The Assignment Desk Manage supervises daily operation of the assignment desk. Develop and implement strategies for effective, efficient and smooth operation of the assignment desk. Build the daily agenda for news coverage and amend and rearrange throughout the day as developments dictate. Present daily agenda at morning and afternoon editorial meetings. Gather meaningful news information from available sources for newscasts. Work closely with other news managers and producers in executing daily and future story coverage. Schedule and supervise assignment editors to ensure strategic coverage goals and objectives are met. Ensure follow-up stories and assignments are pursued. College/University degree in broadcast journalism or other related field. A minimum of three years experience on a TV news assignment desk preferred. Working knowledge of newsroom computers, the Internet and computer-assisted reporting.
II. Essential Job Functions
Weight % Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results
40% Daily planning to maintain effective operation of the desk.
35% Efficient assigning of crews to maximize content gathered
10% Effectively manage and motivate staff while monitoring prevention of unnecessary overtime
10% Manager Duties (scheduling, coaching, and counseling of team)
5% Additional duties/tasks as needed/assigned
III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered.
3-5 years assignment editor experience
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Previous management experience is preferred
% Travel Required (Approximate): 20%
IV. Core Values | Attributes expected for job success. (Check “Individual Contributor” or “Leader”)
Individual Contributor X Leader | Anyone with one or more direct reports.
∙ Customer Focus
∙ Results Orientation ∙ Direction & Alignment
∙ Planning & Organizing
∙ Talent Development
∙ Results Orientation
V. Work Environment
Physical Work Area:
Office Equipment and/or Machines:
Computer, Monitor, copier, fax machine, scanners.
Frequency Abbreviations | Please match with each activity.
S = Seldom | M = Monthly | W = Weekly | D = Daily | H = Hourly
Activity Frequency Activity Frequency
Hear or understand verbal communication H Squat, bend, kneel, crawl S
Understand/process written communication H Walk, run S
Communicate verbally H Climb S
Communicate in writing H Sit H
Read or check documents for accuracy H Stand up to 2 hours at a time S
Use keyboard to enter or revise words or data H Stand more than 2 hours at a time S
Use computer monitor H Lift up to 20 pounds S
Work with heavy or hazardous equipment S Lift between 21 – 50 pounds S
Operate an automobile or van W Lift between 51 – 100 pounds S
Identify and distinguish colors H Lift more than 100 pounds S
Reach for and grasp objects D Carry up to 20 pounds S
Exercise manual dexterity and fine motor skills D Carry between 21 – 50 pounds S
Perform complex mental operations D Carry between 51 – 100 pounds S
Adhere to strict deadlines H Carry more than 100 pounds S
Perform work with a high degree of accuracy H
This form does not attempt to classify each and every physical/mental dimension of every existing job at Meredith. Rather, it attempts to set out those physical/mental dimensions which are common to many jobs.
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