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Weekend Assignment Editor/Desk Assistant

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 771687BR Location Chicago, Illinois, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Jan. 07, 2021

Job Summary:

ABC7 Chicago is looking for a resourceful, aggressive journalist to become part of the weekend assignment desk team.


The successful candidate will be an aggressive, self-sufficient journalist who recognizes a good news story and understands what it takes to bring it to audiences on all platforms. Duties include:
  • Coordinating news coverage and dispatching colleagues to news stories
  • Collaborating with news managers and producers to plan and execute news coverage
  • Gathering information and verifying facts of news stories
  • Monitoring scanners, social media, email and other information sources for news stories
  • Maintaining contact and developing relationships with newsmakers, agencies, police and fire departments and other news sources
  • Communicating new information to colleagues in a timely manner
  • Ability to post information on digital platforms, including social media

Basic Qualifications:

Must understand and meet all journalistic and ethical standards when developing stories for all ABC7 platforms. Must be an excellent communicator and team player who demonstrates ability to assess newsworthiness of information. Must understand how to leverage social media as a news gathering tool.

Preferred Qualifications:

3-5 years newsroom experience strongly preferred.

Required Education

College degree required

Additional Information:

This is a NABET represented position

Equal Opportunity Employer – Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Reporting Location – Chicago, IL

About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with WLS Television, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

WLS Television, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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