Assignment Editor I

Oct 06, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That's because we're always finding new ways to interact with fans - however and wherever they connect with sports. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

Gathers and communicates content for use on ESPN platforms, working with ESPN staff and vendors, social media, affiliates and other networks. Understands basic rights and clearances issues. Hires camera crews, satellite trucks and studios, and arranges feeds and/or transfer of materials. Strategizes and organizes movement of IP-based transmission devices for coverage. Coordinates the efforts of freelance and staff producers and associated production/technical personnel to provide video and audio sports/news material for ESPN platforms. Handles all ancillary crew needs, such as parking, credentials, Ethernet, phone lines, and permits. Participates in strategic editorial and logistical planning of coverage. Acts as the liaison between the Assignment Desk and Media Assets, Media Operations, and Transmission. Shifts will include nights and weekends.

* Superior interpersonal and communication skills, with the capacity to handle high-volume email and phone traffic

* Demonstrated initiative and positive, solution-oriented outlook

* Advanced ability to organize and prioritize

* Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

* Strong knowledge of sports

* Working knowledge of television production and electronic and social media newsgathering

* Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs: Outlook, Excel, Word

* High school diploma or equivalent

* Bachelor's degree in related field

* Reacts immediately to breaking news and requests; pursues story-related materials (sound and video) in a timely manner

* Clears social media content for ESPN platforms

* Collaborates with ABC NewsOne/ABC affiliates, as well as other networks, on breaking news stories, sharing of information, video and sound

* Gathers and enters transmission information (satellite, fiber, cable) for televised games

* Hires freelance ENG crews

* Possesses depth of knowledge in fiber, satellite, cellular, FTP, and viral newsgathering procedures

* Assigns and coordinates movement of IP-based transmission devices

* Coordinates game and studio events, including booking transmission needs (TVU/satellite/fiber), and promotes synergy between game and studio productions

* Works well in a team setting, shows initiative and problem-solving skills; takes direction from assignment desk management, coordinating producers, news editors, producers and senior editors

* Stays informed and up-to-date on sporting events and has above-average sports knowledge