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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.
How long is the program? New graduates hired through the Journalism Career Program are offered a twelve-month contract. At the end of this contract, our hope is that they are offered a regular position at another Scripps location, or we may choose not to offer them a position and the contract will end.
Is relocation required? We are hiring for twelve-month assignments at the station in Ft Myers, FL (WFTX). First, JCP participants will relocate to Ft. Myers. 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 52 television stations in 36 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 , Escape , Laff and Court TV ; 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?
What is the timing for the positions? We recruit once a year through industry diversity conference attendance. We provide written offers to the selected candidates at the conference. The anticipated start date will be September 2019 with a contract-ending end of September 2020..
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. www.scripps.com
How can I apply? We recruit once a year through industry diversity conference attendance. If you are interested in applying for the 2019/20 year, recruiting will take place through the National Association of Black Journalists Conference in Miami.