Associate News Editor I (Sports Media/PR/Broadcasting)

Company Name:
Sports Media
Position Type:
SEC Associate News Editor I
The Associate New Editor is a strong voice and influence in the decision-making process of gathering, evaluating, interpreting and packaging news fairly, accurately and consistently for all platforms of the SEC Network.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.
ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company's mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.
Participates in creating, writing and editing compelling content for assigned sports news stories; participates in the development of the creative concepts of assigned sports news stories
Determines style, edits copy to meet established tone and theme requirements; enhances assigned content; typically is assigned less complex stories
Assists in coordinating treatment and development of news stories with production personnel, reporters and others contributing across all ESPN entities
Participates in determining the content and focus of each assigned sports news story; identifies and follows-up on assigned emerging stories and breaking news
Uses sports knowledge and news judgment to determine the concepts and content to reach viewers and to increase ESPN's market penetration, ratings and viewership
May identify trends and develop coverage for less-than-obvious stories
Generates story ideas; contributes to special features and stories; may edit multiple stories
May research and assemble semi-complex information for assigned stories
Implements solutions with good editorial judgment that can be easily redirected by senior staff
Operates under close supervision, within the context of well-defined story assignments; implements assigned work with regular guidance from News Editors and the Senior News Editor
Work is subject to regular review by direct supervisor and the responsible News Editor or Sr. News Editor at regular intervals and milestones
Basic Qualifications
Has established expertise to create and edit compelling sports news stories; generates and executes story ideas from concept to execution
Has a working mastery of sports reporting and news packaging processes and the ability to gather, interpret and create assigned sports news stories
Has a high level of knowledge of real-time sports news production
Has strong level of experience utilizing social media platforms to gather and evaluate news and information
Has and applies strong knowledge of what story ideas and concepts to use for assigned sports news stories
Has a high level of knowledge of sports and sports history
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications
3+ years of progressively complex related journalistic experience
Has a good appreciation of "What's Now" and assists with defining the tastes of ESPN's viewers
Has a good understanding of ESPN's editorial policies and strategies
Excels in deadline situations; has regularly demonstrated ability to produce high-quality content under significant time constraints
Preferred Education
Degree in Journalism, preferred
Required Education
Bachelor's degree or equivalent

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