ABC7/WLS, the ABC Owned Television station in Chicago, IL has an opening for a collaborative anchor/reporter who is responsible for taking ownership of, and working with producers and reporters/colleagues to craft high impact content on linear and digital platforms. The candidate also sets the tone for teamwork and excellence within the station and across the station group. The anchor/reporter is an empathetic and ethical news leader who is committed to uncovering and reporting the facts, and with integrity above all else. He or she must be a team player, compelling journalist, and inclusive storyteller with the ability to authentically engage and connect with a diverse audience. Additionally, the anchor/reporter must demonstrate a full understanding of the powerful voice and responsibility journalists have to, and with, the communities they serve. This position will anchor weekend newscasts and report three days a week. Responsibilities:
Exceptional reporting, writing and interviewing skills
Ability to source and generate impactful enterprise leads, and create impactful content relying on critical relationships with local news makers
Be tenacious in their ability to uncover stories through investigation and research
Subject matter expertise in telling high impact stories in breaking news coverage, and ability to demonstrate this from the anchor desk and in the field
Ability to report, write, capture visual content, edit and produce stories for multiple platforms on deadline, such as owned and distributed digital and social platforms
Active use of social media for promotion and news gathering
Demonstrated ability to move an audience between linear and digital platforms
Willingness to lead and mentor
Demonstrate a strong commitment to the community, which includes representing the station and participating at various community events
At least five years of journalism experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Preferred emphasis in journalism or a related field.
This position is covered under the Company’s collective bargaining agreement with AFTRA.
This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.
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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.
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 or protected veteran status. 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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