Sports Anchor/Reporter, Lansing, MI

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Sports Anchor/Reporter, Lansing, MI

#1 Post by Jon Chelesnik » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:22 pm

It's fun to work in a company where people truly believe in what they are doing!

Lansing, Michigan is home to Magic Johnson, Tom Izzo, John Smoltz, and Ryan Miller. It's also home to the next great sports anchor.

WLNS-TV, the top-rated CBS affiliate in this sports-crazy Big Ten town, has a rare opening for a job leading our sports department, which includes a weekend anchor/reporter and sports reporter.

If all you can do is play-by-play and locker room interviews, don't bother applying. We need an anchor, a reporter, and a leader. You'll be expected to make contacts, come up with story ideas, and follow and break the "news" of sports. We want a story finder as well as a storyteller. We also need someone who can lead and “coach” reporters and interns in the department.

This is not a 9-to-5 job. You will be the main anchor, but you will also shoot and edit your own stuff.

This is not a pit stop. We’re looking for someone who will be committed to the brand and building strong ties.

We’re looking for someone with significant experience in the field, at the anchor desk, and who knows how to lead. This is not an entry level position and requires someone with the ability to lead and develop further our strong sports presence in the community.

For our part - we're committed to sports. When the Spartans go to the Big Dance, we're there. When the football team goes to a bowl game, we're there. We do various sports specials throughout the year, including a Big 10 football preview, a bowl special, and a special each week the Spartans remain in the NCAA basketball tournament. We also have the 5th Quarter - an award-winning high school football/basketball show each Friday night.

But we don't limit ourselves to football and basketball. We cover a host of high school and Spartan sports - including but not limited to hockey, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, and track.

Our market is also home to a minor league baseball team and the Michigan International Speedway.

Yes, we follow the Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings, but try to keep the focus local.

Qualifications: Significant experience in anchoring. Strong writing, editing, and shooting skills. A passion for sports in all of its forms and deep knowledge of sports history. A degree in journalism, communications, or a related field. Familiarity with (state of) Michigan and/or Big Ten sports is a plus.

Please indicate in your cover letter you learned of this opportunity through Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.

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Re: Sports Anchor/Reporter, Lansing, MI

#2 Post by Jon Chelesnik » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:51 am

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Re: Sports Anchor/Reporter, Lansing, MI

#3 Post by Jon Chelesnik » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:30 am

This is from October 3rd in the Lansing State Journal:

Fred Heumann, sports director and broadcaster for WLNS-TV Channel 6, is no longer with the station, officials said Thursday. WLNS is a CBS affiliate.

"Fred Heumann is no longer with the company," said Scot Chastain, WLNS vice president and general manager. "That happened yesterday."

Chastain declined to state a reason.

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/sto ... 856609002/

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Re: Sports Anchor/Reporter, Lansing, MI

#4 Post by Jon Chelesnik » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:00 am

This anchor/reporter position has been filled from within. The station tells me they will be doing a new posting today or tomorrow. It’s similar but separate – and anyone who applied for this job posted on October 7th job needs to reapply for the new one.

On a related note, almost 25% of the applicants for this job either didn’t include a link to their work or only had interviews and play-by-play on their tapes (as specifically requested NOT to do).

Not following application instruction wastes your time and that of the employer.

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