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Associated Content Assignment Desk News

Assignment Editor

Posted: 2/13/2018

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Function: Production
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

Telemundo Arizona (KTAZ) in Phoenix, AZ, is currently seeking an Assignment Editor. The successful candidate will assist in the efficient operation of the assignment desk. He/she will also assist in the production of newscasts, and when required, will produce these shows.
• Responsible for the Assignment Desk.
• Assemble the daybook on i-news listing story ideas and daily newsworthy events.
• Monitor police and emergency scanners and electronic/printed sources for news and disseminate the information to appropriate newsroom personnel.
• Coordinate interviews and logistics for field crews.
• Facilitate the news gathering process and ensure comprehensive coverage of all news stories across all of platforms, including, but not limited to broadcast, digital and web.
• Collaborate with producers, anchors, reporters, photographers and other station personnel on a daily basis, to maximize resources and provide the best coverage during breaking news coverage and/or weather &emergency situations.
• Participate in editorial meetings; develop interesting story ideas using strong editorial judgment.
• Develop enterprise story ideas consistent with the news brand.
• Cultivate contacts important to news coverage in the Phoenix & Tucson areas, including law enforcement.
• Establish working relationships with Public Information Officers for updates on significant events and incidents.
• Follow other local news channels to monitor their news coverage.
• Produce & Assist with undercover special projects during sweeps.
• Cooperate with and support news and online platforms as assigned.
• Publishing of online content when required.
• Plan news coverage as directed by news management.
• Perform other duties as needed and as directed by news management.
• Keep news managers and producers informed on progress of new stories.
• Answer phones and take notes on viewer calls for possible story leads.
• Produce newscast when required.

• Experience in the Phoenix market and familiarity with Tucson Area audience and communities is preferred.
• Bachelor's degree in communications or in a related field.
• Prior experience as assignment editor, assignment manager, or other related experience.
• Solid news judgment, strong writing and research skills.
• Experience using online and social media resources as news researching tools (Accurint, LexisNexis, Facebook, etc.)
• Experience with newsroom computer applications.
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems, prioritize decisions, act decisively and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently in a high pressure, breaking news, environment.
• Basic understanding and demonstration of solid editorial judgment and journalistic ethics, including a current knowledge of laws of libel, slander and applicable FCC rules and regulations.
• Thorough understanding satellite operations and microwave newsgathering technologies.
• Good collaborative and interpersonal skills to communicate at all levels.
• Bilingual: Spanish and English; both written and verbal.
• Understanding of emerging news production techniques and technology.
• Works well in a fast-paced, team environment.
• Works as needed when determined by news management.

• Must have a flexible schedule with ability to work any of a 24x7 shift and willingness to work long hours, weekends and holidays with short notice.
• Must be willing to work in Phoenix, AZ station.
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License.
• Applicants must submit a resume/CV through to be considered.

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Telemundo Station Group, part of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, is comprised of 28 owned television stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Producing and broadcasting more than 7,000 hours of unique and relevant local content each year, including award-winning news, public affairs, and entertainment programming, Telemundo Station Group serves Spanish-speaking viewers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, McAllen, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, San Antonio, Phoenix, Harlingen, Fresno, Denver, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Boston, Tucson, Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico. In Addition, Telemundo Station Group operates TeleXitos, the national multicast network that offers viewers popular action and adventure television series and feature films in Spanish. The group also provides support to Telemundo affiliates across the country and manages dedicated local websites and applications, as well as a robust digital out-of-home operation.

A Commitment to Diversity

Our highly competitive program identifies outstanding aspiring journalists who bring diverse backgrounds to news production and news coverage. The program represents NBC's strong commitment to develop a diverse editorial staff within NBC News. The News Associates program is designed to attract candidates of racial, ethnic, economic and geographical diversity, as well as candidates with disabilities.

Behind the Scenes of NBC News

The News Associates program is a fast-track opportunity for people with the goal to learn news-gathering and production skills. It is not designed to train people who wish to be on-air reporters. Participants work on programs such as the nightly news, a morning news program, cable news, at an assignment desk, or on a “magazine” program. The program consists of several long-term assignments on a news program and/or a news bureau. In addition, News Associates have the opportunity to rotate through MSNBC, our 24 hour cable news channel, which will be especially interested in candidates with experience in politics during this election year.  Each News Associate is assigned a mentor who is an experienced staff member. News Associates undergo an intense week-long orientation filled with workshops, lunches with guest speakers and training.

A Successful Track Record

Over 80 percent of the News Associates who've completed the program have gone on to various producing positions with NBC News. Some are currently with "Dateline," "NBC Nightly News", "Today", "Weekend Today", or with MSNBC, CNBC, or our Burbank bureau.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Ability to work in New York, NY.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV and complete the essay questions through to be considered.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
  • Must be 18 years or greater.
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in United States through September 2028.
  • Must be willing to work overtime, nights, holidays, and weekends, often with short notice.
  • Must be willing to sign a one-year employment contract committing to remain with the company for one year in New York, NY.

Desired Characteristics

  • Masters degree.
  • Journalism experience.
  • Highly motivated individuals.
  • Commitment to Television News Production as a career.
  • Solid writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Proven leadership skills.

Click Here to Apply

During the application period, you are able to upload your resume and answer the following questions:

  • In terms of diverse life experiences, what separates you from the rest of the candidates for the program?
  • Identify an issue that was recently covered in the news and explain why you think it was (or was not) newsworthy.
  • Write about an experience, place or person that triggered your interest in journalism.
  • Describe a situation in which you witnessed empathy in action.
  • Media outlets have long been described as having a responsibility to the public. What does this responsibility mean to you and can this responsibility be abused?
  • Compare and contrast the differences between digital and broadcast storytelling. What are the benefits and drawbacks of each format?
  • Describe what you think is a pivotal moment in the election cycle to date and whether or not it was adequately covered by the news media.
  • Identify a societal issue that seldom attracts the attention of the news media. How would you cover this issue as a journalist?
  • Which journalism associations, if any, are you affiliated with?
  • Which professional publications (e.g. trade magazines), if any, do you subscribe to?
  • Please describe your perspective on how recent domestic, or global economic, or business news events have been covered by one or more broadcast or cable news outlets.
  • Please indicate the countries where you are legally authorized to work.
  • Are you legally authorized to work in the United States without NBCU sponsorship through September 2028?
  • Please indicate which languages you have conversationally fluent.

What Happens Next

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we will only be able to respond to those students in whom we have interest. If you are contacted for an interview, in most cases, you will speak with, or meet someone from NBC News. A final decision is made after a final in person interview.


We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package and the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development and recognizes your achievements. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.