Assignment Editor   

Division: Television
Work Status: Full-Time
Location: Toronto, ON

About the Role:

The News Department at Global Television has an immediate, full time career opportunity for an Assignment Editor located in Toronto, Ontario.

The successful candidate for this position will be a proven assignment editor, capable of making decisions on planning, and organizing news agendas, and will be responsible for the overall assignment desk. Knowledge of the Ontario market is a must and managerial experience is also required. This position will also involve substantial scheduling duties and various news and newsroom administration responsibilities.


  • Reporting to the Managing Editor, the following is a paraphrase of the primary functions, but does not outline all of the duties and responsibilities that may be assigned to this position:
  • Generate, pitch and come up with original angles for daily news stories as well as plan the roll-out of the story across all platforms, including online
  • Generate and maintain a thorough assignment file with look ahead and follow up stories, both short-term and long-term
  • Supervise assignment desk staff ensuring radio/TV and online news reports and scanners are monitored, as well as police, fire, ambulance and associated web sites, for story development and crew movement.
  • Ensure proper staffing of the assignment desk
  • Must create and maintain schedules for Global Toronto news employees and resources, including replacement and vacation schedules.
  • Must monitor and account for Global Toronto production costs, overtime and other incremental spending.
  • Assist in planning long-term goals and objectives.
  • Liaise with producers for editorial and production requirements of daily shows.
  • Provide training and guidance to editorial personnel and evaluate their progress.
  • Provide guidance to news staff on ethics and legalities of news coverage.
  • Manage the news resources by overseeing the assignment of camera, reporters and communication of upcoming assignments to staff.
  • Provide leadership and communication between employees and news management.
  • Lead and conduct regular editorial production meetings.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Working knowledge of new media tools and technologies (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc..) and related applications
  • Willingness to adapt to rapidly changing technology and workflows as well as show a willingness to learn new online skills in a multi-faceted digital news operation
  • Familiarity with current state of online news reporting and where it’s headed
  • Experience in updating online and broadcast content with a content management system
  • Must be proficient in creating, curating and developing content using digital operating systems for multiple platforms

About You

What We Need From You:

  • A diploma/degree in broadcasting, communications and/or journalism, combined with at least 5 years of assignment experience
  • Familiarity with budgets, application of the collective agreement and an expertise in employee and resource scheduling
  • Thorough knowledge of social media
  • Management experience is an asset
  • Strong writing and vetting skills and any prior field experience would be an asset.
  • Must work well under pressure and be able to meet strict and ongoing deadlines
  • Capable of working in a team environment while exercising a results-oriented leadership.
  • Strong organizational skills, leadership, creativity, confidence and a positive attitude are also required.

How to Apply

Corus is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Please email your resume and cover letter to no later than August 21 2018.

Internal candidates must meet eligibility requirements before they can apply for an internal position at Corus, which includes being in their current role for at least 12 months.  They must also indicate they are internal in the subject line. Please refer to the Recruitment Policy for more information.