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FOX 55 Fort Wayne is a multi-platform television and digital media company.  We are the market’s local FOX-affiliated television station servicing Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio viewers for over 40 years.

FOX 55 is a leading provider of local news, weather, and entertainment.  With coverage of the NFL regular season and the NFC playoffs, NASCAR (including the Daytona 500), US Open Golf, MLB World Series and FIFA Soccer, FOX 55’s sports programming is unparalleled. 

In 2009, we expanded upon our entertainment expertise, adding the market’s only 10:00 p.m. newscast, “FOX 55 News First at 10.”  This newscast has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and has been awarded 3 First Place Awards in the Best of the Best of Indiana from the Society of Professional Journalists.  In 2011, FOX 55 added to its prime newscast the market’s only 52 week locally-produced sports show, “The Locker Room”, on Friday nights.

FOX 55 Fort Wayne strives to maintain its visibility in the community, forming partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana, the March of Dimes, and the American Heart Association.  In 2014, we formed a partnership with the Bounce TV Network, which targets African-American viewers, to televise their programming on our digital sub-channel.  In 2018 we added Antenna TV to another digital sub-channel, which includes the greatest hits of all time. 

FOX 55 offers up-to-the-minute updates online at wfft.com for news, weather, and sports; while also offering the community an array of digital products.  With solutions for online marketing including SEO, SEM, brand reputation, social media and more, FOX 55 is on the forefront of digital marketing.


Creative Services Director

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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Creative Services Director

 

If you like building enticing marketing and creating effective brands while working in an environment where success is the goal, then this may be the opportunity for you.

WFFT-TV FOX 55 is looking for a dynamic Creative Services Director who likes to tell a story and create market memorable promotions. If you are an experienced Marketing/Creative Services Director who can generate and execute powerful and memorable marketing, messaging, and branding we would like to talk to you. If you are an aggressive, strategic leader with a “we should try that” attitude then we are definitely looking for you to join our team.  Our ideal candidate must have a proven and extraordinarily successful track record for developing engaging, cut-through-the clutter campaigns across all platforms.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and lead our marketing and promotion department.
  • Work closely with our news department, sales department and local commercial production team on all forms of promotion, image campaigns, station events, profitable events, corporate initiatives, sales production and community affairs and commercial production.
  • Oversee all public relations activities and develop working relationships with other local media.
  • Work directly with our station’s media buyer to execute our media plans within budgetary limits and have innovative ideas on how to effectively use all forms of outside media and all social platforms to promote and enhance our news content and news talent.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, advertising, mass communications or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in media promotion.
  • Leadership experience in coaching, developing and motivating team members, including establishing performance standards and monitoring work effort and performance.
  • Have excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills and be a positive force within the station.

 

Skills Required:

  • Avid, Adobe Graphic Suite, and Premiere
  • Experience in directing, commercial production and station promotions.
  • Effective communication, organizational skills and script writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines
  • Create and manage department budget
  • Understanding of Nielsen, and Comscore ratings and trends
  • Highly creative and self-motivated
  • Flexible when it comes to scheduling

Please send your resume and examples of your recent work to:

General Manager

WFFT-TV

3707 Hillegas Rd

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46808

Or

WFFT.com

WFFT-TV is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Broadcast IT Engineer

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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WFFT is seeking a Broadcast IT Engineer. The ideal candidate will have experience managing Windows Server and Office 365 environments, including help desk support. Additionally, experience with Juniper, Cisco, Ubiquiti switches and firewalls, Linux OS, and video over IP systems is desired. The right person will be able to balance the interaction between traditional broadcast equipment and COTS IT hardware and software. TV engineering experience is a plus, but not required, we will train the right candidate!

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma

Qualifications and Skills

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS NECESSARY: Windows Server 2012 w/Active Directory Office 365

Management of switches and firewalls

OTHER DESIRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:

VOIP phone systems

Video encoding and decoding

Linux server and desktop

Embedded devices

RF network bridges

Job Type: Full-time

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).


