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News Director

WTVA has an immediate opening for a News Director.

News Director- Heartland Media
WTVA-TV (NBC 9.1/ABC 9.2)
Tupelo, MS

Small Market News Directors, are you tired of chasing #1 with little to no resources? Are you ready to work for a dominant station and experience what winning BIG feels like? Mid-Market Middle Managers, are you ready for your first News Director gig with a serious news station?

WTVA, the Heartland Media owned NBC and ABC affiliate in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (133), will take your career to a big market experience fast. You must eat, sleep and breathe news to do this job. WTVA attacks news every day with a fast-paced delivery for more than 9 hours of live coverage each weekday. Heartland Media is a company that believes in and invests in live, local news.

Does your current employer invest in your career with training and consulting as if you were a network O & O? Heartland does, and you could soon be working with Magid consultants who partner with us to provide research-based consumer insights to continue to evolve our winning strategy. We may be market 133, but we play like the big leagues. Interested?

The ideal candidate must be energetic, positive, passionate, competitive, possess strong motivational skills and exceed in recruiting and training across generations. If you can’t check those boxes, please do not waste my time or yours. 

Why Tupelo? Why North Mississippi? We live in a cultural hotbed for internationally recognized music, art and literature. Elvis was born here. BB King played in the joints. Tennesse Williams spent much of his youth here. Plus, we’re only 90 minutes from Memphis, 3.5 hours from Nashville - and we’re in the middle of three of the most competitive SEC universities (Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State). The area is home to the Columbus Air Force Base, PACAR, Toyota, and produces more home furnishings than any other area of the country. The cost of living is low too, so your generous compensation plan will give you more bang for your buck.

WTVA is looking for an individual who can lead their legacy station in north Mississippi to new heights of success. This individual should possess the leadership skills necessary to quickly gain the respect of a very strong team of journalists. Duties required, but not limited to, overseeing day-to-day operation and responsibility of the newsroom and the following:

  • Provide strategic, logistical planning, and direction to the entire news department.
  • Lead, develop, and coordinate electronic and digital news gathering operations: writing, video gathering, editing, remote broadcasts, ENG trucks and backpacks.
  • Provide guidance, training, and leadership for editorial and newsgathering personnel, including MMJs, videographers, reporters, editors, anchors and others as assigned.
  • Responsible for staffing and supervisory duties, including hiring, performance management, scheduling, and evaluation of all department personnel.
  • Mentor and develop news employees' news gathering and technology skills, especially in the use of digital and wireless tools.
  • Work with General Manager, Business Manager and Director of Technology/Operations to plan and manage the TV News operating and capital budgets.  Plan, supervise, and track department expenditures.

NOTE:  All of the essential functions of this position are not necessarily described in this posting. 

Qualifications:

  • Four year college degree (or the equivalent) preferably in journalism or communications.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in newsgathering and/or production and at least 3 years of direct management experience in a local television or network environment.
  • Experience supervising, training, coaching and motivating a team.

Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a drug screening, investigative background check, employment/education verifications and reference checks. You must hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable under Mississippi Law.

WTVA provides services to Coastal Television’s WLOV (FOX 27).

To apply please send resume via email or mail to:

Jerry Jones

jjones@wtva.com

WTVA

P.O. Box 320

Tupelo, MS 38802

 No Phone Calls Please

WTVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition to complying with the requirements of federal law, WTVA will comply with applicable state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

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Creative Services Director

WTVA has an immediate opening for a Creative Services Director.

POSITION:

Creative Services Director

STATUS:

Full Time

REPORTS TO:

General Manager

CLASSIFICATION:

Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

The Creative Services Director is responsible for oversight of both station marketing and commercial production and leading a creative team of writers, editors, graphic artists and videographers.

Station Marketing consists of promoting various station products; prime, syndicated programming, news, digital, etc. Promotion of these productions varies from on-air promos, to print ads, to digital ads, events and more.  The process of on-air promotion includes management of promo writing, producing, shooting, editing as well as promo scheduling and log management. A major portion of station marketing is maintaining the station product brands across all platforms. This entails making sure that any promo, digital or print element adheres to the brand elements for that particular product, be it News, Weather, Sports, AM News, etc.

The commercial production side produces on-air spots and other video elements for clients that advertise on our stations, ad agencies and others.   The ideal candidate will have a strong service-oriented attitude.

The Creative Services Director is also responsible for maintaining a cohesive on-air graphics look across a spectrum of media, from the newscast elements to station IDS, syndicated promos, image promos, digital, print elements, car decals, down to letterhead and business cards. While the Creative Services Department does not create the original graphics package, management and support are required along with maintaining the look.

Lastly, the Creative Services Department is often responsible for special projects that fall outside of any one department’s directive. This includes live special events, print element support for sales projects, sponsored event support, and other duties as assigned by the General Manager.

