Reporter in Memphis, TN at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 9/12/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Summary

WHBQ-TV Memphis is looking for a Reporter.  The ideal candidate is an aggressive and experienced reporter with intense curiosity and an unrelenting commitment to getting past the surface of a story. The successful candidate can handle all aspects of a newscast with proven journalistic experience and professionalism. We want a reporter who is engaging and informative and comfortable digging into documents as developing sources, jumping on breaking news and taking advantage of all platforms to help tell their stories.

 Effective October 1, 2021, all newly hired CMG employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date. CMG will provide reasonable accommodations as required by law for individuals unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Our reporters work hand in hand with the television producers, web content producers and photographers - gathering and developing news for all our platforms. They are expected to develop community contacts, confirm and pitch enterprise stories with value and to understand what it means to investigate daily not just during sweeps.

Their work appears both on-air and online. They are required to maintain a strong social media presence and meet station set goals each day.

Reports for all platforms:

  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Ability to investigate story tips
  • Writes stories for use first on-line and then on-air
  • Is familiar with pronunciation of names and places in stories
  •  Utilizes AP style guide
  • Breaks stories through excellent use of community contacts and journalistic investigative skills
  • Field reports as assigned
  • Works directly with broadcast producer for success of show - this includes writing content for the broadcast each day
  • Works with producer and managers for understanding of broadcast including both written and video elements
  • Creates and maintains story notes and files in the iNews electronic system
  • Develops and maintains contacts
  • Participates in news editorial process including story pitching, vetting, digital delivery and development of enterprise content
  • Ability to shoot material as well as edit is a plus



What we look for

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, evenings and/or weekends and holidays.
  • Maintains professional appearance, works with News Director prior to any radical changes
  • Works to put best personal appearance forth on air each day
  • Makes station appearances as requested by Community Affairs or others
  • Maintains professional standards in public as representative of station


College Degree in Related Field.  Minimum of 3 years professional experience

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group, Inc. (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to viewers in the communities in which it serves. The company's operations primarily include 65 radio stations delivering all genres of content in 11 markets,33 high-quality, market-leading television stations in 20 markets, and numerous streaming and digital platforms. CMG's portfolio includes primary affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable news and independent stations. Additionally, the company also offers a full suite of national, regional, local and digital advertising services with CMG Local Solutions, Cox Reps and Gamut.


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