Current Available Jobs for WTVA

WTVA, a Heartland Media owned station, is located in the beautiful rolling hills of north Mississippi in the city of Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis and sits on connecting property to the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.  Located just 90 minutes from Memphis and two hours from Birmingham, Tupelo is the shopping and entertainment hub for all of north Mississippi and northwest Alabama and has been voted an All American City an amazing five times.   Mississippi TV, LLC (dba WTVA) is the NBC affilliate broadcasting on channel 9.1 and is the ABC affiliate broadcasting on channel 9.2.  WTVA also provides our over the air viewers with the ION network on channel 9.3.  In addition, WTVA provides services for WLOV (FOX, MeTV and ThisTV) a Coastal Communications station.  WTVA is the dominant number one news station for the 19 counties we cover in north Mississippi and northwest Alabama.  Providing nine hours of live local news each weekday and three and a half hours of live local news each Saturday and Sunday, WTVA and it's sister station WLOV field the largest news gathering team in our market.  We deliver on our brand, "Live, Local, Late Breakiing" with fast paced and relevant newscasts every day.  This is the station and the station group that can launch your broadcast career.  If this is your first broadcast job WTVA has all the tools you will need to succeed.   Using Magid research, consulting and coaching combined with experienced local news leadership you will have access to the best mentoring and training available anywhere in the country.  New and experienced recruits comment on the infectious enthusiasm and excitement when they visit the WTVA studio.  Using ENG vehicles, TVU backpacks and drones you will have access to the latest technology available in our industry and you will be expected to use it, every day in every newscast.  This is a small market station with a large market approach to every aspect of our operation.  You will get excellent, one on one training and support, no matter how experienced you are.  And, you will get national attention because we are known in our industry (numerous times awarded by AP and the Emmys) for developing the best journalists and producers. 


IT/Engineering Technician

WTVA has an immediate opening for an IT/Engineering Technician.

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REPORTS TO:

Director of Operations and Technology (DOT)

JOB SUMMARY:

The IT/Engineering Technician works to insure the station’s technical infrastructure is maintained in support of the company’s goal of providing a quality product to our viewers and clients. He/she works in support of the technical needs of each department within the television station. The IT/Engineering Technician also helps maintains the physical infrastructure of the station. This includes, but is not limited to, buildings, grounds and equipment. WTVA is a 24/7 operation and the Engineering Technician is required to be on-call as needed.

SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES:

  • Repair, maintenance, installation and configuration of computers, software and network systems
  • Repair, maintenance, installation and configuration of broadcast studio equipment (Training will be provided).
  • Provide technical expertise to station personnel
  • Facility maintenance

STATEMENT ABOUT OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The foregoing is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all functions essential to the job for which the IT/Engineering Technicians responsible. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different functions be performed when circumstances require it.

Experience maintaining computer networks is required.

Candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and background investigation. 

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Gary Savage

Director of Operations and Technology

gsavage@wtva.com

MS TV LLC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Traffic Coordinator (Part Time)

WTVA (Heartland Media) has an opening for a part-time position Traffic Coordinator. He/she will work daily with the Sales Operation Manager and Traffic Manager on the production of the daily broadcast logs. They will be responsible for (including but not

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WTVA (Heartland Media) has an opening for a part-time position Traffic Coordinator.

He/she will work daily with the Sales Operation Manager and Traffic Manager on the production of the daily broadcast logs. They will be responsible for (including but not limited to) the placements of spot advertisements, required last-minute revisions, optimizing use of commercial inventory,
finalizing broadcast logs, programming format and commercial copy. Organizational skills are a
must to succeed in this fast-paced, deadline driven environment. The ideal candidate is a highly
proactive individual who is willing to take initiative, can work seamlessly between independent
and collaborative work. This position will also interact with other departments such as Sales,
Programming and Engineering. Other duties will be given as assigned.

**QUALIFICATIONS**

Detail-oriented person who is organized and able to meet deadlines. Must be accurate
and able to work well under pressure.

Strong communication, negotiation, and conflict-resolution skills.

Must be computer literate with proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS
Outlook/Express, with the ability to learn new computer systems.

Experience working in Broadcast Traffic or Sales Service department is a plus.

Candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test. 

Contact April Turner at aturner@wtva.com

WTVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Producer

Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Producer.

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Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Producer.

Candidate must be able to produce fast-paced, hard-hitting newscasts, understand basic producing functions including rundowns, newscast timing and meeting production needs. This person will be working with anchors and reporters; editing, writing, and show layouts for the newscast. Other duties will include writing and editing stories to the website and social media.

