coverage under extremely dynamic high pressure situations.
  • Support coverage of significant weather events, including working extra hours and days outside of normally scheduled shifts.
  • Research, pitch, enterprise, write, capture quality visual content, edit news stories and produce creative, original and compelling own stories for multiple platforms.
  • Organize material, determine angle or emphasis and write stories accordingly.
  • Combine video, audio and graphics to tell the story effectively.
  • Must attain and maintain professional appearance determined by department head.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills/Abilities and Knowledge
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Knowledge of synoptic meteorology, tropical, and radar meteorology
  • Ability to disseminate complex meteorological information in a usable and understandable manner
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate within Spectrum Networks
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and interact with all personnel within the organization
  • Strong story development skills and ability to edit stories is necessary
  • Requires adaptability, enthusiasm, initiative and a positive approach to problem solving
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work rapidly and accurately
  • Knowledge of HTML and broad-based computer applications is strongly preferred
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop and Adobe Premiere
  • Ability to anticipate situations, meet strict deadlines, organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm in dealing with breaking weather news and high-stress situations
  • Working knowledge of TV weather graphics systems
  • Working knowledge of general office computer software, newsroom software and basic non-linear editing systems preferred
  • Exceptional on-camera skills
  • 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 Meteorology
  • National Weather Association (NWA) and/or the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal preferred
  • 2 + Experience forecasting and presenting weathercasts
  • Experience working in a 24 hour news channel preferred
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

For more information on Spectrum’s benefits, please click here.
The health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us. Spectrum has adopted virtual mobile recruiting tools that allow us to continue meeting new candidates. We look forward to “virtually” meeting you.

The Spectrum brands (including Spectrum Networks, Spectrum Enterprise and Spectrum Reach) are powered and innovated by Charter Communications. Charter Communications reaffirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities for employment and advancement to qualified employees and applicants. Individuals will be considered for positions for which they meet the minimum qualifications and are able to perform without regard to race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.

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