Alert Desk Curator - Hearst Television - She Runs It

Alert Desk Curator – Hearst Television

By She Runs It

Alert Desk Curator

Company: Hearst Television
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Hearst Television’s Alert Desk team is looking to hire a self-motivated curator who will be responsible for reviewing traffic coming from police, fire and communications personnel to enhance our digital offerings under deadline. The position is in-person and based in the WLWT News 5 newsroom in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Candidates should have newsroom experience and the ability to write clearly and accurately in journalistic style. The ideal candidate will have previous digital experience in a college newsroom or at an established media company, be a multi-tasker who can communicate and write effectively, as well as handle the fast pace of a newsroom and breaking news under pressure and accurately.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitor multiple public safety scanner feeds for stories of interest and breaking news  
  • Verify information heard on scanners and inform newsroom of information as necessary
  • Write and send hyper-local news stories and push notifications to digital audiences
  • Work collaboratively with assignment desk editors, digital editors and news managers to tell multi-platform stories that will engage viewers
  • Other duties as required


Experience Requirements:

  • Familiar with local news gathering techniques, technology and terminology
  • Experience writing and editing in AP Style at a newspaper, news website or news magazine 
  • Demonstrated success working with web-based CMS programs such as WordPress or Wix
  • Understanding of analytics and how to use them to implement learnings for improved results


Qualifications Requirements:

  • Strong news and editorial judgment
  • Polite and professional when dealing with the public   
  • Organized and able to multitask
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Previous digital writing/editing experience preferred
  • Ability to remain calm and level-headed during breaking news situations
  • Work flexible hours which will include nights and weekends


  • Related experience and/or training considered as well as a combination of education and experience.
  • Military experience is a plus


Additional Requirements

As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Television requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law. HTV will consider requests for reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

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