Freelance Desk Assistant, D.C. Bureau

Job Number: R50009487

Brand: Fox News Channel

Job Type: News, Production

Location: Washington, District of Columbia

Job Posting Date: August 1, 2019

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OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY

Fox News Channel

FOX News Channel is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. FOX News finished 2018 as the most-watched basic cable network for the third consecutive year in both primetime and total day among total viewers, and has held its number one national cable news channel status for 68 consecutive quarters. FNC is available in nearly 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for a Freelance Desk Assistant to join our Assignment Desk team in the DC Bureau. As a Freelance Desk Assistant  you will work on the Assignment Desk as an assistant to the Assignment Editor in coordinating coverage, moving crews, answering phones, reaching out to agencies for information and reacting to breaking News in a fast paced 24-hour News environment.  You work with our production team and editors to search VIZ and Ardome to find and match appropriate video to live television scripts. You are a curious individual that is hungry to learn, willing to ask questions and works daily to build your skills.

A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Assignment Editor is dispatching crews and keeping track of guest requests and crew movements
  • Field calls from those inside the company and outside the company assisting in tracking information
  • Monitor News and reach out to appropriate authorities to attempt to confirm breaking News information
  • Work alongside the Assignment Editor in monitoring developing news stories
  • Assist in logging DC news events with an emphasis on highlighting new developments
  • Monitor wires, social media and other broadcast networks for news developments
  • Reach out to agencies, government departments and fox personnel to gather and confirm information

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Bachelor’s degree and experience in a local or national newsroom. 
  • Knowledge of the DC area a plus
  • Strong logistical and editorial skills with knowledge of national and international politics.
  • Familiarity with the various D.C. government agencies.
  • A self-starter attitude who can work independently, as well as a team player
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, multitask, and prioritize on a daily basis, and especially in breaking news situations
  • Familiarity with iNews and Outlook a plus

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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