Wptv Executive Producer

E W Scripps

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WPTV-TV West Palm Beach-30306


One of the top-rated stations in the country is now seeking an Executive Producer (Morning) to improve our product, grow the talents and skills of the people on our staff, and strengthen our ratings on television, and grow our audience on digital and social platforms at the same time.

WPTV Newschannel 5 is the longtime #1-rated, Scripps-owned station serving the West Palm Beach market (DMA #38) in beautiful South Florida. Each weekday, the Newschannel 5 team produces 6.5 hours of local news on WPTV, plus 3 more hours of local news on our partner station, WFLX FOX 29. Specifically, the morning team produces news from 4:30-7am on WPTV, then another two hours 7-9am on FOX 29, followed by another hour newscast on WPTV at 11am. The Executive Producer will supervise all these newscasts.

The station's website, WPTV.com, is the dominant #1 local TV-affiliated website in the market.

WPTV has built the resources to win in the past, win now, and win in the future. Our resources include a new set and the market's only news helicopter. In addition, the power of Scripps' national network of local news operations and digital businesses provides a reach and an opportunity no other company can match.

Scripps leaders are trained and developed to lead for the present, and groomed for future opportunities in the company. A notable contingent of former WPTV leaders now provides leadership at Scripps' company headquarters.

The South Florida lifestyle needs no embellishment. You'll enjoy some of the world's finest beaches, water sports, golf, restaurants and entertainment. 

Key activities and requirements: 

  • Improve the quality of each of our morning newscasts. We need someone with a strong producing background who has a proven track record of thinking big picture. This person will implement best practices in production and content to grow our audience, especially those in targeted demographics.
  • Coordinate content and presentation across all platforms (broadcast/digital/social).
  • Supervise pre-production and live production to ensure quality and ethical standards and cooperation between production staff and editorial staff.
  • Supervise the writing of content, including but not limited to stories, tease, headlines, digital copy and social posts.
  • Manage schedules, overtime and performance for assigned direct reports, including but not limited to semi-annual reviews.
  • Monitor real-time digital analytics to guide editorial and showcasing decision-making.
  • Demonstration of editorial judgment. Knowledge of journalistic ethics and applicable laws.
  • Develop other peoples' skills and leadership. We need someone who can show they have history of growing others, especially producers.
  • Listen, learn, assess challenges and opportunities, collaborate to find solutions, and implement change. You should have a healthy appetite for risk in trying something new.
  • You must be good with multitasking and prioritization in order to meet deadlines.
  • Even in an active newsroom, you should bring an easy-going, confident attitude to be able to fit in with and lead our team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Education & Experience/Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communication or related field preferred
  • 8-10 years journalism experience 

Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws
  • Ability to create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas for multiple platforms
  • Have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office
  • Broad understanding of newsroom operations and equipment
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment


About Scripps:

The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation's largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including multi-platform satire and humor brand Cracked, podcast industry leader Midroll Media and over-the-top video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television shows including "The List" and "The Now," runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation's largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, 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." 

As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.


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