SKILLS REQUIRED/ QUALIFICATIONS:

Leadership/Creativity/Imagination/Innovation

Exceptional organizational skills

Skilled in Station Marketing and Brand Building On Air/Online 

Ability to understand and utilize research/analytics

Manage Work Flow

Coaching/Cross Training

Communication/Inside/Outside

Ability to work across/with various departments/clients/consultants

Community Service/Public Relations/Event Planning

Budgeting

Web and Mobile Logging and Inventory Control

Log Management and Inventory Control

Recruiting

Writing, Shooting, Editing

Image, Topical, Bag and Tag of syndicated and network products

Proof of Benefit

Social Media Posting, Web Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Text Marketing, Email Marketing

Contesting/On-Air/Online/Social Media platforms/texting

Motion Graphics, Online Graphics/Ads, Mobile Graphics/Ads, Social Media Graphics/Ads

Print Graphics/Ads

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Mississippi driver’s license and be insurable to drive
  • Passing a drug-screening and a background check is a pre-employment requirement. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation, which does not create an undue hardship, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing this job employee will be required to stand (sometimes for extended periods of time), walk, sit, talk, hear; use fingers to handle or feel; stoop, kneel; reach with hands and arms.
  • Requires on occasion for employees to lift up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation, which does not create an undue hardship, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in moderate noise, mostly live television situations.  This is a moderate stress- related position with constant interruptions, last minute changes and inquiries.              
  • Working past normal hours may be required to make sure all projects are completed in a timely manner when special programming is required.  Normal working hours for this position are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Some after hours and weekend work is required.    

When applying please mention how you found out about the opening.

To apply, submit résumé to:

Contact:
Mississippi TV LLC
Attention: General Manager
Post Office Box 320
Tupelo, Mississippi 38802-0320
jjones@wtva.com

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Creative Services Producer

This critical position involves working in a creative environment with advertising clients, other Creative Services personnel and sales representatives to build impactful and results driven commercial campaigns as well as helping build promotional and com

JOB SUMMARY:

This critical position involves working in a creative environment with advertising clients, other Creative Services personnel and sales representatives to build impactful and results driven commercial campaigns as well as helping build promotional and commercial content for WTVA/WLOV and our digital platforms. The ideal candidate will also provide support for all of the station’s internal and community focused events.

 

 

SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES:

* Take creative projects from concept to completion in a solo or collaborative project environment.

* Work hands-on with WTVA clients to write, shoot, edit, and produce long and short-form commercial content. Must have professional demeanor and work well with clients and account executives.

* Coordinate the commercial production order process from creation to client approval.

* Create station image and topical promotions under the direction of the Marketing Director for all stations in the Mississippi TV License Company LLC, and Coastal Television Broadcasting Company, LLC.

* Assist Creative Services Director with special projects and duties related to station’s marketing and promotions efforts.

* Other duties as assigned by the Creative Services Director or Station General Manager.

 

SKILLS REQUIRED/QUALIFICATIONS:

* High school graduate.

* Strong organizational and time management skills.

* Excellent verbal communication skills

* Computer proficiency, foundation for learning operations of various programs and software.

* Interest in and knowledge of current programming from WTVA, WLOV, NBC, ABC and FOX

* Ability to perform under deadline pressure.

* Ability and willingness to work occasional odd hours, for special evening or weekend events

 

 

 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

* Passing a drug screen and background check is a pre-employment requirement.

* It is a plus if the candidate has experience with Adobe Creative Cloud.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 

While performing this job employee will be required to stand (sometimes for extended periods of time), walk, sit, talk, hear; use fingers to handle or feel; stoop, kneel; reach with hands and arms.

* Requires on occasion for employees to lift up to 50 pounds.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

* While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in moderate noise. This is a moderate stress- related position with constant interruptions, last minute changes and inquiries.

* Working past normal hours may be required to make sure all projects are completed in a timely manner. Normal working hours for this position are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Some after hours and weekend work is required.

Mississippi TV License Company, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Mail Resume to:

Creative Services Director

WTVA

P.O. Box 320

Tupelo, MS 38802 Or email to jward@wtva.com

Applications are available online at wtva.com or at the front desk of WTVA at 1359 Beech Springs Road, Saltillo, MS 38866

 

No phone calls please.

 

Please tell us in your cover letter where you heard about this opening.

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Associate Producer

WTVA has an immediate opening for an Associate Producer.

Mississippi TV, LLC has an immediate opening for an associate producer.

Brief Description:

Associate producer will work with producer to assist with editing, writing and newscast layouts for WTVA 9 News Today and WLOV This Morning. Other duties will include timing segments during live newscasts, shooting video and use of live broadcast equipment in the field. Other duties will include publishing stories to the website and social media. The job will involve the coverage of news stories for later newscasts following the completion of duties with the morning newscasts.