News Producer

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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WFFT-TV the FOX Affiliate in Fort Wayne, IN has an immediate opening for a strong Newscast Producer who knows how to create extraordinary newscasts. We are looking for a candidate who is competitive, exhibits a positive attitude no matter the challenge, excels in decision-making and demonstrates leadership in the newsroom.  Our candidate must be able to incorporate station research and branding consistently to deliver dynamic newscasts. 

Requirements:

  • 4 year degree in Journalism, Communications or related field
  • Strong Journalistic skills and understanding of the tenants of professional Journalism
  • Be able to use local content and creative story-telling to create a compelling newscast
  • Comfortable delivery local content to digital and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of television production techniques and newsroom computer systems
  • Excellent copy-editing skills as well as writing spelling and grammar
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excel in a high energy team environment

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

WFFT-TV is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.


Media Account Executive

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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FOX 55 is looking for high energy individuals that enjoy meeting and working with new people to join our growing and collaborative team environment.  Base plus commission, realistic $50-$60K first year potential. 

 

Position Summary:

The Media Account Executive works to increase sales volume with assigned accounts and aggressively seeks new customers for both TV and Digital business.   

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Business to business sales
  • Achieve assigned revenue goals for TV and digital sales
  • Build and maintain quality relationships with accounts
  • Research, prepare and deliver sales presentations with marketing solutions
  • Participation in periodic product launch/sales training

Requirements & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Advertising or Sales related field preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Entrepreneurial with a goal achievement orientation
  • Multi-tasker with ability to adapt to fast-paced environment
  • Strong computer and e-skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law)

Benefits:

  • Base salary + uncapped commissions and incentives
  • Expense account
  • Full benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage
  • 401(K) with company match
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Opportunity for advancement

FOX 55 is an equal opportunity employer.


Technical Director

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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Job Description

WFFT-TV is seeking applicants for an experienced and dynamic Newscast Director. The Newscast Director is responsible for communicating and executing all technical aspects of live production, with all technical staff, including the Producer, Audio Operator, Studio, and Engineering. Positive pro-active attitude and schedule flexibility are necessary for this position. With a unique format, a dedication to hard news and the resources of WFFT, this is a rare opportunity to join one of the best.

Job Responsibilities
Directing broadcast newscasts.
Provide creative input and will work closely with the newscast producer and production crew.
Be responsible for clean technical execution of the overall look of the newscast.
Must be able to call and punch a newscast.

Master Control duties as assigned

 

Required Skills

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

MOS and basic computer network understanding.
Understanding of newsroom systems iNews/ENPS and video playback systems.
Candidate should be a problem solver and quick thinker, using technical know-how to resolve existing issues and to work around problems that arise during live news.
The position requires shift flexibility. Shift may include weekend duties.

Education
High School graduate.  Degree in Boadcast field preferred .

Required Experience
Must also have experience with production switchers, video servers, and audio and studio equipment.


Audio/Graphics Operator

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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AUDIO/GRAPHICS OPERATOR

Job Description

WFFT-TV has an opening for an Audio/Graphics Operator.  The Audio/Graphics Operator is responsible for preparation of graphic elements for the show as well as the proper operation of broadcast audio console and Ross Xpression CG during the show.

Job Responsibilities
Operate broadcast audio console.
Operate Ross Xpression.
Use Adobe Photoshop to create/reformat elements for use in the show.
Must be able to take commands from director and respond quickly to changes.

Required Skills
MOS and basic computer network understanding.
Understanding of newsroom systems iNews/ENPS and video playback systems.

Experience with Adobe Photoshop.

Experience running sound in a live or recording environment.

Candidate should be a problem solver and quick thinker, using technical know-how to resolve existing issues and to work around problems that arise during live news.
The position requires shift flexibility. Shift may include weekend duties.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field preferred or equivalent work experience

Required Experience
Must also have experience with audio and studio equipment.

