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Christina Wilson

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Job ID: 7216
Job Views: 2387
Location: Springfield, Missouri, United States
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Job Category: Television
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: per hour
Posted: 05.19.2022

Job Description

About Gray Television:

Gray Television is a leading media company that owns and operates high-quality stations in 113 television markets that collectively reach 36 percent of US television households. 

We constantly strive for excellence. Through upgrading to the latest technology and seeking new ways to stay on top in our markets, we focus on training and development of the best and brightest employees in the business.

About the Bureau:

This bureau will serve all five Gray Media, LLC stations in Missouri. KCTV in Kansas City; KMOV in St. Louis; KY3/KSPR in Springfield, MO; KFVS in Cape Gireadau; WGEM in Hannibal, MO/Quincy, IL; and KYOU in Kirksville, MO/Ottumwa, IA.

Job Summary/Description:

The Gray Media stations that cover the state of Missouri are looking for an aggressive Jefferson City bureau chief/senior state political MMJ to oversee a growing presence at the Capitol. You would do daily coverage for the five Gray stations across Missouri. We are looking for the right person who can tell impactful stories that hold our elected officials and state agencies accountable. Also must show how these stories effect our viewers through personalization. Will also provide enterprise reporting of state and federal candidates, campaigns and issues during elections. This role produces not only enterprise but investigative reporting and breaking news. Must live in Jeff City, MO, just minutes away from the Lake of the Ozarks and a short drive to KC and St. Louis.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

• Works with news directors to determine, plan and staff all important stories of state-wide important
• Collaborates with all stations daily to communicate coverage plans and newscast goals
• Must be able to go live when necessary
• Must have excellent news judgment and journalism ethics.
• Must have strong writing, storytelling and reporting skills
• Must have ability to shoot and edit your own stories
• Must be able to develop and maintain a network of sources and experts at all state agencies and with all political parties
• Must have ability, during election years, to travel throughout the state with candidates for races selected in collaboration with the supervising news director
• Understand open records laws and the ability to file regular requests (at least weekly), as well as manage and oversee them
• Must be organized and well-versed in keeping track of legislation and quickly be able to summarize and explain it to viewers in a conversational manner
• Be able to enterprise daily story ideas with state-wide interest even when lawmakers aren’t in session.
• Must have ability to be a digital first MMJ. Be able to stream news conferences for all involved stations, report in breaking news, quickly web and social stories daily; duties will including a weekly digital show
• Duties include supervision of at least one other employee in the bureau
• Duties will also include supervision of a future year-round internship program at the bureau in conjunction with Missouri universities
• While primarily a dayside Monday-Friday position, must be willing to work longer hours and different days based on legislative sessions and breaking news
• Follow all clothing and appearance guidelines as set by the news director
• Perform other job duties as assigned

Additional Info:

Gray Television provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Gray Television complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Gray Television expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Gray’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a condition of employment, Gray Television will require that newly hired employees, whether part-time or full-time, be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the first workday to the extent permitted by applicable law unless you qualify for a medical or religious accommodation.

Job Requirements


• Must be 18 years-old or older
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in journalism or related field
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in on-air television news reporting including in-depth long-form reporting, investigations and/or political reporting
• Basic experience with newsroom computer systems is preferred (ENPS)
• Candidates must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and MVR check
• Must have unrestricted work authorization in the United States
• Candidates must submit a resume, reel and references

Qualified, interested applicants may go to, you may type in the job title, station call letters, or click on "apply now", upload your resume, cover letter and references

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