SUBSIDIARY ABS-CBN Corporation
POSITION Assignment Editor
WORK LOCATION National Capital Region
DATE POSTED May 17, 2018

BUSINESS SUMMARY

ABS-CBN Corporation is the Philippines' leading information and entertainment multimedia conglomerate. The Company is primarily involved in television and radio broadcasting, as well as in the production of television and radio programming for domestic and international audiences and other related businesses. ABS-CBN produces a wide variety of engaging, world-class entertainment programs that are aired on free-to-air television.

The Company is also one of the leading radio broadcasters, operating eighteen radio stations throughout the key cities of the Philippines. ABS-CBN provides news and entertainment programming for nine channels on cable TV and operates the country's largest cable TV service provider. The Company also owns the leading-cinema and music production and distribution outfits in the country. It brings its content to worldwide audiences via cable, satellite, online and mobile.

The Company has interests in content development and production, cable and satellite television services, merchandising and licensing, mobile and online multimedia services, glossy magazine publishing, video and audio post production, and overseas services, all of which complement and enhance ABS-CBN's strength in content production and distribution.

RESPONSIBILITIES

    POSITION SUMMARY
     
    Responsible for the effective and timely gathering, selection and airing of news stories for the station’s television news programs by exercising editorial judgment, directly supervising newsgathering teams and advising production teams.
     
    MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
     
    On Desk Operations
    1. Exercises editorial judgment in identifying and monitoring news stories, personalities and developments.
    a. Seeks, screens and verifies information from news agencies, newsgathering teams and sources;
    b. Analyzes information and evaluates for truth, meaning, significance and priority.
    c. Predicts news flow.
    2. Discusses story assignments and objectives with respective newsgathering teams and provides the necessary information and editorial guidance to ensure their work meets the news organization’s standards, practices and direction.
    3. Safeguards the integrity and credibility of the newsgathering process by providing guidance to news teams, and when appropriate, consulting or coursing ethical and legal issues and complaints immediately to authorities concerned.
     
    On Leadership
    1. Assembles and deploys the most appropriate resources to get the best possible elements for each story to air on time, if not ahead of the competition.
    2. Supervises, coaches and provides logistical support to newsgathering teams to ensure each team’s progress is on time and on track.
    3. Anticipates problems and offers alternatives and solutions to the news programs concerned in the event story and program objectives and schedules may not be met.
    4. Directs, encourages and provides moral support to newsgathering teams especially during difficult or dangerous situations, to ensure the safety and well-being of personnel and property.
    5. On top of news stories being gathered, at any given moment, knows the status of his newsgathering teams assigned and their stories, and updates and advises those concerned of relevant information (such as, but not limited to: priority of story, exclusivity of the information, story elements, richness or lack of material, interesting sidebars) to ensure the objectives and timetable of news programs across INCA platforms and breaking news are met.
    6. Anticipates and plans for “Futures” (next-day and special events) coverage needs, using and developing reporters’ story pitches, preparing contingency plans and safety measures to ensure objectives are met.
    7. In the absence of reporters and producers, especially during breaking news, produces news reports for air.
     
    On Quality Control
    1. Checks to help ensure that Newsgathering output of assigned beat/s (information and presentation) meets and reflects the organization’s quality standards and expressed values, e.g.: accuracy, balance, proper context, proper attribution, relevance, serves the public welfare, etc.
    2. Provides all concerned with necessary notice regarding graphic or violent video and language, ethical and legal constraints, special agreements, embargos, etc.
    3. Follows up on the schedule and timing of live shots and feeds, secures necessary information on the incoming material and advises those concerned to ensure optimal use (there may be better or different material than expected) and airing of the material on time.
    4. Sets up and coordinates live shots: Discusses with reporter (or remote broadcast specialist) the content and action sequence if the live shot or live interview, including information such as location, camera moves and framing, leads, roll cues and out cues, running time, points of discussion for Q&A, who the reporter’s anchor is, the context of the live shot in terms of the newscast (what precedes and follows the LS), etc.
    5. Assesses daily newsgathering efforts and special events coverage for areas of success and improvement; conveys and solicits feedback and recommended solutions to/from those concerned (newscast post mortems); implements improvements.
     
    PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING
    1. The Assignment Editor must address all immediate editorial and operational issues involving the story he / she is handling. During the course of newsgathering must keep in check story developments while providing editorial guidance and logistic support.
    2. Also responsible for monitoring the performance of reporters assigned to him/her. The Assignment Editor must immediately call the attention of or write an incident report about missed stories, factual errors and any other lapse in the performance of duty.
    3. Must be able to identify and resolve the above mentioned problems before elevating the same to the Operations Desk Head or the Head of Newsgathering

REQUIREMENTS

    • Graduate of a four year college degree, preferably in journalism, broadcast communication or related field.
    • Excellent knowledge of current events and relevant history
    • Possesses solid experience in the field of news gathering, reporting, news analysis up to presentation of news stories
    • Knows how to tell a story, able to capture complex situations and tell it in simple terms for audience to understand.
    • Has very good news sense and able to provide relevant news according to platforms served.
    • Able to maintain solid network of sources.
    • Good leadership and people skills.  Able to motivate, mentor and develop team members.
    • Good organizational and analytical skills.
    • Flexible, able to make sound management decisions and a quick thinker specially  when it comes to handling breaking news and special news coverage. 
    • Able to make credible and sound editorial judgments
    • Excellent in both written and oral communication skills in both English and Tagalog. 
    • Able to effectively deal with people from all levels in the organization as well as in various socio –economic and political groups.
    • Effectively manages stress not only of self but team as well.
    • Willing to work on extended shifts including weekends, holidays and overnights.
    • Familiar or have a working understanding of broadcast technologies, from computers, audio and video equipment to microwave and satellite transmission equipment.

Preference will be given to candidates who APPLY ONLINE.