Duties required but not limited to: Working closely with producers and anchors in a professional manner. This job requires working knowledge of the newsgathering process. Strong news judgment required and must be able to assist in building stories for newscasts that are relevant to viewers. Must be courteous with all individuals while on the job, willing to accept ideas from co-workers as well as general public. Must stay calm under pressure, able to make quick decisions and adapt to last minute changes and communicate those changes in a clear manner to the rest of the newsroom staff. Must develop sources and maintain good working relationships with contacts.


Minimum requirements:

Four-year college or university degree and/or previous experience in a television, print or web newsroom.

A complete copy of the job description is available in the Mississippi TV, LLC human resources office.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test and a pre-employment background investigation.

To apply, submit résumé to:

Mississippi TV, LLC
Attention: Craig Ford
Post Office Box 320
Tupelo, MS 38802-0320
cford@wtva.com

Please include where you found out about the open position.


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Producer

Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Producer.

Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Producer.

Candidate must be able to produce fast-paced, hard-hitting newscasts, understand basic producing functions including rundowns, newscast timing and meeting production needs. This person will be working with anchors and reporters; editing, writing, and show layouts for the newscast. Other duties will include writing and editing stories to the website and social media.

Duties required, but not limited to: This job requires working knowledge of the news gathering process, strong news judgment, and the ability to frame stories effectively. This person must be able to assist in building stories for newscasts that are relevant to viewers. This person must thrive under pressure and be able to make quick decisions and adapt to last-minute changes.

Minimum Requirements:

Four-year college or university degree or previous relevant experience in a television, print, or web newsroom.

Candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test.

To apply, submit resume to:
Attention: Craig Ford
Interim News Director
WTVA/WLOV
P.O. Box 320
Tupelo, MS 38802
cford@wtva.com

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Multi-Media Journalist

Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Multi-Media Journalist.

Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Multi-Media Journalist.

Brief Description: 

Duties required, but not limited to:  This job requires working knowledge of the newsgathering process. Strong news judgment required. Candidate must be able to drive vehicle to cover news stories. Must be able to shoot video with station cameras as well as write and edit stories with station equipment. Candidate must be able to report live from the field. Candidate must be able to post written, video and picture content across the multiple online platforms and social media sites. Candidate will follow newsroom dress code to properly represent station on the air and in the field. 

Minimum requirements: 

Four-year college or university degree and/or previous experience in a television, print or web newsroom.? Valid driver's license and be insurable. 

Candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test.   

To apply, submit resume to:? 

Mississippi TV, LLC 
Attention: Craig Ford, Interim News Director
WTVA/WLOV 
Post Office Box 320 
Tupelo, MS 38802-0320 
cford@wtva.com

Please include where you found out about the open position. 

MISSISSIPPI TV, LLC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

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Internships

Do you want to intern at WTVA?

WTVA internship opportunities exist in the News, Operations, and Marketing departments.

WTVA internship opportunities exist in the News, Operations, and Marketing departments. To be considered for an internship position you must fill out and return an Internship Application via postal mail or e-mail. Guidelines for the program are also posted on our Web site; please read them to ensure you meet the qualifications.

All of WTVA's internships are unpaid; therefore, you must receive college credit for your internship. There are no exceptions. You are not guaranteed a position just because you've submitted an application. We receive many more applications than positions available.

Types Of Internships

News Intern
News interns may be responsible for a variety of duties. They will be asked to answer the assignment desk phone, take viewer comments and story ideas, make phone calls, and set up interviews. As part of the internship, they will be offered the opportunity to go out on stories to observe a news crew and produce a résumé tape. Interns may also assist the Sports and Weather departments when needed.

Operations Intern
Operations interns work with directors as well as other department personnel in the planning and execution of television broadcasts. This includes working with daily newscasts, as well as local programming specials. Interns will work in all phases of the Operations department, including master control, audio mixing, character generator operation, studio camera photography, and graphics. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Savage at (662) 842-7620.

Marketing Intern
Interns will assist the Marketing and Creative Services department in implementing and developing multi-station promotional items as well as commercial production for local clients. Duties may include writing scripts, assisting on commercial or in-house shoots, planning marketing strategies, monitoring social media accounts, and assisting at station-sponsored events. This internship requires superior writing skills, proper phone etiquette, and the ability to work well with people. Will also aid in general departmental duties as assigned. 

All interns are required to pass a pre-internship drug test.

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Account Executive

WTVA-TV, Heartland Media�s NBC and ABC Television Affiliates in Tupelo, Mississippi is hiring an Account Executive.

