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Scripps Journalism Career Program (JCP)

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Posted at 1:24 PM, May 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 11:16:08-04

What are the goals of The E.W. Scripps Company in association with this program? Our hope is to offer new graduates from quality journalism programs experience and training to jump-start their career. Ultimately, we wish to build a pipeline of talent for specifically identified critical journalism positions at Scripps so that we have ready-to-relocate talent before openings occur.

Who is Scripps hiring for the JPC Program? We have openings for MMJs and Producers at WTKR/WGNT-TV, the CBS and CW affiliated stations in Norfolk, VA. We recruit new graduates at one-year intervals and also reserve limited spots for those entering their senior year to join the JCP program upon graduation.

How long is the program? Journalism Career Program participants are offered a two-year contract where they will spend their first year in Norfolk. At the end of the first year, our hope is that the participants transition to a mutually agreeable second Scripps location. In rare situations, we may choose not to offer a second position and the contract will end.

Is relocation required? We are hiring for 24-month assignments. JCP participants will relocate to the Hampton Roads region for year one. It is our expectation that JCP participants will relocate to another station after their initial 12 months. We wish to hire new graduates who will establish their journalism career at The E.W. Scripps Company and will develop their talent at one of a number of different Scripps locations. A willingness to relocate to any of our locations is an important qualification for the program. We currently have stations as indicated here:

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV Mystery, Defy TV and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

What training will be provided? The manager and JCP Participant will work together to assess learning needs and develop a learning plan. Many co-workers are involved in the training; however, the manager and the JCP participant are jointly responsible for the execution of the learning plan. The participant and their manager will agree upon a regular schedule of meetings to check progress and make adjustments.

How will performance be evaluated? Performance will be discussed routinely at regular meetings with the manager. JCP Participants receive informal performance feedback regularly and formal feedback during quarterly check-ins.

How is housing handled? In addition to competitive pay and benefits, Scripps provides a housing stipend for the 12-month initial program period. Housing paid for by the Company is considered compensation under US tax law. We will provide a special bonus to offset the taxes incurred from the housing stipend.

What Compensation and Benefits are offered?

  • Salaries for the JCP positions are competitive and will be shared in offer letters to those selected.
  • The MMJ and Producer positions are non-exempt positions (overtime eligible). All overtime must be approved in advance by managers.
  • As employees, JCP Participants are eligible to take advantage of health benefits from Scripps and would also be eligible for participation in the 401k savings plan. Our health benefits include health insurance and pharmacy coverage, dental and vision plans and life insurance. Employer-provided healthcare coverage does require some employee contribution for the elected benefits. Programs and costs will be outlined in a benefits information sheet accompanying offer letters.
  • JCP Participants receive paid time off (PTO) in accordance with company policy.
  • A relocation allowance to enable JCP Participants to move a small amount of belongings and to fly/drive to Norfolk may be provided and will be outlined in offer letters.
  • Upon, acceptance and relocation to a second Scripps location, JCP participants enjoy a second location signing bonus.

Where can I learn more about The E.W. Scripps Company? Our website is a good starting place. We also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Become familiar with what our employees are saying about working with Scripps.

How can I apply? Please email your resume and reel to t’kia.wilkins@wtkr.com