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Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

Reporter - MMJ

Publishing and Broadcasting

Reporter, Closed Microphone


Bakersfield, California, United States

KBAK/KBFX is looking for a Multi-Media Journalist. We want someone who fights for the lead story, brings great story ideas to the meetings, cultivates sources, and wins the story each day on ALL platforms. You must have strong storytelling skills and energetic/creative delivery. We are looking for someone who is enterprising and passionate about news. The ideal candidate should handle breaking news and live shots with ease, and be able to multitask on all platforms, while also being able to dig deep into a variety of topics for compelling, promotable reports with high production value.

Your responsibilities as an MMJ will include reporting, shooting, and editing news stories, enterprising story ideas, developing contacts, as well as other responsibilities as assigned. You will be expected to produce daily content on a variety of platforms including the internet, social networking sites, and mobile phones, in addition to television.

Skills and Experience:

  • Sharp news judgment
  • Enterprise story ideas that matter to viewers in Kern County
  • Execute all aspects of storytelling, scheduling shoots and interviews, shooting video, writing scripts, editing video, and going live as needed
  • Be a multi-platform storyteller, with regular posts to social media and the station's website and news apps
  • Meet tight daily deadlines
  • Respond urgently and appropriately to breaking and developing news
  • Will work with producers and news managers on developing, researching, investigating, writing, producing, and presenting stories as needed for both TV and digital platforms
  • Present completed news stories that are accurate, journalistically sound, fair, and balanced Will report live during newscasts and breaking news as needed
  • Build links with the community and contacts for developing impactful original stories
  • Flexibility with respect to scheduling and/or assigned work shifts

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Valid driver's license with a good driving record

While applying online, please include a link to your online demo reel. Applications without a link to an online demo reel will not be considered.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

The hourly compensation range for this role is $15.50 to $17.00. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate’s relevant work experience, skills, certifications, and geographic location. Full-time positions are eligible for benefits that include participation in a retirement plan, quarterly and annual incentive plan bonuses, life and disability insurance, health, dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 15 paid vacation days, 2 paid personal days, 9 paid holidays, 40 hours of paid sick leave, parental leave, and employee stock purchase plan.

About Us

Make your mark in Media with Sinclair Broadcast Group, a diversified media company dedicated to connecting people with content everywhere! We have consistently led the broadcast industry since our inception, and now Sinclair owns the largest regional sports network business and one of the largest television broadcast portfolios in the country. In addition, we have affiliations with all of the major broadcast networks, own Tennis Channel, and several multicast networks including TBD and Comet. Our content is distributed over-the-air, on multi-video providers, and through our industry-leading digital media platforms. We're at the forefront of NextGen technology, enabling innovative new ways to engage with broadcast content like never before. We also recently launched a free TV streaming service called STIRR. Our success is the direct result of our extraordinary employees and management team who believe in our vision and are dedicated to ensuring a great future for our employees. We are advancing the world of Media and want YOU to join our winning team!

About the Team

The life-blood of our organization is our people. We have a compelling story, a goal-oriented culture, and we take really good care of people. How good? Here is a glimpse: great benefits, open door policy, upward mobility and a strong desire to see you succeed. Ready to be part of a winning team? Let’s talk.