Assignment Desk Editor I

Bristol, CT

Job ID 10089051

Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States

Business ESPN 

Date posted May 09, 2024

Job Summary:

Hires camera crews, satellite trucks and studios, and arranges feeds and/or transfer of content. Strategizes and organizes movement of IP-based transmission devices for coverage. Coordinates the efforts of freelance and staff producers and associated production/technical personnel to provide video and audio sports/news material for ESPN platforms. Handles all ancillary crew needs, such as parking, credentials, Ethernet, phone lines, and permits. Understands basic rights and clearances issues. Participates in strategic editorial and logistical planning of coverage. Acts as the liaison between the Assignment Desk and Media Assets, Media Operations, and Transmission. Gathers and communicates content for use on ESPN platforms, working with ESPN staff and vendors, social media, affiliates and other networks. Shifts will include nights and weekends.


  • Hires freelance ENG crews
  • Possesses depth of knowledge in fiber, satellite, cellular, FTP, and viral newsgathering procedures
  • Assigns and coordinates movement of IP-based transmission devices
  • Clears social media content for ESPN platforms Reacts immediately to breaking news and requests; pursues story-related materials (sound and video) in a timely manner
  • Collaborates with ABC NewsOne/ABC affiliates, as well as other networks, on breaking news stories, sharing of information, video and sound
  • Gathers and enters transmission information (satellite, fiber, cable) for televised games
  • Works well in a team setting, shows initiative and problem-solving skills; takes direction from assignment desk management, coordinating producers, news editors, producers and senior editors
  • Stays informed and up-to-date on sporting events and has above-average sports knowledge 

Basic Qualifications :

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, with the capacity to handle high-volume email and phone traffic
  • Demonstrated initiative and positive, solution-oriented outlook
  • Advanced ability to organize and prioritize
  • Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong knowledge of sports
  • Working knowledge of television production and electronic and social media newsgathering
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs: Outlook, Excel, Word

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Three-plus years’ experience in a television-related field
  • Spanish speaker preferred.

Required Education :

  • High School Degree or equivalent required

Preferred Education :

  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred



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