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Managing editor (Wichita, Kansas)

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:44 -- Steven J Rottinghaus
Full time

KWCH-TV, KSCW-TV, and satellite stations KBSD-TV, KBSH-TV, KBSL-TV, is currently accepting applications for a full-time managing editor.

The managing editor oversees the news and content gathering on-air and online.  This person is responsible for helping to lead the gathering of content in the field on a daily basis.  You will work hand-in-hand with the executive producers in gathering and disseminating content in daily newscasts and online.

The managing editor oversees field crews and helps to mentor and coach them on daily newsgathering.  The successful managing editor will have a strong reporting and/or photography background. 

You will also work hand in hand with the assignment manager and help them organize the coverage plan for the day and the future. 

The managing editor will assist the team in approving reporter scripts.  You help coordinate severe weather, breaking news, special event and big story coverage.  You must be a good writer, and love to “produce up” coverage and win the big story.

We’re seeking someone with 5 or more years of news management experience.  A background in reporting, newsgathering, and/or producing is helpful.  A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or a related field is also preferred, and a valid driver’s license with a good driving record is required.

You’ll help the news director manage the largest news staff in the market, with more resources (a drone, totally mobile field capabilities, backpack units, three live trucks, a satellite truck), and a brand new news set.  Do your homework before you apply and you’ll know why this is a great opportunity.

Don’t miss this chance to work for one of the best broadcasting companies in the business – Gray Television – at their dynamic operation in Wichita, which executes more like a top 30 market than a top 70.

The position offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefit package, including group health & dental, paid time off, 401(k) and more.

Apply here or send your resume to Kim Wilhelm, News Director.

KWCH-TV / Gray Television Group, Inc. participates in E-Verify, is a drug-free company and requires pre-employment drug testing. Also, if applicable to the position, MVR/Driver’s review and testing. EOE (All positions must show flexibility for evolving or changing operational needs. Hours, shifts, responsibilities, etc. are subject to change at management discretion.) Gray Television Group, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap or marital status. Discriminatory employment practices are specifically prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission. If you believe your Equal Employment Rights have been violated, you may contact the FCC in Washington, D.C. 20054, or other appropriate state or local agencies.

Essential Functions:

• Work with reporters and producers to produce compelling and creative coverage on-air and online

• Manage reporters and their assignments

• Coordinate severe weather and breaking news coverage

• Prioritize, organize, and produce newscasts 

• Responsible for writing clearly, concisely and conversationally

• Must maintain working knowledge of current events, community issues, and extensive list of local contacts  

• Research and brainstorm story ideas and articulate the ideas so that others understand your vision for the story

• Capable of accurate video editing with an eye for visual elements and graphics that make stories understandable to the viewer

• Act as a leader in facilitating teamwork of staff members working on the newscasts

• Able to quickly, accurately and calmly handle decision-making process during the on-air process 

• Engage viewers using social media

• Work with the assignment manager to assist with planning of staffing and logistics to cover daily news and special projects

• Communicate assignments and station changes between crews in the field and newsroom

•In charge of anchor/reporter schedules and staffing

Essential Skills & Abilities:

• Able to manage, mentor, and lead a team of producers and reporters

• Able to edit video and audio on industry standard equipment  

• Ability to write clearly and accurately

• Understanding of and ability to follow and enforce the journalistic code of ethics

• Able to be creative and create compelling and memorable story coverage

• Willingness to work flexible hours and possess ability to work well with co-workers

• Ability to lead others to get the outcome you need for your shows

• Strong news judgment

• Ability to handle and adjust accordingly to last-minute changes

• Strong initiative and attention to detail

• Ability to work with limited supervision

• Ability to keep up with national and local news/weather

• A leader in how to engage with fans on social media

• A “Digital First” way of thinking

The position offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefit package, including group health & dental, paid time off, 401(k) and more.