Journalism Career Program Participant

WFTX (Fort Myers - Naples, Florida)

Posted 2 months ago

As a participant in the Scripps Journalism Career Program (JCP) this position reports to a News Manager and works with the News Manager, Executive Producer and/or Producers to become capable in performing the duties of the assigned position.  This position is finite in nature, usually 6-8 months long. JCP Participants will learn to oversee and edit content for multiple platforms.

What You’ll Do:

Steadily increasing complexity of task and relationship can be expected in all of the below listed areas:

  • Report, write, and capture visual content.  Edit and produce stories for multiple platforms on deadline.
  • Assist in coverage of major news events, breaking news and severe weather to insure high quality consistent community coverage on multiple platforms.
  • Work with news staff to plan, structure, write and report news and information content for various media platforms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Web Content Producer

  • Produce site content to optimize the user experience by being attentive to live web metrics and UE best practice
  • Apply SEO best practices to every piece of content
  • Enhance the news content with links, maps, and slideshows.
  • Coordinate news editorial and technical staff to facilitate the migration of multimedia content to new media platforms, including video, audio, still photos and graphics.
  • Build out special sections and site features to enhance coverage and increase user engagement.
  • Assist in the management of user-generated content on the sites.
  • Responsible for content generation for niche sites as directed by the director of new media.
  • Work with other departments, including sales and marketing, as needed on site and station initiatives that require content integration.
  • Update and interact with fans/followers on social media.


  • Evaluate news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
  • Shoot video and still photos to illustrate stories.
  • Edit videos for all multimedia platforms.
  • Appear on television program when conducting taped interview or narration.
  • Give live reports from site of event or mobile broadcast unit.
  • Assist the digital staff in preparing for multi-media stories.

News Producer

  • Work closely with news managers and assignment editors to determine content needs.
  • Enhance content of the rundown with graphics, video, research and station branding
  • Execute time sensitive decisions regarding the newscast
  • Working knowledge of journalistic ethics and libel laws
  • Responsible for oversight of live broadcast and up to the minute editorial decisions
  • Perform desktop editing
  • Develop and post content to stations Web sites
  • Utilize web analytics

What You’ll Need:
Recent or imminent undergraduate with BS/BA in related discipline

What You’ll Bring:

  • Should possess some or all of the following:
  • 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
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. In addition, proof of insurance and liability coverage may be required.

Work Environment:

  • Office/News Room
  • May require flexible hours
  • Mary require lifting up to 40 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License (MMJ only)
  • Yes – Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. In addition, proof of insurance and liability coverage may be required.

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