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Reporter/VideoJournalist – Full Time

WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan, seeks a bulldog.

We want someone who wants to find and break big stories and lead the newscast every day. Being a great story finder is as important as being a great storyteller.

We want someone with superior writing skills - who can tell stories in a clear and compelling way - and who understands that way isn't always a straight package.

We want someone who is inquisitive, resourceful, and understands the importance of relationships.

This position is for our Jackson bureau. Jackson is the second biggest city in our market and about 45 minutes south of Lansing.

When you need a photographer or a live truck, we’ll send one down. But most of the time, you’ll be a VJ – shooting, writing, and editing your own stuff.

But you won’t be alone. You’ll be based out of the headquarters of the Jackson Citizen Patriot, the paper of record in Jackson, so you’ll work alongside other journalists. (And of course, you’ll be in daily contact with the staff in Lansing.)

This job is NOT about taking the paper’s big story and doing the TV version of it. Quite the contrary: we want someone who will force the paper to copy off of you.

As the only TV reporter who will work (and perhaps live) in Jackson full-time, you will also be the station’s ambassador at occasional public events.

A degree in journalism or related field is required. So is shooting, editing, and newsroom experience.

No phone calls, snail mail, or DVDs. Send your resume, cover letter, and links to your work to newsdirector@wlns.com with the subject line "Jackson Bureau reporter."

Bonus points for a cover letter that tells us how you found and enterprised a story.

Reporter/VideoJournalist – Part Time

WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan, seeks a bulldog.

We want someone who wants to find and break big stories and lead the newscast every day.

We want someone who isn't afraid to go toe-to-toe with important people, ask tough questions, and ask them again when they try to duck you.

We want someone who lives for breaking news and wants to crush the competition.

We want someone with superior writing skills - who can tell stories in a clear and compelling way - and who understands that way isn't always a straight package.

And we want someone with critical thinking skills and good news judgment.

A degree in journalism or related field is required. So is shooting, editing, and newsroom experience.

As for us? We are an award-winning station that's dedicated to excellence.

We are home to the state capital, a Big Ten university, and two General Motors plants. Because of that, we've got more news, sports, arts, and culture than markets much bigger than ours.

And we've got a swimming pool.

Bonus points for a cover letter that tells us how you found and enterprised a story.

No phone calls, snail mail, or DVDs. Send your resume, cover letter, and links to your work to newsdirector@wlns.com with the subject line "Reporter/VJ position."

Weekend Producer/Weekday Reporter - Part Time

Do you love to write? Torn between wanting to tell one good story or put together one great show? Still trying to figure out whether to be a producer or a reporter? Well WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan, has the perfect job for you.

We’re looking for someone who can put together great shows on the weekend and break great stories on the weekdays. You’ll produce the 6 & 11pm shows on Saturday and Sunday and report two days a week. But if you’re only looking to produce and write instead of reporting, we welcome your application, as well.

This is a part-time position.

We want someone with superior writing skills – someone who can tell stories in a clear and compelling way – whether that’s putting together a package during the week or putting together the first segment of the newscast.

A degree in journalism or related field is required. So is shooting, editing, and newsroom experience.

As for us? We are an award-winning station that's dedicated to excellence.

We are home to the state capital, a Big Ten university, and two General Motors plants. Because of that, we've got more news, sports, arts, and culture than markets much bigger than ours.

And we've got a swimming pool. Really.

No phone calls, snail mail, or DVDs. Send your resume, cover letter, and links to your work to newsdirector@wlns.com with the subject line "Producer/Reporter position" Bonus points for a cover letter that tells us how you found and enterprised a story.

News Photographer - Full Time

Do you have a creative eye? An ear for nat sound? A nose for news?

If so, WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan is looking for you.

We have an immediate opening for a part-time News Photographer to join our award-winning photography staff.

We shoot with Panasonic P2 cameras and we have the toys to take your story telling to the next level.

Duties include but are not limited to:.

* Shooting stories out in the field with and without a reporter.

* Asking good questions of local and national newsmakers.

* Editing stories on a non-linear editing system.

* Working under tight deadlines.

* Operating our ENG Live Trucks. We also have a “liveshot in a backpack.”

Must be a team player, reliable, initiative driven and have a great attitude.

Candidate must have a clean driving record.

We are a station that's dedicated to excellence.

We are home to the state capital, a Big Ten university, and two General Motors plants.

Because of that, we've got more news, sports, arts, and culture than markets much bigger than ours.

And we've got a swimming pool. Really.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and a link to your work to Chief Photographer Dave Parks at dparks@wlns.com.

Please make the subject line "Photographer position." No phone calls, snail mail, or DVDs.

News Photographer - Part Time

Do you have a creative eye? An ear for nat sound? A nose for news?

If so, WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan is looking for you.

We have an immediate opening for a part-time News Photographer to join our award-winning photography staff.

We shoot with Panasonic P2 cameras and we have the toys to take your story telling to the next level.

Duties include but are not limited to:.

* Shooting stories out in the field with and without a reporter.

* Asking good questions of local and national newsmakers.

* Editing stories on a non-linear editing system.

* Working under tight deadlines.

* Operating our ENG Live Trucks. We also have a “liveshot in a backpack.”

This job is four days a week, including weekends. There is also the opportunity to pick up extra shifts.

This position has traditionally been a stepping stone to a full-time job here.

Must be a team player, reliable, initiative driven and have a great attitude.

