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Featured Morning News Reporter and fill-in Anchor - Spectrum News Syracuse

Date posted 01/19/2019 Requisition Number: 228582BR Location: United States - New York - Syracuse Area of Interest: Cable Television Production, Editorial, Network Television Production, News, Television/Programming Position Type: Full Time
Spectrum News Syracuse (Central New York) is available on channels 1 and 200 exclusively on Spectrum for customers in the Central New York region including Syracuse, Ithaca, Utica, Watertown, Binghamton, Elmira and surrounding areas in upstate New York. Spectrum News Syracuse provides its coverage area with 24-hour local news, politics, features and weather seven days a week. The network provides a separate, customized program feed for customers in New York’s Southern Tier.

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. The network is focused on the morning news, which means early mornings, but it also means primarily being off about noon

Being one 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 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.

Responsible for developing and producing news stories by investigating, interviewing, shooting, writing, editing, producing and reporting on a daily basis.

  • Live shot experience required
  • Candidate will be expected to provide a reel of their work
  • Using creativity and imagination, and exercising strong professional news judgment, gathers information, conducts interviews, shoots video, produces and reports assigned stories and events on a daily basis. Will primarily work alone to report, shoot and edit stories.
  • Functional to advanced knowledge in the use of field cameras, gear and editing systems. Must become proficient in photojournalism and video editing techniques.
  • Stories should be factually accurate, fair and balanced in content, and written in a clear and concise manner.
  • Obtains news information by developing sources and using research and interviewing skills. Conducts live or taped on-camera interviews.
  • Deals professionally with public, both official and non-official, in gathering and reporting news.
  • Maintains a strong familiarity with local and national news and issues of the day by reading newspapers and monitoring competition to the point that reporter can generally speak to issues credibly during breaking news situations. Maintains extensive knowledge of issues, events and newsmakers across Division viewing area.
  • Edits copy written by others and edits video to written copy.
  • Regularly adapts television scripts and files story for channel’s Internet site.
  • Meets all assigned production deadlines.
  • Contributes ideas for news stories, and participates in editorial meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • College degree in broadcast journalism or related field.
  • One year news experience required; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Television experience preferred.

  • Excellent writing skills, strong on-camera presence, diction and delivery of news copy are essential.
  • Ability to work under time pressure deadlines, strong computer skills and willingness to work unscheduled hours which may include evenings and weekends.
  • Familiarity with various studio and remote broadcasting equipment.
  • Must have or develop functional to advanced knowledge of common television newsgathering equipment including cameras, tripods, microphones, lighting and other field equipment.
  • Ability to operate news video editing systems, with functional knowledge of non-linear and/or desktop-based editing systems a plus.
  • Be available by pager for on-call responsibilities.
  • Must be willing to travel by ground or air.
  • Valid Driver’s License; will be operating company vehicle.
  • Must be able to function under considerable levels of stress and be able to manage multiple tasks.
  • Will periodically either be sitting, standing, walking, crouching, or stooping.
  • Must be able to use hands to finger, handle or feel, push and pull, reach with hands and arms and computer keyboard and mouse will be used continuously throughout the work day.
  • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds.
  • Must be able to hear and speak since both written and verbal communications are required on a regular basis.
  • Must have ability to recall, remember and maintain mental focus.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must be visually able to use a computer continuously throughout the work day.
  • Must be willing and able to work unscheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, particularly during breaking news.
  • Noise level is usually moderate, but can be loud.
  • The environment may be fast paced at times, requires the ability to rapidly accept change, requires the ability to handle multiple tasks and set priorities, and requires the ability to handle significant amounts of stress.
  • Will work inside and outside throughout the year and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to high, precarious places.
  • Will be assigned to work from a regional newsroom.
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:
  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time
  • Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
  • Varying schedule due to, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirements
  • Dexterity of hands, fingers to operate computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other compute components
  • 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 loss of staff members
  • Participate in an established on-call rotation
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distances
  • Local travel in company car and may require additional trips

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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