Duties required, but not limited to: This job requires working knowledge of the news gathering process, strong news judgment, and the ability to frame stories effectively. This person must be able to assist in building stories for newscasts that are relevant to viewers. This person must thrive under pressure and be able to make quick decisions and adapt to last-minute changes.

Minimum Requirements:

Four-year college or university degree or previous relevant experience in a television, print, or web newsroom.

Candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test.

To apply, submit resume to:
Attention: Michael Raffaele
News Director
WTVA/WLOV
P.O. Box 320
Tupelo, MS 38802
mraffaele@wtva.com

MS TV LLC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Multi-Media Journalist

Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Multi-Media Journalist.

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Mississippi TV, LLC (WTVA) has an immediate opening for a Multi-Media Journalist.

Brief Description: 

Duties required, but not limited to:  This job requires working knowledge of the newsgathering process. Strong news judgment required. Candidate must be able to drive vehicle to cover news stories. Must be able to shoot video with station cameras as well as write and edit stories with station equipment. Candidate must be able to report live from the field. Candidate must be able to post written, video and picture content across the multiple online platforms and social media sites. Candidate will follow newsroom dress code to properly represent station on the air and in the field. 

Minimum requirements: 

Four-year college or university degree and/or previous experience in a television, print or web newsroom.? Valid driver's license and be insurable. 

Candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test.   

To apply, submit resume to:? 

Mississippi TV, LLC 
Attention: Michael Raffaele, News Director 
WTVA/WLOV 
Post Office Box 320 
Tupelo, MS 38802-0320 
mraffaele@wtva.com 

Please include where you found out about the open position. 

MISSISSIPPI TV, LLC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 


Internships

Do you want to intern at WTVA?

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WTVA internship opportunities exist in the News, Operations, and Marketing departments.

WTVA internship opportunities exist in the News, Operations, and Marketing departments. To be considered for an internship position you must fill out and return an Internship Application via postal mail or e-mail. Guidelines for the program are also posted on our Web site; please read them to ensure you meet the qualifications.

All of WTVA's internships are unpaid; therefore, you must receive college credit for your internship. There are no exceptions. You are not guaranteed a position just because you've submitted an application. We receive many more applications than positions available.

Types Of Internships

News Intern
News interns may be responsible for a variety of duties. They will be asked to answer the assignment desk phone, take viewer comments and story ideas, make phone calls, and set up interviews. As part of the internship, they will be offered the opportunity to go out on stories to observe a news crew and produce a résumé tape. Interns may also assist the Sports and Weather departments when needed. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Raffaele at (662) 842-7620.

Operations Intern
Operations interns work with directors as well as other department personnel in the planning and execution of television broadcasts. This includes working with daily newscasts, as well as local programming specials. Interns will work in all phases of the Operations department, including master control, audio mixing, character generator operation, studio camera photography, and graphics. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Savage at (662) 842-7620.

Marketing Intern
Interns will assist the Marketing and Creative Services department in implementing and developing multi-station promotional items as well as commerical production for local clients. Duties may include writing scripts, assisting on commerical or in house shoots, planning marketing strategies, monitering social media accounts, and assisting at station-sponsored events. This internship requires superior writing skills, proper phone etiquette, and the ability to work well with people. Will also aid in general departmental duties as assigned. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Usry at (662) 842-7620.

All interns are required to pass a pre-internship drug test.


Account Executive

WTVA-TV, Heartland Media’s NBC and ABC Television Affiliates in Tupelo, Mississippi is hiring an Account Executive.

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WTVA-TV, Heartland Media’s NBC and ABC Television Affiliates in Tupelo, Mississippi is hiring an Account Executive. As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for selling advertising and promotions to local businesses and ad agencies. This position will also bring in new businesses to advertise on WTVA-TV, WTVA.com and other digital products offered by our sales department. The ideal candidate is service oriented, coachable, thrives in a goal-oriented team environment and has strong interpersonal skills. If you are motivated by an excellent product, great compensation, and working with a talented team of professionals; look no further. We will provide the tools for powerful multi-platform marketing solutions that will create partnerships to retain and grow our existing and new client base – you provide sales ability, positive attitude, client focus, and desire to WIN! 

