Job Openings at NBC5

WPTZ/NBC5 currently has job openings for the following positions: Newscast Director, Senior Reporter and Production Assistant Read on for details.

Newscast Director

NBC5/WPTZ, the Hearst Television station serving the Burlington/Plattsburgh market, has an opening for an experienced Newscast Director. This position 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 brand new, state-of-the-art facility, a dedication to hard news and the resources of Hearst Television, 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.

Experience Requirements:

  • 2 years directing and technical directing fast-paced newscasts
  • Must also have experience with production switchers, video servers, and audio and studio equipment.
  • Equivalent military experience will be considered.

Qualifications Requirements:  

  • MOS and basic computer network understanding.
  • Understanding of Grass Valley Automation
  • Understanding of newsroom systems 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 early mornings and weekend duties.


  • Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field preferred.
  • Related military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and related experience will be considered.

Vacancy Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 2/18/2021
Closing Date: 3/20/2021
Visit to apply (tip, search South Burlington, VT). EOE

Senior Reporter

WPTZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY market, is looking for a Senior Multimedia Journalist that has the ability to generate story ideas, write to video, and do compelling live shots. We are seeking a self-motivated individual who wants to win each day. The MMJ should be an accurate, ethical, compelling storyteller with a team attitude. The right candidate loves telling stories and delivering them LIVE to the viewers. This person will produce content on-air, on-line, and for our mobile devices.

What you get in return is the chance to become part of HEARST Television, one of the premier broadcast companies in the country. You’ll also get to work with a talented group of journalists who go the extra mile for each other and the opportunity to live in one of the most scenic parts of the country. This position is based at our South Burlington, VT office, but will cover stories from throughout our NH/VT/NY market.

Job Responsibilities

  • Gather information for stories and live reports for newscasts that could include mornings, nights and weekends.   Variable shift possible.
  • Put together high-quality packages.
  • Coverage of breaking news
  • Develop sources and generate story ideas
  • Shoot live shots and live interviews
  • Shoot and track news stories
  • Work with reporters on packages, special reports and documentaries

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum three years television news reporting, photography and editing
  • Breaking news/sports reporter
  • Creative writer and packager
  • Military multimedia experience will be considered

Qualification Requirements:      

  • Works quickly and efficiently
  • Good personality.  Must connect with viewers
  • Must enjoy being part of a team.
  • Excellent writing and packaging skills
  • Must be able to provide samples of reporting and photography.
  • Ability to develop contacts and generate stories.
  • Ability to shoot and edit high quality video


  • Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field.
  • Military multimedia training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) will be considered with appropriate experience

Vacancy Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 1/4/2021
Closing Date: 2/3/2021
Visit to apply (tip, search South Burlington, VT). EOE

Production Assistant (Part-Time)

WPTZ/NBC5, the Hearst Television Station in the Burlington/Plattsburgh market, has an opening for a part time Production Assistant. We are looking for an energetic team player who understands the flexible schedule that the broadcast industry requires to join our production crew. This person will be responsible for operating cameras, teleprompter and video equipment; as related to live broadcasts and post-production.  Must have good technical skills, and good communication skills. Responsibilities include floor directing, assisting the news department, and other duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Operation of cameras, prompters, sets and other production equipment.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment necessary.
  • Lighting and script preparation for newscasts.
  • Video cueing during newscasts.
  • Maintain professional appearance of studio/sets.
  • Assist the directors as needed.

Experience Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of television newscast equipment and software required.
  • Videography experience helpful.
  • Related military experience will be considered

Qualifications Requirements: 

  • Must have a good attitude, be willing to learn, and be a team player.
  • Must be able to problem solve quickly and work well under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Attention to detail a must.
  • Understanding of Grass Valley Automation a plus.


  • Bachelors degree in Communications preferred. Current local students encouraged to apply.
  • Equivalent military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and associated experience will be considered.

Vacancy Type: Part Time
Date Posted: 2/10/2021
Closing Date: 3/12/2021
Visit to apply (hint, search South Burlington, VT). EOE