NYS Capitol Correspondent, Reporter

WTEN/WXXA in Albany, New York is looking for an experienced Reporter with a strong political interest and focus on breaking political news stories. This position will be responsible for generating daily in-depth content that will be provided to 10 stations across New York State, including New York City. This reporter will need to be aggressive when questioning lawmakers, conduct lengthy research, and create several stories a day. The office is based at the NYS Capitol in Albany, but work is not limited to that location. This reporter will travel when necessary to be the face of stories impacting different regions of the state. This may include regular trips to the other Nexstar markets they serve. A minimum of four years of on-air reporting/shooting/editing experience plus a college degree are required. A background in political science is preferred. The reporter will also make weekly contributions to our statewide program “Empire State Weekly.” Creative writing/storytelling skills are essential along with a willingness to work hard to get the story. The ideal candidate has plenty of live experience and thrives in a competitive environment. This is a full time position with benefits.

  • Shoots, produces, writes, edits and presents news stories and other content for all platforms in a clear and concise manner, describing the background and details of events
  • Develops state political sources, establishes relationships with lawmakers and arranges interviews with people who can provide information about stories
  • Gathers information about events through research, interviews, experience or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social or other functions
  • Researches and analyzes background information related to news stories to be able to provide complete and accurate information
  • Reviews and evaluates notes taken about event aspects to isolate pertinent facts and details
  • Checks reference materials such as books, news files or public records to obtain relevant facts
  • Pitches stories to news managers and news producers which are relevant to the local community
  • Receives assignments and evaluates leads and tips to develop story ideas
  • Discusses issues with producers and/or news managers to establish priorities or positions
  • Conducts interviews with news personnel and others
  • Responds to breaking news and other urgent newsrooms situations as required
  • Determines a story’s emphasis, length and format, and organizes material accordingly
  • Revises work to meet editorial approval or to fit time requirements
  • Produces newscasts and communicates clear direction with team members
  • Assists in writing, copy editing, researching and coordinating news programming and other content
  • Reviews copy and corrects errors in content, grammar and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines
  • Ensures that all content meets company standards for journalistic integrity and production quality
  • Performs special projects, field reporting and other duties as assigned
  • Participates in promotional activities including public appearances
  • Writes content for the website and other eMedia platforms
  • Interacts with viewers/users on social media sites
  • Reports live and edits video clips as assigned

Requirements & Skills:

  • Superior on-air presence
  • Bachelor’s degree in Bachelor's Degree, Political Science Major/Minor preferred, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written with the ability to ad lib when required
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent news judgment with an expansive knowledge of local and national current events, history, newsmakers and issues
  • Experience guiding, directing and motivating others
  • Ability to identify the developmental needs of others and to coach, mentor or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills
  • Ability to effectively listen to fully understand problems and communicate with a team to shape a solution
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proficiency with computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines and other office equipment
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere and ENPS desirable
  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Flexibility to work any shift

EEO Statement: Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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