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Assignment Desk Editor Interview Questions

30 Assignment Desk Editor Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Would you consider yourself a curious person?
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A good assignment desk editor is someone who is constantly looking for stories and being curious about what is going on around them. They are always looking for more answers to questions and pushing people to get them answered. The hiring manager wants to know if the candidate is someone with the drive and curiosity to find out information for the benefit of the entire newsroom.

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"I consider myself a curious person, and always have since I was a young child. I have always been getting myself into trouble searching for answers, and I believe that while back then it got me into trouble, now it is a skill that I can make work for the greater good of the entire newsroom."
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Question 2 of 30
What do you know about this area you want to work in?
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The candidate should talk about their experience with news in this local community, town, city, or state, and what knowledge of it they can add to the station. They should talk about some of the important issues facing the community, and why they are passionate about helping to tell these stories. They may also talk about the tangible things they enjoy about the area, such as the weather, the topography, the location, and the people.

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"I want to work in New York City because I have lived here in college and know a lot about the area. I feel like one of the locals and know that the stories I choose will be ones they will care about. I also feel that when we get calls into the station, they will hear a native voice, and it will make them feel more comfortable to tell their story."
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Question 3 of 30
Would you feel confident making decisions on stories when other producers and directors are unavailable?
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An assignment desk editor should be ready to make big calls on news stories that should be covered if producers are busy. They are responsible for telling reporters which stories to go to for the day, and should have a good grasp on the most important stories for that community. The candidate may use this answer to talk about what they know about the local stories and what stories would take priority over others if they were making the decisions. They also should mention how and why they will make good choices for the station based on their knowledge of the news industry.

Answer Example
"If I had to make calls on which stories to go to, I would feel confident in my decisions because I find that I have a good grasp on the stories that are important here and I would take into consideration what the reporters think is important, as well."
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Question 4 of 30
What is your experience working in the news industry?
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It is imperative than an assignment desk editor has a passion for news. They must show their desire to work in the news industry and tell why they love it so much. Candidates should mention what experience they have with news, whether it is watching it producing it, or studying it, how that experience makes them a valuable addition to the team.

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"I studied journalism in school, so I wrote and produced many news stories for 4 years. I love the excitement and speed of the news industry, and I am excited to join your team and help push stories forward."
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If you could start your career over, what would you do and why?
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The candidate should discuss another career they would be interested in based on their skill set and interests they have. They can reference the skills it takes to perform these careers and how they ultimately help the candidate be a perfect fit as an assignment desk editor.

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"If I could start careers over again, I would become a movie director. I am good at leading a group, looking ahead, and helping others. I am also personable and can help people with their problems, but can ultimately keep my eyes on the goal. This helps me be a good assignment desk editor because I am able to speak up when I feel that a story needs to be covered."
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Author of Assignment Desk Editor Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 04/27/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Assignment Desk Editor

August 17th, 2017

An Assignment Desk Editor is responsible for collecting story ideas for the news station or written publication to cover. Assignment Desk Editors find stories for the day and for future planning purposes. They are responsible for answering the news tip phone line and fielding breaking news, making calls to police and fire departments, and alerting the newsroom with the most up to date breaking news coming in. They are responsible for managing the newsroom calendar with story ideas and plans.

The Assignment Desk Editor also acts as a mediator between the producers and the reporters in the field. They alert the reporters of any breaking updates or big stories they need to go to. They are responsible for keeping up to date with all of the latest stories of the day via social media and making phone calls to top local offices, officials, and courthouses.