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

 

 


Multi-media journalist

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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Fox 55 in Fort Wayne, IN is hiring a multi-media journalist. The ideal candidate will be comfortable and confident under pressure, someone who enjoys telling compelling stories. All with one goal in mind: Helping our team grow our TV viewers and our digital users.

Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana, the 76th largest city in the country. The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award.

WFFT is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls accepted. WFFT is owned by Heartland Media.  Our company expects top performance and results, but provides the support and culture to win.

Must pass pre-employment drug screening.

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

This is a full-time job.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and 401K plans!

Inquiries can be sent to News Director Andy Paras at aparas@wfft.com. No phone calls, please. 


Master Control Operator

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Switch station breaks and programs for both digital channels Record satellite program feeds Check quality of program feeds prior to air-time Operate Nexio and Sapphire tapeless airplay system; tape machines

Manage Playlist Dub commercials, promos and PSA’s for air Check next day’s logs for missing material Keep accurate transmitter and program logs

 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS NECESSARY: Good mathematical skills Computer & internet skills are necessary

Previous Master Control experience preferred, but will train the right candidate.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

 

PREVIOUS APPLICANTS:  Please re-apply to this posting if you still wish to be considered.


News Anchor

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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WFFT-TV Fox 55 in Fort Wayne, IN is hiring an experienced anchor to be a leader in the community and a coach in the newsroom. The ideal candidate has strong storytelling skills, is willing to help lead our projects team, and can connect to our users on all screens.

Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana and growing. Fort Wayne is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. 

WFFT is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. WFFT is owned by Heartland Media.  Our company expects top performance and results, but provides the support and culture to win.  

Must pass pre-employment drug screening.

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

This is a full-time job.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and 401K plans!

Qualified applicants can email their resume and updated reel to News Director Andy Paras at aparas@wfft.com.


Executive Producer - News

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

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Do you eat, breathe and sleep local news? Do you live for breaking news?  Are you the best producer in your shop, a leader, and ready to take the next step?  If you answered yes to these three questions then we want you. Fox 55 in Fort Wayne has an immediate opening for an executive producer. This person must understand the importance of telling local stories and doing so in creative ways.

The Executive Producer is responsible for helping the News Director manage and mentor the staff. The right candidate is able to make sure everyone is on the same page and moving the station forward as well as line producing.  If this is you, then we’d love to hear from you.

Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana and the 76th largest city in the country.  The Fort Wayne market is an extraordinary place to live and work, offering affordable living and an active lifestyle. Fort Wayne has been honored with several awards for quality of life and is a multiple winner of the All American City Award. 

Must pass pre-employment drug screening.

Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (subject to any medical or religious accommodations or other applicable law).

This is a full-time job.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and 401K plans!

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Presents news stories and other content for all platforms.
  • Ensures that all news content meets company standards for journalistic integrity and production quality.
  • Writes and delivers news stories in a clear and concise manner.
  • Produces newscasts and communicates clear direction with team members.
  • Assists in writing, copy editing, researching and coordinating news programming and other content.
  • Conducts interviews with news personnel and others.
  • Responds to breaking news and other urgent newsrooms situations as required.
  • Participates in promotional activities including public appearances.
  • Edits video clips as assigned.
  • Writes content for the website and other digital platforms.
  • Reports news stories for broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Arranges interviews with people who can provide information about stories.
  • Reviews copy and corrects errors in content, grammar and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.
  • Reviews and evaluates notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Determines a story’s emphasis, length and format, and organizes material accordingly.
  • Researches and analyzes background information related to news stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Gathers information about events through research, interviews, experience or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social or other functions.
  • Pitches stories to news managers and news producers which are relevant to the local community.
  • Helps develop story ideas.
  • Discusses issues with producers and/or news managers to establish priorities or positions.
  • Checks reference materials such as books, news files or public records to obtain relevant facts.
  • Revises work to meet editorial approval or to fit time requirements.
  • Shoots and edits news events and news reports.
  • Produces and presents reports for all platforms.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

WFFT is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls accepted.