Assignment Desk Editor


Assignment Desk Editor

WGNO News in New Orleans seeks an Assignment Desk Editor to join our news team. The Assignment Desk Editor is responsible for gathering information and coordinating news coverage across all WGNO News platforms.

Do you like planning coverage?  Are you always looking ahead? This role is for our Assignment Desk which is the center of it all: breaking stories, assigning crews, and coordinating with broadcast/digital producers.

WGNO News is not your boring TV station. We are an aggressive and fast-paced newsroom determined to tell interesting stories and breaking news.

Apply if you are looking for an opportunity to coordinate assignments for news coverage, write compelling news stories, and engage with news content in a newsroom with a great vibe!

The ideal candidate will have solid news judgment, be able to multi-task and work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment. This is a great job for a go-getter looking to break into television news.

RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor police and emergency scanners and electronic/printed sources for news and disseminate the information to appropriate newsroom personnel
  • Coordinate and dispatch reporters and photographers to execute news coverage
  • Conduct beat calls and contact public information officers to gather information
  • Answer calls from viewers and develop possible story ideas
  • Post stories to and WGNO social media sites
  • Must be willing and able to work all shifts, including nights and weekends
  • Assists in development, planning and follow-up of all news stories
  • Edits video clips as assigned
  • Writes stories for the web
  • Interacts with viewers/users on social media sites
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Vacancy Type:
Full Time
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Metairie – 70001

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field preferred
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of Gulf Coast area a plus

  • Must be an effective communicator, both oral and written
  • Must have solid news judgment
  • Must be able to work well under extreme pressure and deadlines
  • Must be able to multi-task successfully
  • Must have superior organizational skills
  • Must be capable of interacting productively with other employees of the station
  • Must be flexible with schedule and fill-in different shifts as needed
  • Must have knowledge of editorial standards, ethics and media law
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