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News Writer/Anchor/Reporter

companyiHeart Media
locationDes Moines, IA, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/6/2024
Full Time

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The audio revolution is here - and iHeart is leading it! iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in America, reaches 90% of Americans every month -- a monthly audience that's twice the size of any other audio company - almost three times the size of the largest TV network - and almost 4 times the size of the largest ad-supported music streaming service. In fact, we have:

  • More #1 rated markets than the next two largest radio companies combined;
  • We're the largest podcast publisher, with more monthly downloads than the second- and third-largest podcast publishers combined. Podcasting, the fastest-growing new media, today has more monthly users than streaming music services or Netflix;
  • iHeart is the home of many of the country's most popular and trusted on-air personalities and podcast influencers, who build important connections with hundreds of communities across America;
  • We create and produce some of the most popular and well-known branded live music events in America, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour;
  • iHeartRadio is the #1 streaming radio digital service in America;
  • Our social media footprint is 7 times larger than the next largest audio service; and
  • We have the only complete audio ad technology stack in the industry for all forms of audio, from on demand to broadcast radio, digital streaming radio and podcasting, which bring data, targeting and attribution to all forms of audio at an unparalleled scale. As a result, we're able to combine our strong leadership position in audience reach, usage and ad tech with powerful tools and insights for our sales organizations to help them build success for their clients at a more efficient cost than any other option.

Because we reach almost every community in America, we're committed to providing a range of programming that reflects the diversity of the many communities we serve - and our company reflects that same kind of diversity. Our company values stress collaboration, curiosity, welcoming dissent, accepting mistakes in the pursuit of new ideas, and respect for everyone.

Only one company in America has the #1 position in everything audio: iHeartMedia!

If you're excited about this role but don't feel your experience aligns perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. At iHeartMedia we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace and are looking for teammates passionate about what we do!

What We Need:
We are seeking a good news writer, focused and driven to seek out stories. Able to anchor radio newscasts with a good voice, clear speech, and conversational reading style.

What You'll Do:

  • Anchor Newscasts for multiple markets
  • Maintain crucial deadlines in order to provide news stories in a timely fashion.
  • Write clear and concise news copy Produce, edit and write content for 24/7 Newswire.
  • Gather audio from press conferences, live events, and partner TV stations.
  • Produce, edit and write content for 24/7 Newswire.
  • Monitor sources for breaking news, e.g., wires and social media.
  • Must have general knowledge of all current events including but not limited to political, entertainment, sports, finance or military.
  • Finalize content using digital audio editing software.
  • Produce short-form reports (voicers/wraps) for anchors on the following shift.
  • Repackage content from producers and field reporters for newscasts.
  • May be called on to anchor breaking news reports as needed.
  • May produce features and interviews as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned

What You'll Need:

Skills and Qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and social networking platforms
  • Clear, pleasant, and well-controlled voice; excellent pronunciation
  • Personable, charismatic reading style and delivery
  • Ability to accept coaching and adapt to energetic and contemporary news style and delivery
  • Well-rounded communication skills for conducting interviews
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent contemporary writing, wordsmithing, and editing skills; proficient in grammar
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficient in media production and broadcast systems
  • Ability to plan and organize, set priorities, use critical thinking skills for story selection, and able to multi task in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Spanish a bonus

Work Experience:

1+ years' experience in on-air journalism preferred


4-year college degree preferred in Broadcast Journalism or Communications; current student will be considered.

What You'll Bring:

  • News Writer, Reporter, Anchor
  • Gathers, writes, edits and prepares news content, both text and audio.
  • Anchors newscasts as assigned.
  • General newsroom responsibilities.
  • Respect for others and a strong belief that others should do this in return
  • Ability to work within standardized procedures and an understanding of when to escalate
  • Skills to solve straightforward problems using established procedures
  • Close attention to detail, following up until issues are resolved
  • Common courtesy when communicating with coworkers and outside contacts

Des Moines, IA: 2141 Grand Ave, 50312

Position Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Pay Type:


iHeartMedia's benefits offering is flexible and offers a variety of choices to meet the diverse needs of our changing workforce, including the following:

  • Employer sponsored medical, dental and vision with a variety of coverage options
  • Company provided and supplemental life insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid company holidays, including a floating holiday that enable our employees to celebrate the holiday of their choosing
  • A Spirit day to encourage and allow our employees to more easily volunteer in their community
  • A 401K plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost - services include telephonic counseling sessions, consultation on legal and financial matters, emotional well-being, family and caregiving
  • A range of additional voluntary programs, such as spending accounts, student loan refinancing, accident insurance and more!

We are accepting applications for this role on an ongoing basis.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.

Non-Compete will be required for certain positions and as allowed by law.

Our organization participates in E-Verify. Click here to learn about E-Verify.

Required skills

  • Press Tours and Events
  • Live Broadcast
  • Social Media Experience
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