Position: Desk Assistant

Overview:

NET-TV, New York’s Catholic Station, is looking for an organized desk assistant who is creative and

has the drive to help take a multi-platform news department in the New York City area to the next

level. They will play a key role in assisting with the day-to-day newsgathering operation as well as

helping to foster relationships within the community to plan future coverage. The desk assistant will

work directly with the managing editor of newsgathering. They must have excellent news judgment

and be able to find the common thread that runs through both secular and religious news. This

position requires a candidate who is always up to date on current events, someone who can multi-

task, and someone who has critical thinking skills.

Responsibilities:

 Assist in the management of daily assignments across several platforms, which include, print, TV,

and digital

 Help to develop specific strategies to effectively cover the Diocese of Brooklyn and the

surrounding community

 Generate topical and enterprise story ideas that are relevant to the target audience through beat

calls, monitoring social media, and staying in touch with key contacts

 Organize and distribute a daily assignment sheet and run editorial meetings which include editors

and reporting staff in the managing editor’s absence

 Work closely with a group of editors, producers, reports

 Help to foster relationships with various leaders, offices and agencies to build a strong list of

contacts

 Monitor various news agencies and sources to ensure the organization remains competitive at all

times

 Answer phones in a professional matter

 Provide reporters and staff with information and research

 Frequently gather elements for the development of the show

Background and Experience:

 Minimum of one year working at an assignment desk

 Degree in journalism or communications or relevant studies

 Exceptional organizational, communication, and leadership skills

 Strong and proven ability to multi-task and to work under deadlines

 Excellent news judgment with ability to work with a group of print, digital, and television

reporters and photographers throughout the day

 Proficient in social media and newsroom management systems

 Basic knowledge of Catholic Church, teachings, and traditions

 Multilingual skills are a plus

About DeSales Media Group:

DeSales Media Group is the non-profit communications and technology arm of the Diocese of

Brooklyn. Services include media relations and strategy, marketing and social media, ad sales,

educational support, video production, large events, and news content. DeSales Media Group

operates NET-TV, a cable television channel that reaches more than two million people in the New

York area. Its news group produces a nightly television program, two award-winning newspapers

(The Tablet and Nuestra Voz), and is growing its digital department, which produces original news

and informational content. We don’t just cover our own backyard. We go where the news is

happening. Recently, our reporters traveled to Puerto Rico, Texas, Colombia, Rome, and Hong Kong,

Panama, and Ireland. The news department is the only outlet in the country to offer extensive live

coverage of papal trips and recently completed live coverage of World Youth Day in Panama, and

more than 40 hours of live in-depth reporting World Meeting of Families. DeSales Media is growing.

We will soon be moving into a new building, which includes a state-of-the-art newsroom and studio.

DeSales is looking for creative and experienced professionals who are motivated to make a

difference. The company offers competitive salaries, and many benefits including comprehensive

medical and dental benefits, paid time off, 403b, and company-funded pension.