Scripps Journalism Career Program (JCP)

What are the goals of The E.W. Scripps Company in association with this program? Our hope is to offer new graduates from quality Journalism programs experience and training to jump-start their career. Ultimately, we wish to build a pipeline of talent for specifically identified critical journalism positions at Scripps so that we have ready-to-relocate talent before openings occur.

How many positions are available? We have openings for MMJs and Producers at WFTX-TV, the Fox affiliate station in Ft. Myers, FL. We recruit new graduates at one year intervals and also have limited spots for those entering their senior year to have a position in the program upon graduation.

How long is the program? Journalism Career Program Participants are offered a two year contract where they will spend their first year in Fort Myers. At the end of the first year, our hope is that the participants transition to a mutually agreeable second Scripps location, or we may choose not to offer them a position and the contract will end.

Is relocation required? We are hiring for 24 month assignments. JCP participants will relocate to Ft. Myers for year one. It is our expectation that JCP participants will relocate to another station after their initial twelve months. We wish to hire new graduates who will establish their journalism career at The E.W. Scripps Company and will develop their talent at a number of different Scripps locations. A willingness to relocate to any of our locations is an important qualification for the program. We currently have stations as indicated here:

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 60 television stations in 42 markets, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Stitcher; the fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV and Court TV Mystery; and Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.

Who will the JCP positions report to? The MMJ and Producer positions report to the Content Manager, Managing Editor or News Director.

What training will be provided? The manager and JCP Participant sit down together to assess learning needs and develop a learning plan. Many co-workers are involved in the training; however, the manager and the JCP participant are jointly responsible for the execution of the learning plan. The participant and their manager will agree upon a regular schedule of meetings to check progress and make adjustments.

How will performance be evaluated? Performance will be discussed routinely at regular meetings with the manager. JCP Participants receive informal performance feedback regularly and formal feedback during quarterly check-ins.

How is housing handled? Scripps provides housing for the twelve-month program period. Participants will share a furnished unit, paid for by The E.W. Scripps Company. In exchange for the housing, the JCP Program participants will sign an agreement expressing their responsibilities as an occupant. Housing paid for by the Company is considered compensation under US tax law. We will provide a special bonus to offset the taxes incurred from the housing.

What Compensation and Benefits are offered?

  • Salaries for the JCP positions are competitive and will be shared in offer letters to those selected.
  • The MMJ and Producer positions are non-exempt positions (overtime eligible). All overtime must be approved in advance by managers.
  • As employees, JCP Participants are eligible to take advantage of health benefits from Scripps and would also be eligible for participation in the 401k savings plan. Our health benefits include health insurance and pharmacy coverage, dental and vision plans and life insurance. Employer-provided healthcare coverage does require some employee contribution for the elected benefits. Programs and costs will be outlined in a benefits information sheet accompanying offer letters.
  • JCP Participants receive prorated paid time off (PTO).
  • A relocation allowance to enable JCP Participants to move a small amount of belongings and to fly/drive to Ft Myers may be provided and will be outlined in offer letters.
  • Upon, acceptance and relocation to a second Scripps location, JCP participants enjoy a second location signing bonus, less applicable taxes and withholding.

What is the timing for the positions? We recruit through NABJ membership.

Where can I learn more about The E.W. Scripps Company? Our web site is a good starting place. We also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Become familiar with what our employees are saying about working with Scripps.

How can I apply? Please email your resume and reel to