Anchor in Pittsburgh, PA at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 9/2/2021

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Job Summary

The Anchor is responsible for anchoring newscasts, live anchoring in the field and reporting news stories for television on-air from the newsroom.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

 

  • Anchor WPXI Newscasts including reading copy, ad-libbing between elements, introducing live and taped reports and features, and interviewing on-air guests.
  • Analyze and interpret information to improve the audience’s understanding.
  • Report on multiple stories each day, often in multiple newscasts, frequently working solo.
  • Cultivate and maintain news sources throughout the community.
    • Contact, interview and confirm news sources for television reports.
  • Use of enterprise skills to identify hard-news stories for delivery on television and the ability to consistently translate those news stories to social media.
    • Contribute ideas for enterprise stories and new angles on continuing stories.
  • Proven success in delivering breaking news stories to viewers and engaging audiences through the use of all facets of social media.
    • Adept at the use of social media to gather and break stories.
    • Experienced ability to drive the WPXI brand on-air, on-line, and on social media.
  • Participate in WPXI promotional, public relations and public affairs campaigns as approved by the WPXI News Director.
  • Write scripts and produce stories of program-length formats, as requested by newsroom managers
  • Attend informational seminars and workshops that further advance professional journalist knowledge on issues and skills.
  • Provide coaching to other news personnel as requested by the WPXI News Director and Managing Editor.
  • Communicate final copy-editing concerns to the show executive in charge to be sure copy has the maximum clarity, continuity, correctness and sparkle.
  • Contribute to idea sessions in the development or improvement of news products.
  • Maintain a professional, working relationship with all WPXI News team members.
  • Be actively involved in selected community organizations that might directly impact the opportunities and problems within the Pittsburgh region.
  • Alert the WPXI News Director to any news coverage that may cause problems for WPXI legally, corporately, or in the community.
  • Attend all rehearsals, news management meetings or other department meetings as requested by the WPXI News Director.
  • Complete specific projects as requested by the News Director or Managing Editor.
  • Connect with local communities by meeting with local groups and representing WPXI at important events in and around Pittsburgh.
  • Be consistently up-to-date on current news stories, on a local, national, and international level.



 

 

What we look for

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • B.A Degree in Journalism, Communications, or Other discipline preferred.
  • At least 5 yrs. experience as an Anchor required.
  • Strong writing and editorial skills required.
  • Consistent demonstration of the following skills is required:
    • Ability to narrate, ad-lib and add value to live breaking news and severe weather coverage.
    • The ability to engage in investigative reporting that adds depth to the newscast.
    • Thorough understanding of social media and demonstrated ability to move audience between all platforms.
    • Curiosity that drives an understanding of current events in  Pittsburgh and beyond.
  • Demonstrate consistently high proficiency with the necessary technical, writing, and presentation skills for television broadcasts.
  • Be conversant with journalistic law and ethics and general FCC policies concerning broadcast.
  • Daily local, some regional and additional travel is required as part of the job.

 

REASONING ABILITY:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Must be thoroughly professional in all aspects of journalism.
  • Must be well read on current affairs and have a wide-range working knowledge and understanding of general interest subjects.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, and walk.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects.

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