WTVA-TV, Heartland Media’s NBC and ABC Television Affiliates in Tupelo, Mississippi is hiring an Account Executive. As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for selling advertising and promotions to local businesses and ad agencies. This position will also bring in new businesses to advertise on WTVA-TV, WTVA.com and other digital products offered by our sales department. The ideal candidate is service oriented, coachable, thrives in a goal-oriented team environment and has strong interpersonal skills. If you are motivated by an excellent product, great compensation, and working with a talented team of professionals; look no further. We will provide the tools for powerful multi-platform marketing solutions that will create partnerships to retain and grow our existing and new client base – you provide sales ability, positive attitude, client focus, and desire to WIN! 

Job Responsibilities:                           

  • Generate revenue across all available platforms
  • Prospect, contact and present to new businesses to generate new advertising revenue
  • Manage inventory and protect station rate structure
  • Form strategic business and market partnerships
  • Manage an active account and client list
  • Regularly meet with sales managers to ensure progression and success with stated goals
  • Act as negotiator for assigned accounts; ensure proposals align with station strategies.
  • Create and deliver sales presentations to clients & agencies

Required Skills                           

  • Ability to multi-task within a fast-paced environment
  • Accountability within a goal-structured organization
  • A positive, results-oriented attitude and must be a team player
  • Proven track record of successfully selling to business owners and CEO’s
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Must be able to use qualitative research effectively to further sales effort
  • Strong formal and interpersonal communication skills         

Minimum Requirements:                                        

  •  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Must have a proven track record in sales and new business development  
  • Experience in TV/Radio/Newspaper or other sales related experience
  • Experience in a consultative customer focused business atmosphere
  • Must have personal insured transportation & valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check

To apply, submit resumé to:

Mississippi TV LLC
Attention: Luke Stanford

Post Office Box 320
Tupelo, Mississippi 38802-0320
lstanford@wtva.com

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Digital Marketing Specialist

WTVA/WLOV is looking for a sharp, ambitious, and enthusiastic marketing specialist to join our digital department.

POSITION:

Digital Marketing Specialist

REPORTS TO:

Digital Sales Manager

STATUS:

Full-time

CLASSIFICATION:

Hourly

JOB SUMMARY:

WTVA/WLOV is looking for a sharp, ambitious, and enthusiastic marketing specialist to join our Digital department. The Digital department is focused on creating unique and creative digital advertising campaigns for clients who are seeking expert digital marketers. This position is primarily responsible for the implementation and on-going management of all client online campaigns, including but not limited to Facebook and Google Advertising, Website Development, Sweepstakes, E-commerce Offers, and Audience Targeted Advertising. The position will be involved in all aspects of client campaigns, from pre-sale to fulfillment to reporting. You will work closely with our Marketing teams to organize this initiative with 3 strategic objectives:

  1. Create a revenue–driven calendar for online contests.
  2. Work with the sales team to drive new digital revenue.
  3. Grow our email and social database, engaging our audience.

SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES:

  • Monitor, optimize, and report on digital advertising campaigns to achieve superior results
  • Coordinate with an account management team on digital accounts to ensure delivery of objectives
  • Ability to multi-task, handle pressure and work under deadlines
  • Using Google Analytics & other campaign monitoring tools in order to provide clients with insight about their campaigns
  • Maintain daily monitoring on active digital campaigns:
    • Verify orders are booked and billed correctly
    • Execute campaigns and produce reports for active campaigns
    • Monitor campaigns for timely delivery and suggest optimization to DSM
  • Keep DSM informed of any critical fulfillment/workflow issues
  • Assist AEs when needed with proper order entry and billing
  • Review quality of campaigns to be booked before implementation
  • Enhance the current “workflow” to ensure the smooth transition of all campaigns: order entry to fulfillment
  • Suggest & recommend “optimization” to be implemented for internal workflow purposes
  • Examine click-thru URLs and ad destination/landing pages for accuracy
  • Look at websites of active digital campaigns and those to be booked to ensure quality and therefore good campaign performance
  • Look for upsell opportunities within existing digital campaigns
    • Bring these opportunities to the AE as well as DSM
  • Other duties as assigned by the Digital Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager or General Sales Manager.

 SKILLS REQUIRED/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, and others as needed
  • DSLR photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Innovative mindset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of selling content on multiple platforms
  • Proficient in data entry across multiple platforms
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; a team player
  • Assertive, goal-oriented and self-motivated

STATEMENT ABOUT OTHER DUTIES: 

The foregoing is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all functions essential to the job for which the employee is responsible, nor an exhaustive list of the minimum requirements and specifications necessary to perform the essential functions, including all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different functions be performed when circumstances change or exigencies require it.

To apply, submit resume to:

Mississippi TV, LLC
Attention: Blakley Young, Digital Sales Manager
WTVA/WLOV
Post Office Box 320
Tupelo, MS 38802-0320
byoung@wtva.com

Please include where you found out about the open position.

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