Job Responsibilities:                           

  • Generate revenue across all available platforms
  • Prospect, contact and present to new businesses to generate new advertising revenue
  • Manage inventory and protect station rate structure
  • Form strategic business and market partnerships
  • Manage an active account and client list
  • Regularly meet with sales managers to ensure progression and success with stated goals
  • Act as negotiator for assigned accounts; ensure proposals align with station strategies.
  • Create and deliver sales presentations to clients & agencies

Required Skills                           

  • Ability to multi-task within a fast-paced environment
  • Accountability within a goal-structured organization
  • A positive, results-oriented attitude and must be a team player
  • Proven track record of successfully selling to business owners and CEO’s
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Must be able to use qualitative research effectively to further sales effort
  • Strong formal and interpersonal communication skills         

Minimum Requirements:                                        

  •  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Must have a proven track record in sales and new business development  
  • Experience in TV/Radio/Newspaper or other sales related experience
  • Experience in a consultative customer focused business atmosphere
  • Must have personal insured transportation & valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check

To apply, submit resumé to:

Mississippi TV LLC
Attention: Luke Stanford

Post Office Box 320
Tupelo, Mississippi 38802-0320
lstanford@wtva.com


News Director

WTVA has an immediate opening for a News Director.

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News Director- Heartland Media
WTVA-TV (NBC 9.1/ABC 9.2)
Tupelo, MS

Small Market News Directors, are you tired of chasing #1 with little to no resources? Are you ready to work for a dominant station and experience what winning BIG feels like? Mid-Market Middle Managers, are you ready for your first News Director gig with a serious news station?

WTVA, the Heartland Media owned NBC and ABC affiliate in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (133), will take your career to a big market experience fast. You must eat, sleep and breathe news to do this job. WTVA attacks news every day with a fast-paced delivery for more than 9 hours of live coverage each weekday. Heartland Media is a company that believes in and invests in live, local news.

Does your current employer invest in your career with training and consulting as if you were a network O & O? Heartland does, and you could soon be working with Magid consultants who partner with us to provide research-based consumer insights to continue to evolve our winning strategy. We may be market 133, but we play like the big leagues. Interested?

The ideal candidate must be energetic, positive, passionate, competitive, possess strong motivational skills and exceed in recruiting and training across generations. If you can’t check those boxes, please do not waste my time or yours. 

Why Tupelo? Why North Mississippi? We live in a cultural hotbed for internationally recognized music, art and literature. Elvis was born here. BB King played in the joints. Tennesse Williams spent much of his youth here. Plus, we’re only 90 minutes from Memphis, 3.5 hours from Nashville - and we’re in the middle of three of the most competitive SEC universities (Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State). The area is home to the Columbus Air Force Base, PACAR, Toyota, and produces more home furnishings than any other area of the country. The cost of living is low too, so your generous compensation plan will give you more bang for your buck.

WTVA is looking for an individual who can lead their legacy station in north Mississippi to new heights of success. This individual should possess the leadership skills necessary to quickly gain the respect of a very strong team of journalists. Duties required, but not limited to, overseeing day-to-day operation and responsibility of the newsroom and the following:

  • Provide strategic, logistical planning, and direction to the entire news department.
  • Lead, develop, and coordinate electronic and digital news gathering operations: writing, video gathering, editing, remote broadcasts, ENG trucks and backpacks.
  • Provide guidance, training, and leadership for editorial and newsgathering personnel, including MMJs, videographers, reporters, editors, anchors and others as assigned.
  • Responsible for staffing and supervisory duties, including hiring, performance management, scheduling, and evaluation of all department personnel.
  • Mentor and develop news employees' news gathering and technology skills, especially in the use of digital and wireless tools.
  • Work with General Manager, Business Manager and Director of Technology/Operations to plan and manage the TV News operating and capital budgets.  Plan, supervise, and track department expenditures.

NOTE:  All of the essential functions of this position are not necessarily described in this posting. 

Qualifications:

  • Four year college degree (or the equivalent) preferably in journalism or communications.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in newsgathering and/or production and at least 3 years of direct management experience in a local television or network environment.
  • Experience supervising, training, coaching and motivating a team.

Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a drug screening, investigative background check, employment/education verifications and reference checks. You must hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable under Mississippi Law.

WTVA provides services to Coastal Television’s WLOV (FOX 27).

To apply please send resume via email or mail to:

Jerry Jones

jjones@wtva.com

WTVA

P.O. Box 320

Tupelo, MS 38802

 No Phone Calls Please

WTVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition to complying with the requirements of federal law, WTVA will comply with applicable state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination.