Are you an investigative journalist with a record of enterprise content?  Are you an aggressive watchdog looking to make a difference in the community?

If so, the number one station in West Palm Beach is looking for you!

WPTV NewsChannel 5, the E.W. Scripps owned NBC affiliate, is hiring for a difference maker to join our team! One of the main focus areas for this position is to gather new, investigate consumer complaints and generate enterprise consumer-related content.  With some of the best photojournalists in the market, this person will deliver quality consumer investigative content on all platforms.

This MMJ must be able to produce a mix of quick-turn investigative stories and long-term projects. Collaboration with a team of five is a must!

The ideal candidate will be at home in the digital world — using social media to engage and inform. Must be calm and efficient under tight deadlines, turning both long-form investigations and quick hits.  At least four years as an investigative reporter is required. The MMJ is responsible for researching, writing, capturing visual content, and editing stories for multiple platforms. Familiarity with Florida Public Record Laws, FOIA and data-driven reporting is a must. Will be expected to jump in and assist during breaking news situations, by finding investigative angles that advance the news of the day.

Primary Purpose

Create enterprise and original investigations that uncover issues and expose wrongdoing, and follow through on the reporting to ensure accountability and change. The reporter will be expected to deliver lead stories and/or specialized segments regularly.

Key Activities

  • Develop, create and research news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
  • Use databases and public records requests to research statistics and facts.
  • Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through interview, observation, and research.
  • Develops sources for news tips and information.
  • Organizes material, determines slant or emphasis, and writes stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.
  • Shoots video and still photos to illustrate stories.
  • Edits, or assists in editing, videos for all multimedia platforms.
  • Appears on television program when conducting taped interview or narration, and gives live reports from site of event or mobile broadcast unit.
  • Write and produce quality news stories for multiple media platforms.
  • Work collaboratively with both the investigative producer, and with the photographer assigned to story (if one is assigned).
  • Assist news producers in preparing newscasts.
  • Assist web department in preparing multimedia stories.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education & Experience/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism or related degree or equivalent years of experience.
  • Minimum of three years of experience required, five years of experience preferred.

Skills & Abilities

  • Computer literacy required, including newsroom computer systems.
  • Videography and non-linear editing experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of broadcast quality camera equipment.
  • Edit video on Final Cut Pro editing systems, or similar equipment.
  • Strong broadcast and AP style writing skills.
  • Proficient at posting content to various websites.
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment.
  • Able to work weekends, and long hours in breaking news situations.
  • Familiarity with legal issues that can arise related to investigative news reporting on television.

Work Environment

  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. In addition, proof of insurance and liability coverage may be required.
  • In the event of a local hurricane, stay at the station with the rest of the staff to help support the news organization.


About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 33 television stations, 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 and Laff; and Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” 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.”

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.