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FOX 55 Fort Wayne is a multi-platform television and digital media company.  We are the market’s local FOX-affiliated television station servicing Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio viewers for over 40 years.

FOX 55 is a leading provider of local news, weather, and entertainment.  With coverage of the NFL regular season and the NFC playoffs, NASCAR (including the Daytona 500), US Open Golf, MLB World Series and FIFA Soccer, FOX 55’s sports programming is unparalleled. 

In 2009, we expanded upon our entertainment expertise, adding the market’s only 10:00 p.m. newscast, “FOX 55 News First at 10.”  This newscast has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and has been awarded 3 First Place Awards in the Best of the Best of Indiana from the Society of Professional Journalists.  In 2011, FOX 55 added to its prime newscast the market’s only 52 week locally-produced sports show, “The Locker Room”, on Friday nights.

FOX 55 Fort Wayne strives to maintain its visibility in the community, forming partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana, the March of Dimes, and the American Heart Association.  In 2014, we formed a partnership with the Bounce TV Network, which targets African-American viewers, to televise their programming on our digital sub-channel.  In 2018 we added Antenna TV to another digital sub-channel, which includes the greatest hits of all time. 

FOX 55 offers up-to-the-minute updates online at wfft.com for news, weather, and sports; while also offering the community an array of digital products.  With solutions for online marketing including SEO, SEM, brand reputation, social media and more, FOX 55 is on the forefront of digital marketing.


Executive News Producer

Fox 55 in Fort Wayne seeking executive producer

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Do you eat, breathe and sleep local news?  Do you live for breaking news?  Are you the best producer in your shop, a leader, and ready to take the next step?  If you answered yes to these three questions then we want you.  Fox 55 in Fort Wayne has an immediate opening for an executive producer.  This person must understand the importance of telling local stories and doing so in creative ways.

The Executive Producer is responsible for helping the News Director manage and mentor the staff. The right candidate is able to make sure everyone is on the same page and moving the station forward as well as line producing.  If this is you, then we’d love to hear from you.

Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in the country.  The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Presents news stories and other content for all platforms.
  • Ensures that all news content meets company standards for journalistic integrity and production quality.
  • Writes and delivers news stories in a clear and concise manner.
  • Produces newscasts and communicates clear direction with team members.
  • Assists in writing, copy editing, researching and coordinating news programming and other content.
  • Conducts interviews with news personnel and others.
  • Responds to breaking news and other urgent newsrooms situations as required.
  • Participates in promotional activities including public appearances.
  • Edits video clips as assigned.
  • Writes content for the website and other digital platforms.
  • Reports news stories for broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Arranges interviews with people who can provide information about stories.
  • Reviews copy and corrects errors in content, grammar and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.
  • Reviews and evaluates notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Determines a story’s emphasis, length and format, and organizes material accordingly.
  • Researches and analyzes background information related to news stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Gathers information about events through research, interviews, experience or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social or other functions.
  • Pitches stories to news managers and news producers which are relevant to the local community.
  • Helps develop story ideas.
  • Discusses issues with producers and/or news managers to establish priorities or positions.
  • Checks reference materials such as books, news files or public records to obtain relevant facts.
  • Revises work to meet editorial approval or to fit time requirements.
  • Shoots and edits news events and news reports.
  • Produces and presents reports for all platforms.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

WFFT is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer


News Anchor

Fox 55 in Fort Wayne, IN is looking for an experienced anchor and news leader for our newsroom.

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WFFT-TV Fox 55 in Fort Wayne, IN is searching for an experienced anchor. The ideal candidate will be a leader in the newsroom and the community who has strong storytelling skills and can connect to our users on all screens.

