Assignment Desk Editor/Newswriter (KDTV)

Job Title:

Newswriter/Assignment Desk



Reports to:

Assistant News Director


San Jose, CA.



Job Number:

KDTV (19-10)

Position Summary

Assignment Desk Editor/Newswriter

Univision Communications is the premier Spanish language media company in the United States. The San Jose, CA. location is currently seeking a talented Newswriter/Assignment Desk. This is a combined position, which requires working directly with all news staff.  Newswriter duties include: translating English to Spanish, choosing and editing soundbites, reviewing video, reading, summarizing text into accurate, impactful, conversational news information; reading wire copy, research information, translate pictures and words into a general understanding of the topic for viewers. The position also has responsibility for all aspects of the news gathering process, creates daily rundown of stories, coordinates the news coverage, conducts morning and afternoon meetings with news staff to discuss daily coverage; arranges interviews, acts as liaison with other news organizations, community contacts and UTG assignment desks.   The Assignment Desk maintains constant beat checks to monitor wires, scanners and works the phones to cover news.  This position will also conduct News Producer functions such as writing for the newscast on-air product and social media platforms on an as-needed basis.

Required Skills & Experience:

•   Two years’ experience as a Writer in Spanish language in a Television News environment.

•   Must have excellent command of Spanish language, both written and spoken.

•   Must have the ability to work well and collaboratively with all station personnel.

•   Proof reads rundown and copy for accuracy prior to going on the air.

•    Position works together and collaboratively with the Assignment Editor as liaison between Producer, Photographers, and Reporters in the field.

•    Must have the ability and flexibility to work well under pressure in a very fast paced, deadline driven environment.

•   Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays.

•   Other duties as deemed necessary.

Desired Skills & Experience

•   Knowledge of newsgathering equipment, familiarity with editing equipment.

•   Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook required.

Physical Requirements

•   Ability to stand, walk, bend, type, edit, reach and sit for up to (8) hours.

Eligibility Requirements

•   Must be willing to work from office in San Jose, CA.

•   Employment/education will be verified

•   Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States

•   This position is represented by NABET (Nat’l Assn. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians).

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