WFTX – TV, the Scripps owned Fox affiliate in Sunny SWFL, has an exciting opportunity for our Journalism Career Program (JCP). We are looking for new college graduates looking to launch their career as an MMJ or Producer. The focus of this 12 month assignment, which includes Co Paid housing and utilities, is on becoming fully capable in performing the duties of the assigned position. Once the initial contract comes to an end, there is an opportunity to continue your career at another Scripps location. JCP Participants will learn to oversee and edit content for multiple platforms. Must be driven to produce high quality work on tight deadlines.
What are the goals of The E.W. Scripps Company in association with this program? Our hope is to offer new graduates from quality Journalism programs experience and training to jump-start their career. Ultimately we wish to build a pipeline of talent for specifically identified critical journalism positions at Scripps so that we have ready-to-relocate talent before openings occur.
How many positions are available? We have 4 openings for MMJs and Producers at WFTX-TV, the Fox affiliate station in Ft. Myers, FL. We recruit new graduates at one year intervals.
How long is the program? New graduates hired through the Journalism Career Program are offered a twelve month contract. At the end of this contract our hope is that they are offered a regular position at another Scripps location, or we may choose not to offer them a position and the contract will end.
Is relocation required? We are hiring for twelve month assignments at the station in Ft Myers, FL (WFTX). JCP participants will relocate to Ft. Myers. It is our expectation that JCP participants will relocate to another station after their initial twelve months. We wish to hire new graduates who will establish their journalism career at The E.W. Scripps Company and will develop their talent at a number of different Scripps locations. A willingness to relocate to any of our locations is an important qualification for the program.
Who will the JCP positions report to? The MMJ and Producer positions report to the Assistant News Director, Executive Producer or News Director.
What training will be provided? The manager and JCP Participant sit down together to assess learning needs and develop a learning plan. Many co-workers are involved in the training; however, the manager and the JCP participant are jointly responsible for the execution of the learning plan. The participant and their manager will agree upon a regular schedule of meetings to check progress and make adjustments.
How will performance be evaluated? Performance will be discussed routinely at regular meetings with the manager. There will be check-ins with HR throughout the contract as well. JCP Participants receive informal and formal performance feedback regularly.
How is housing handled? Scripps provides housing for the twelve-month program period. Participants will share a furnished unit, paid for by The E.W. Scripps Company. In exchange for the housing the JCP Program participants will sign an agreement expressing their responsibilities as an occupant. Housing paid for by the Company is considered compensation under US tax law. We will provide a special bonus to offset the taxes incurred from the housing.
What Compensation and Benefits are offered?
Salaries for the JCP positions are competitive and will be shared in offer letters to those selected.
The positions are non-exempt positions (overtime eligible). All overtime must be approved in advance by managers.
As employees, JCP Participants are eligible to take advantage of health benefits from Scripps and would also be eligible for participation in the 401k savings plan. Our health benefits include health insurance and pharmacy coverage, dental and vision plans and life insurance. Employer-provided healthcare coverage does require some employee contribution for the elected benefits. Programs and costs will be outlined in a benefits information sheet accompanying offer letters.
JCP Participants receive prorated paid time off (PTO).
A relocation allowance to enable JCP Participants to move a small amount of belongings and to fly/drive to Ft Myers may be provided and will be outlined in offer letters.
Upon, acceptance and relocation to a second Scripps location, JCP participants enjoy a $5,000 second location signing bonus, less applicable taxes and withholding.
What is the timing for the positions? We recruit once a year through the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)annual conference attendance and membership. The anticipated start date will be September 2018 with a contract-ending September 2019.
Where can I learn more about The E.W. Scripps Company? Our web site is a good starting place. We also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Become familiar with what our employees are saying about working with Scripps. www.scripps.com
How can I apply? We recruit once a year through industry diversity conference attendance. If you are interested in applying for the 2018/19 year, recruiting will take place through the National Association of Black Journalists Conference. Please visit www.fox4now.com/jcp to learn more and apply.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED - Candidates must have be a recent or imminent graduate with BS/BA in related discipline; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The following characteristics and skills are a must:
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Computer literacy including newsroom computer systems
Familiar with editing and editing systems
Familiar with journalistic ethics and libel laws
Experience posting content to websites
Knowledge of Content Management systems, HTML, Audio Editing, Image Editing, Social Networking
Experience with digital video editing
Knowledge of Associated Press style
Organization and time management skills
Ability to multitask and perform well under deadline pressure
Ability to work alone and in groups as a member of a team
Fast thinking, energetic and able to meet or exceed deadlines