Fort Wayne is located in northeast Indiana and is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in the country.  The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Presents news stories and other content for all platforms.
  • Ensures that all news content meets company standards for journalistic integrity and production quality.
  • Writes and delivers news stories in a clear and concise manner.
  • Produces newscasts and communicates clear direction with team members.
  • Assists in writing, copy editing, researching and coordinating news programming and other content.
  • Conducts interviews with news personnel and others.
  • Responds to breaking news and other urgent newsrooms situations as required.
  • Participates in promotional activities including public appearances.
  • Edits video clips as assigned.
  • Writes content for the website and other digital platforms.
  • Reports news stories for broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Arranges interviews with people who can provide information about stories.
  • Reviews copy and corrects errors in content, grammar and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.
  • Reviews and evaluates notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Determines a story’s emphasis, length and format, and organizes material accordingly.
  • Researches and analyzes background information related to news stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Gathers information about events through research, interviews, experience or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social or other functions.
  • Pitches stories to news managers and news producers which are relevant to the local community.
  • Helps develop story ideas.
  • Discusses issues with producers and/or news managers to establish priorities or positions.
  • Checks reference materials such as books, news files or public records to obtain relevant facts.
  • Revises work to meet editorial approval or to fit time requirements.
  • Shoots and edits news events and news reports.
  • Produces and presents reports for all platforms.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

WFFT is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer


Digital Content Producer

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FOX 55 Fort Wayne is seeking a Digital Content Producer.  The ideal candidate has a firm grasp on current events and realizes the future is on-line and on mobile.

The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining FOX 55’s digital properties, including our website, mobile apps, and social media.  This includes daily content, editing content submitted by news staff, upkeep of site sections, video editing/producing, and web-exclusive content.

This producer will help cultivate exclusive on-line content, understand social media algorithms, and find what’s going to trend instead of what’s already trending.  The right applicant is an aggressive, smart, and creative producer who is also a self-starter.

You will work closely with the News Director and Creative Services Director to provide support on other special initiatives and projects as necessary.

No phone calls please.  Apply at this link: www.wfft.com/about-us/work-for-us/.  FOX 55 Fort Wayne is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Experience:

  • 2+ years of work experience in writing/editing capacity for a media organization
  • Experience maintaining a Content Management System
  • Non-linear editing, including experience with the Adobe Creative Suite

Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Digital Media, or related field
  • Excellent writing, spelling, grammar, and copy-editing skills

News Producer

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WFFT-TV the FOX Affiliate in Fort Wayne, IN has an immediate opening for a strong Newscast Producer who knows how to create extraordinary newscasts. We are looking for a candidate who is competitive, exhibits a positive attitude no matter the challenge, excels in decision-making and demonstrates leadership in the newsroom.  Our candidate must be able to incorporate station research and branding consistently to deliver dynamic newscasts. 

Requirements:

  • 4 year degree in Journalism, Communications or related field
  • At least 2 years newsroom experience
  • Strong Journalistic skills and understanding of the tenants of professional Journalism
  • Be able to use local content and creative story-telling to create a compelling newscast
  • Comfortable delivery local content to digital and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of television production techniques and newsroom computer systems
  • Excellent copy-editing skills as well as writing spelling and grammar
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excel in a high energy team environment

Please send resume and demo work to:

WFFT-TV

ATTN: News Director

3707 Hillegas Road

Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Newsdirector@wfft.com


Master Control Operator

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Switch station breaks and programs for both digital channels Record satellite program feeds Check quality of program feeds prior to air-time Operate Nexio and Sapphire tapeless airplay system; tape machines

Manage Playlist Dub commercials, promos and PSA’s for air Check next day’s logs for missing material Keep accurate transmitter and program logs

 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS NECESSARY: Good mathematical skills Computer & internet skills are necessary

Previous Master Control experience preferred

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma

 

PREVIOUS APPLICANTS:  Please re-apply to this posting if you still wish to be considered.


MMJ Fort Wayne IN

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Fox 55 in Fort Wayne, IN is searching for a multi-media journalist. The ideal candidate will be comfortable and confident under pressure, someone who can put together compelling stories. All with one goal in mind: Helping our team grow our TV viewers and our digital users.

Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in Country.  The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award.

