Scripps Company seeking Sports MMJ -- Multimedia Journalist/Storyteller
STOP! -- This is not your normal Sports position.
This position is NOT at a TV station -- it’s at a startup operating under the E.W. Scripps umbrella in Fort Myers. So what does *that* mean?
For starters, if you send in a demo reel, you won’t make it very far! As part of our hiring process we want you to show off your unique storytelling capabilities. Along with your resume, you’ll need to send us a link to a video that meets these standards:
-Shot and edited on your smartphone (We’re not looking for perfect quality, we’re looking for storytelling ability, personality and passion!)
-Note which platform you imagine this living on (Is this for Facebook? Snapchat? YouTube? OTT?)
-Push the boundaries! (We’re not looking for a traditional news format. Make sure you’re showcasing your ability to think outside the box and break the mold!)
-You can also provide a video that you’ve previously shot and edited that you feel represents you as a storyteller. But be warned -- do NOT send a demo reel! A demo reel will not give us a sense of who you are and how you tell stories
-We’ll review your video application to gauge your ability to engage an audience.
-If you’re asked to join our team, that’ll be a key component of your job! So please don’t send us a demo reel with your best standup -- show us how you can be counted on to push the limits, experiment, and use your creativity to help us discover how to use today’s mediums to connect to a local audience.
As a member of our highly collaborative team, you’ll be utilizing your expertise with digital, video and TV to define new ways of experiencing all that is news. You’ll be more than a reporter -- you’ll be a member of the community focused on finding your voice and the stories that the community is most interested in.
As our Sports MMJ, you’ll need to go beyond the highlights. Don’t expect to be sitting in front of a desk while hours-old footage plays over your shoulder. You’ll be going to sporting events, cheering alongside the home team as they take on their rivals. You won’t be recapping scores, you’ll be telling the stories of the individual players. You’ll be finding those unique elements that connect the community to their teams and honoring them, becoming the voice Southwest Florida relies on for analysis, opinions, and great storytelling.
Below is your standard job description -- but remember, this job will be anything BUT standard! You’ll need to be comfortable in an organization that’s growing and learning as we grow!
-Receives or defines assignment or evaluates leads and tips to develop story ideas.
-Strong desire for experimentation
-Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through experience, interview, observation, and research.
-Organizes material and creates story according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.
-Shoots video and still photos to illustrate stories.
-Edits, or assists in editing, videos for all multimedia platforms.
-May appear in video as part of storytelling, when conducting taped interview or in narration
-May give live from site of event or in the course of exploring a story more immersively
-Works collaboratively with other staff, as assigned
-Report, write, capture visual content, edit and produce stories for multiple platforms on deadline, such as Internet and digital channels.
-Determine and create ways to enhance content through interactive animations, components, maps, graphics, and photos
-Assists in the planning of story coverage as part of editorial process with a focus on increasing audience engagement
-Other duties as needed and as directed by manager
Education & Experience/Certifications
-Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent years of experience
-Minimum of two years of experience in journalism, marketing, video, social media, sales or production preferred
Skills & Abilities
-Computer literacy required.
-Videography and non-linear editing experience preferred.
-Knowledge of camera equipment.
-Edit video on Final Cut Pro editing systems, or similar equipment.
-Strong creative writing skills.
-Proficient at posting content to various websites.
-Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.
-Multi-tasker with excellent time management skills who can perform well under deadlines
-Openness to ambiguity
-Desire to create new ways of doing things and to identify creative opportunities.
-Drive to create high quality content.
-Excellent communication skills and ability to work with others
-Additional software skills -- the Adobe Suite, for example -- and social media skills welcomed
-Valid Driver’s License, good driving record and provide certificate of insurability with company required insurance limits.
-Must be able to lift 40 pounds.