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Sports Director

Published: Jan. 10, 2020 at 12:36 PM EST
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SUMMARY

Tallahassee is a thriving sports market, and our viewers are hungry for sports journalism. FSU, FAMU, VSU and UGA are core drivers-- and not just football. There are countless men’s and women’s sports we cover. We also want to double down on stories from our local high schools, showcasing the hundreds of young athletes in our viewing area.

This position isn't about reading highlights, or filling obligatory sports segments. Prompter readers won't be happy with the direction we are heading. This is an opportunity for someone who is excited to see the possible.

Our primary goal is to build a team of sports journalists who thrive on story-telling, and fight for opportunities to break news and tell lead stories live at the top of our newscasts. Our Sports Director will be just as motivated producing hyperlocal, people-centered, visually-dynamic, packaged sports stories, as s/he is with traveling to cover post season play for high school and college teams.

The right candidate will be an organized newsroom leader who can help motivate people and cultivate content. You’ll work side-by-side with news managers to develop on-air and online coverage plans. You’ll be expected to break news on digital and social before you go on-camera.

Most importantly, you’ll be comfortable challenging the status quo and increasing accountability through positive interaction.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Shoot & edit daily sports content for multiple newscasts and digital properties as an MMJ
  • Maintain a sports daybook, including actionable enterprise topics, preplanned events, and high school & college matchups
  • Develop and grow sources to effectively report and break sports news with local high school, college, and regional professional teams.
  • Collaborate with Producing, Reporting and Technical Staff to ensure sports stories as compelling as possible.
  • Operate portable live units, and conduct clean, engaging live reports from the field
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of SEC, ACC & MEAC players and coaches
  • Produce content for newscast replacement specials, targeted special reporters, and extended preps coverage
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BS/BA in journalism or communications, computer literacy, including newsroom computer systems.
  • Working knowledge of MMJ camera and editing gear, and TVU live technology
  • Ability to tell the sports story on camera, with written copy, and through social interaction
  • A valid driver`s license, good driving record and proof of insurability.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience as a sports anchor or reporter in a commercial newsroom

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please apply online at

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