The Reporter collects, analyzes and presents facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation or observation for all platforms in a manner that is clear, engaging and meaningful to our viewers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Presents news stories and other content for all platforms.
  • Ensures that all news content meets company standards for journalistic integrity and production quality.
  • Writes and delivers news stories in a clear and concise manner.
  • Produces newscasts and communicates clear direction with team members.
  • Assists in writing, copy editing, researching and coordinating news programming and other content.
  • Conducts interviews with news personnel and others.
  • Responds to breaking news and other urgent newsrooms situations as required.
  • Participates in promotional activities including public appearances.
  • Edits video clips as assigned.
  • Writes content for the website and other digital platforms.
  • Reports news stories for broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Arranges interviews with people who can provide information about stories.
  • Reviews copy and corrects errors in content, grammar and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.
  • Reviews and evaluates notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Determines a story’s emphasis, length and format, and organizes material accordingly.
  • Researches and analyzes background information related to news stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Gathers information about events through research, interviews, experience or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social or other functions.
  • Pitches stories to news managers and news producers which are relevant to the local community.
  • Receives assignments and evaluates leads and tips to develop story ideas.
  • Discusses issues with producers and/or news managers to establish priorities or positions.
  • Checks reference materials such as books, news files or public records to obtain relevant facts.
  • Revises work to meet editorial approval or to fit time requirements.
  • Shoots and edits news events and news reports.
  • Produces and presents reports for all platforms.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

 

WFFT is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer


Digital Sales Manager

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WFFT-TV the FOX affiliate in Fort Wayne, IN is seeking an experienced and innovative Digital Sales Manager (DSM). The DSM is responsible for generating and growing our digital marketing revenue. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in exceeding digital sales revenue goals. Our Digital Sales Manager will be the market’s expert on digital services and will work both independently and in conjunction with our established sales team, to achieve budgeted revenue goals in the digital marketing services area. The Digital Sales Manager will achieve these responsibilities by professionally and effectively selling our suite of digital marketing services/products (including our station’s broadcast news website, mobile platform, targeted video, digital audience and reach extensions, SEO/SEM, and sponsorships) with the objective of advancing client objectives.

Responsibilities:
• Accountable for our digital revenue performance
• Reporting directly to our General Sales Manager
• Expert knowledge of all digital sales and marketing
• Attend sales calls with existing sales staff to develop new accounts and grow existing accounts
• Be an effective educator and ambassador both internally and externally on the benefits of digital marketing
• Conduct educational forums and/or seminars for clients
• Effective closer

Experience:
• 3+ years of digital marketing or media sales preferred
• Significant knowledge of the local digital marketing services product offering and its effective use for clients
• Motivated, enthusiastic, self-starter who is able to work effectively both independently and collaborating in a team environment
• Effective communication and client presentation skills
• Ability to interact with high-level decision makers
• Ability to execute in an organization through collaboration and a consultative process
• Excellent follow-up, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Proven ability to meet and exceed sales goals
• Up to date on latest trends in digital marketing service industry
• Resourceful, self-motivated and a skillful multi-tasker
• Ability to manage account receivables for your book of business
• Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to become proficient on in-house sales systems

Requirements:
• Education: BA or BS in Business, Marketing, Advertising or Communications preferred


Audio/Graphics Operator

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AUDIO/GRAPHICS OPERATOR

Job Description

WFFT-TV has an opening for an Audio/Graphics Operator.  The Audio/Graphics Operator is responsible for preparation of graphic elements for the show as well as the proper operation of broadcast audio console and Ross Xpression CG during the show.

Job Responsibilities
Operate broadcast audio console.
Operate Ross Xpression.
Use Adobe Photoshop to create/reformat elements for use in the show.
Must be able to take commands from director and respond quickly to changes.

Required Skills
MOS and basic computer network understanding.
Understanding of newsroom systems iNews/ENPS and video playback systems.

Experience with Adobe Photoshop.

Experience running sound in a live or recording environment.

Candidate should be a problem solver and quick thinker, using technical know-how to resolve existing issues and to work around problems that arise during live news.
The position requires shift flexibility. Shift may include weekend duties.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field preferred or equivalent work experience

Required Experience
Must also have experience with audio and studio equipment.