Candidate must have a clean driving record.

We are a station that's dedicated to excellence.

We are home to the state capital, a Big Ten university, and two General Motors plants.

Because of that, we've got more news, sports, arts, and culture than markets much bigger than ours.

And we've got a swimming pool. Really.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and a link to your work to Chief Photographer Dave Parks at dparks@wlns.com.

Please make the subject line "Photographer position." No phone calls, snail mail, or DVDs.

News Assistant (part-time)

Looking to break into the business? WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, has a great “foot-in-the-door” opportunity.

We’re looking for a part-time News Assistant to work with the folks on 6 News This Morning.

This is a 5 day a week, 6½ hour a day job.

You’ll spend your mornings helping write stories, edit video, post to the web and social media, keep an ear on the scanners and an eye on the wires. You’ll also call the cops when news breaks.

A willingness to wake up early and a good sense of humor is required. The ability to work well with others as part of the morning show family is essential.

This job is a good stepping stone to other jobs here at 6 News. People in this position have gone on to become producers and reporters here.

Great writing skills and familiarity with video editing are essential. A degree or an expected degree in journalism and/or newsroom experience is preferred.

Please send your resume and cover letter (and a link to your work, if you have it) to newsdirector@wlns.com.

Local Sales Manager

General Summary: The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with successful sales team building and sales coaching experience combined with proven inventory management skills. The Local Sales Manager will ensure Local and Regional revenue goal achievement through planning, establishing systems for success, arranging appropriate training, and accountability for team members to insure positive results.

Core Functions:

• Reports directly to the General Sales Manager and works collaboratively with the Digital Sales Manager.

• Establishes ambitious, aggressive yet obtainable Local revenue goals.

• Assists in inventory management to maximize sales and meet revenue objectives.

• Recommends and manages effective Local Sales initiatives and programs to compensate, coach, appraise, train and hold local team members responsible for results.

Responsibilities:

• Builds client centric relationships within the advertising community to heighten local community value.

• Achieves and exceeds local revenue budgets and develops the maximum income for the station through the proper staffing, management, training, motivation, and administration of the Local Sales Staff.

• Develops the maximum income for the station on a daily basis by successfully and effectively managing the sales process for commercials, programs, sports, specials, special projects, and promotions to both existing and new local and regional advertisers.

• Maintains an active working knowledge of current and historical market ratings and competitive pricing trends as they pertain to increasing our local revenue and market share while maximizing inventory, ratings, and demographic cost per point levels.

• Assists the General Sales Manager in determining rates and sales strategies as well as recommending and implementing inventory control systems in order to maximize inventory and overall station revenue.

• Maintains internal relations with specific regard to morale while reflecting and projecting a desirable image to the local sales department, national rep firm and the broadcast industry.

• Holds regular meetings with sales staff and makes sure communication of sales opportunities are well thought out and disseminated.

Qualifications:

• The right candidate has a strong intellectual curiosity and sense of wonder about how our business works and isn’t afraid of new concepts and ideas.

• Prefer a minimum of 5 -7 years’ experience in broadcast television sales, with a strong background in agency, local sales, internet, digital sales and related positions.

• Must be an accomplished sales executive with proven success in delivering consistent and sustainable increases in revenue and market share.

• Ideal candidate will be a strong negotiator, with experience in building deep-rooted relationships with the national and local buying community and be able to demonstrate a track record of developing incremental revenue.

• Strong understanding of television ratings and pricing tools.

• Strong understanding of key performance metrics for internet and digital sales.

• College degree is preferred and a valid driver’s license is required.

Application materials should include a minimum of:

• Cover letter

• Resume detailing background and skills

Send to: ssouth@wlns.com.

Young Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring, training, or promotion of employees by reasons of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, physical or mental handicap, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or age.

Account Executive

Young Broadcasting of Lansing is looking for exceptional candidates to help drive our local media sales efforts. We provide our teams with the tools and training, to sell our 5 television station and cutting edge digital products to Central Michigan. We target thousands of local companies with a highly tuned business-category focus and we introduce these companies to the Power of our multi-media product line.

Responsibilities Include: Prospecting/cold calling, setting appointments with prospects, creative client presentations, and achieving a sales quota. You must have an appreciation for the sales process, performance measurement, employee development, and a results-oriented sales team approach.

Job Requirements:

• New business to business sales experience preferred with recognition as top-performer

• Minimum of 1 year outside sales experience required

• Strong understanding of lead generation

• Ability to cultivate long standing client relationships

• Media sales background preferred, not required

• Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

• Bachelors degree preferred

Benefits include:

• Competitive Pay

• Medical, Dental and Vision insurance package

• Paid Vacation and Holidays

• Career Advancement Opportunities

We offer full-featured benefits including 401(k)

Email resume to ssouth@wlns.com

Internship Opportunities

We are currently taking applications for the 2014 fall semester.

You can gain valuable experience in several key broadcasting areas with the internship opportunities available at 6 News. Earn college credit while you learn about the fields of journalism and video production.

To apply for an internship, please check first with your college advisor, then fill out an application at the station or online.

6 News is located at 2820 East Saginaw Street Lansing, MI 48912. We are located near Frandor, on Saginaw Street, across from Williams Auto World.

Applications are available at the front desk between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is the policy of this station not to discrimate in it's employment and personnel practices because of a person's race, creed, religion, sex, national origin or age.

Fill out the internship application form below to apply.

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