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Writer - Newsy at The E.W. Scripps Company in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Newsy is seeking a writer who loves to take complicated stories and turn them into works of art, making a story come to life through concise, compelling and conversational writing. The writer will work with live show teams to write short and long-form news headlines and expanded stories to build out a program that appeals to the Newsy viewer: a news consumer who wants information, not opinions. Newsy’s mission is to inform and not influence, and the ideal candidate deeply understands the distinction between the two.

The ideal writer has experience contributing to a live news program, can work quickly and efficiently under pressure, has excellent news judgment and can jump into any assigned news headline to deliver strong content. The ability to juggle several stories at once while taking ownership of those stories as they grow through the day is absolutely essential. The ideal writer can handle additional writing assignments as needed, such as opens and teases. Additional segment producing responsibilities may be considered.

The ideal candidate should be able to work efficiently with graphics producers and video editors to build out each story to be as visually compelling as possible. Additionally, working under “breaking news” deadlines is a vital skill for this position.

The writer will report to the supervising producer.

What you'll do:

  • Research, write and produce content for live news programs

  • Write headlines for “headline roundups” that appear on Newsy, its platforms and its E.W. Scripps sister stations

  • Write short- and long-form stories, as assigned, to enhance live news programs

  • Contribute to segment production responsibilities as assigned

  • Write “breaking news” quickly, efficiently, and factually sound under tight deadlines

  • Write copy that is concise and conversational, factually sound and solutions-focused, free of grammar errors

  • Edit and clip segments for broadcast and digital distribution on Newsy properties

  • Assist in the development of recurring segment production across several news and special programs

  • Pitch compelling brand-minded segments and story ideas in weekly planning meetings

  • Work with Booking Producer to conduct guest- or collaborator-based research and pre-interviews

Skills & Abilities

  • Education & Experience/Certifications

  • BS/BA in journalism, communications or a related field preferred

  • Five (5)-plus year’s experience in television or digital video news required

  • Sound editorial judgment

  • Must demonstrate good writing skills (including AP style)

  • Must be able to multitask, meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • Experience working in a dynamic, fast-paced newsroom environment strongly preferred

Work Environment

  • A moderate level of mobility is required in expediting work flow processes and procedures

  • Must be physically able to sit at a workstation and maintain productivity for upwards of eight (8) hours on occasion

  • A relatively high degree of mental acuity and social skills are necessary to successfully interact with coworkers, newsroom supervisors, and the general public, often under time-sensitive conditions

  • Overtime, shift and weekend work, as needed

About Newsy:

Newsy is the next-generation national news network that provides “news with the why,” built to inform and engage with the top stories across every platform. It’s available on cable; on over-the-top services including Hulu, Roku, Apple TV, Sling TV, Watchable from Comcast, Pluto TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast; and on connected television including Xumo. Newsy is also available via its mobile apps and at

As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.