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WLKY is looking for an experienced Reporter who can generate ideas specific to our community and wants to own the big story of the day. The right candidate understands the urgency of breaking news. This person should be an excellent writer who knows how to tell a visual story and be able to execute compelling live shots. We are looking for a take-charge, team player who hits the ground running every day, someone with high-energy who works quickly and effectively.

WLKY values strong story generation and compelling writing, excellent time management skills and a positive, team-oriented attitude. We're looking for a reporter who can work a lead and break the big stories - who pitches and wants to own the big story every day. You must be able to work quickly, under tight deadlines, understand and implement direction and feedback, develop sources and collaborate with a video journalist in order to tell the best story possible. You should be an avid local news consumer who knows what is happening and how develop a network of community contacts. Your reel should demonstrate live reporting ability. Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards are a must. Must work with urgency and be dependable. 



Job Responsibilities:   

  • Work well with video journalists, producers and managers  
  • Regularly plan, gather and assemble stories on day-of news, and other assigned stories. Must be able to write a package quickly, while also turning vosots for other newscasts and digital content. 
  • Work with a video journalist to gather and edit compelling video and captivating sound. Communicates prior to and after shooting with video journalist on how to develop/tell story in the most visual and compelling way.  
  • Must adhere to writing/editing timing deadlines for assigned newscasts. Must provide video journalist enough time to edit and provide producers with script information in timely manner
  • Develop a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to break stories of significance. 
  • Will contribute pictures, video and text updates to mobile platforms consistently throughout the day 
  • Can juggle multiple stories and projects at once, demonstrates exceptional time-management skills by meeting all deadlines under extraordinary pressure. 


Experience Requirements: 

  • Past reporting experience (3-5 years) required 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop stories and cover breaking news 
  • Your demo reel should be indicative of your everyday work 
  • Related military experience will be considered 

Qualifications Requirements:  

  • Strong writing and storytelling skills 
  • Ability to work varied shifts, including overnights, nights and weekends  
  • Can deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive newscast production
  • Has a valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to operate mobile transmission devices and use latest technology 
  • Can work in all weather conditions and carry up to 50 pounds 


  • Related experience and/or training considered as well as a combination of education and experience.
  • Equivalent military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and associated experience will be considered. 
  • Hearst Television is a proud supporter of military veterans. Related military training and experience will be considered.
Additional Requirements
As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Television requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law. HTV will consider requests for reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Not Applicable

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : On-Air/Technical

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