 

 


Assistant Creative Services Director

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FOX 55 Fort Wayne is seeking a highly-creative, experienced Assistant Creative Services Director. If you have a passion for creativity, and need an outlet – this job is your opportunity! The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the development and production of cutting edge promos for on-air, digital, and social media platforms. This person must be ready to hit the ground running by developing campaigns from start to finish, and finding creative ways to connect with our audience.


Job Description:
• Write, produce, shoot, and edit News, Programming, and Community Event promotions for on-air and digital media
• Assist with Commercial Production as scheduled
• Assist with coordinating production, including working with News personnel and clients
• Develop contests with the aid of the Creative Services Director to grow station viewership and website usage
• Assist with station events as necessary
• Schedule and manage inventory for station promos, IDs, and PSAs
• Other duties as assigned by the Creative Services Director

Required Skills:
• Proficiency with non-linear video editing (Avid and Adobe After Effects preferred)
• Ability to shoot eye-catching video and write attention-grabbing copy
• Minimum 2 years broadcast marketing experience at a news-producing station
• Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines

Education
• College degree in marketing, mass communications, or related field

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Local Sales Manager

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FOX 55 is seeking an experienced Local Sales Manager (LSM). The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership qualities and exceptional negotiation expertise, along with effective communication, problem solving and project management skills. The Local Sales Manager will work with the sales team to strengthen client relationships, provide clients with solutions and achieve station revenue goals. The Local Sales Manager will drive core revenue growth and market share growth along with new business development and digital sales. The LSM will report directly to the General Sales Manager.

Responsibilities:
• Meet and exceed revenue budgets and share goals including total station, new business development, digital and station initiatives
• Work with management team on managing inventory and rates to maximize station revenue in order to achieve and exceed revenue goals
• Recruit, hire and train account executives to achieve revenue and share goals
• Develop strong client relationships through in-person meetings, sales presentations and client entertainment
• Schedule and conduct weekly sales meetings, one-on-one AE meetings, in-field sales calls and additional training opportunities
• Maintain exceptional knowledge of the Fort Wayne market in order to identify key strategies, emerging categories and new client prospects
• Analyze market trends and competitive initiatives

Qualifications:
• Education: BA or BS in business, marketing, advertising, communications or equivalent related experience preferred
• 8+ years of broadcast sales experience, which would include sales management, preferred
• Proven track record of growing revenue, growing station market share, selling cross-platform, and new business development
• Proficient in inventory management, pricing, and forecasting
• OSI, Matrix and comScore experience a plus or advanced knowledge of television sales software systems and processes
• Motivated, enthusiastic, self-starter who is able to work effectively both independently and collaborating in a team environment
• Effective communication and client presentation skills
• Excellent follow-up, strong organizational skills and attention to detail


Integrated Marketing Specialist

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FOX 55 is looking for high energy individuals that enjoy meeting and working with new people, have great communication skills, enjoy working in a team environment, and are reliable and willing to develop their own customer portfolio with our support. Realistic $50-$60K first year potential. We offer training, medical, vacation and other benefits. Visit wfft.com and click on the work for us link to apply now. FOX 55 is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Summary:
The Account Executive works within established Sales Department guidelines to increase sales volume with assigned accounts, aggressively seeks new customers for both TV and Digital business, executes plans and strategies set forth by sales management, maintains awareness of the competition, and maintains visibility in the community.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Business to business sales
• Achieve assigned revenue goals for TV and digital sales
• Maintain assigned accounts and develop new accounts all while creating strong relationships with clients
• Implement strategies to consistently grow revenue
• Research, prepare and deliver sales presentations with marketing solutions to clients, explaining the benefits
• Work with clients and station personnel to develop commercial concepts and promotional opportunities
• Track accounts receivable and collect outstanding balances
• Devote time to monitoring the competition, staying on top of industry trends, and sales training
Requirements & Skills:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Advertising or related field
• Effective negotiator
• Understanding of TV audience measurement systems and psychographic research
• Knowledge of strength and weaknesses of competitive media
• Well organized multi-tasker with ability to adapt to a fast paced environment
• Strong problem solver