Do you Want to be a News Writer?

This is cut and pasted from a job posted by CTV looking for a news writer out in BC, Canada. Although this isn’t a job for someone just starting out it is great to read, to see what they expect, what a news writer should know and be working with. CTV is a very big mass media corporation.

News Writer

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week. Overtime as required.


  • Writing for newscasts, features or programme segments with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Adapting to rapidly changing programme situations.
  • Responsible for having items written and work with editors for final cut for the five and six o’clock shows.


  • Demonstrated ability to write to pictures an asset
  • Experience in broadcast writing essential.
  • Full knowledge of industry practices and procedures regarding news production and writing.
  • Excellent research, analytical and communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of legislation governing libel.
  • Strong creative abilities and leadership skills.
  • Strong journalistic skills and editorial sense.
  • Thoroughness and accuracy.
  • Ability to deal with multiple demands and pressure of on-air deadlines and corollary need to make immediate and sound decisions.
  • Knowledge of the history, geography, and challenges facing the region is desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of British Columbia mandatory.

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