Experienced Broadcast Journalism Manager
  • May 24, 2019

Richard J. Couto

3 Birch Road, Assonet, MA 02702

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER.  WJAR-TV – NBC10.

Cranston, RI 12/12-3/19

  • Oversee and guide news gathering operation for the greater Providence and Bristol County, MA viewing areas.
  • Maintain and promote accurate news gathering practices.
  • Identify and implement efficient news gathering practices.
  • Manage staff and resources to create assignments for reporters and news photographers.
  • Develop, maintain and utilize local news sources for accuracy in reporting, including law enforcement, government, courts and other institutional newsmakers.
  • Directly supervise staff of assignment editors and photographers, promoting career growth and high performance standards.
  • Work closely with news management team, as well as operations and engineering departments to coordinate internal communications.
  • Coordinate external communications between field crews and the newsroom, keeping reporters, photographers, producers and managers informed.
  • Manage outreach with members of the local community to set up consumer and health stories that directly impact local families.
  • Coordinate online news coverage with Web and Social Media Teams.
  • Act as first point of contact for viewer inquiries.

 

REGIONAL EDITOR.  Patch.com

Rhode Island/SE Massachusetts.  6/12-12/12.

  • Manage daily content to drive page views, visits and engagement.
  • Coordinate daily, weekly and long term coverage of news assignments.
  • Update web site and social media platforms continuously with fresh news content.
  • Communicate with local sources and officials for developing news.
  • Respond to breaking news for swift and accurate coverage.
  • Reach out to members of the local community to promote events in coverage area.
  • Copy edit content written by regular on-line contributors.

 

ASSIGNMENT EDITOR.  WLNE-TV.

Providence, RI 9/11-6/12

  • Coordinate daily, weekly and long term coverage of news assignments.
  • Assign reporters and photographers in a timely and organized manner.
  • Respond aggressively to breaking news for swift and accurate coverage.
  • Communicate with local sources and officials for developing news.
  • Update station web site and social media platforms continuously with latest news content.
  • Responsible for handling all incoming telephone calls and internal communications with the newsroom.
  • Responsible for managing interns, making sure they are assigned daily tasks, which assist in the operation and preparation of newscasts.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL MANAGER. FOX News Channel/Network News Service.

Dedham, MA 1/97-9/10.

  • Managed Northeast region for Network News Service; the chief content news gathering operation for the ABC, CBS, and FOX News Networks.
  • Worked closely with Network Affiliate Clients to identify daily news content needs.
  • Provided Network Affiliate Clients with content on strict deadlines.
  • Managed daily communications with more than 80 broadcast affiliates in 13 states.
  • Wrote and approved all regional scripts under strict day-of-air deadlines.
  • Managed transmission of content via fiber, satellite and FTP.
  • Coordinated live breaking news coverage for the three networks (ABC, CBS, FOX)
  • Managed daily and long-term content coverage assignments.
  • Interviewed, hired and trained producers and coordinated staff schedules in Northeast Bureaus.
  • Adhered to strict news gathering budgets, including hiring of freelance crews.
  • Utilized social media sites as part of daily content operation (Twitter/Tweet Deck, Facebook)
  • Conducted annual performance reviews.
  • Focused on accuracy and dependability in a fast-paced environment.

EDUCATION:              

EMERSON COLLEGE.  Boston, MA

Bachelor of Science

Major: Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.

Minor: Sociology & Political Science

 

RELATED SKILLS:                    

Web Training:   HTML.  This includes experience with Content          Management Systems

Video Editing:  Creative Suite - Adobe Premiere

Microsoft Office & Outlook

 

 

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Education

B.S. Mass Communications @ Emerson College, Boston, MA.
Sep 1986 — May 1990
Earned degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Minored in Sociology and Political Science.

Experience

Assignment Manager @ WJAR-TV
Dec 2012 — Mar 2019
Oversee and guide news gathering operation for the greater Providence and Bristol County, MA viewing areas.
Maintain and promote accurate news gathering practices.
Identify and implement efficient news gathering practices. 
Manage staff and resources to create assignments for reporters and news photographers.
Develop, maintain and utilize local news sources for accuracy in reporting, including law enforcement, government, courts and other institutional newsmakers. 
Directly supervise staff of assignment editors and photographers, promoting career growth and high performance standards. 
Work closely with news management team, as well as operations and engineering departments to coordinate internal communications.
Coordinate external communications between field crews and the newsroom, keeping reporters, photographers, producers and managers informed. 
Manage outreach with members of the local community to set up consumer and health stories that directly impact local families.
Coordinate online news coverage with Web and Social Media Teams.
Act as first point of contact for viewer inquiries.

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