Annual EEO Public File Report

Reporting Period: December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2019

     The purpose of this EEO Public File Report (“Report”) is to comply with Section 73.2080 (c) (6) of the FCC’s Rules.  This report has been prepared on behalf of the Station Employment Unit that is comprised of the following station:  WLNE-TV, New Bedford, MA, and is required to be placed in the public inspection file of the station, and posted on its website. 

      The information contained in this Report covers the time period beginning December 1, 2018 to and including November 30, 2019 (“the Applicable Period”).

       The FCC’s EEO Rules require that this Report contain the following information:

  1. A list of all full-time vacancies filled by the Station(s) comprising the StationEmployment unit during the Applicable Period;

  1. For each vacancy, the recruitment source(s) utilized to fill the vacancy (including if applicable, organizations entitled to notification pursuant to Section 73.2080 (c)(1)(ii) of the FCC Rules, which should be separately identified), identified by name, address, contact person and telephone number;

  1. The recruitment source that referred the hiree for each full-time vacancy during the Applicable Period;

  1. Data reflecting the total number of persons interviewed for full-time vacancies during the Applicable Period and the total number of interviewees referred by each recruitment source utilized in connection with such vacancies; and

  1. A list and brief description of the initiatives undertaken pursuant to Section 73.2080 (c) (2) of the FCC Rules.

The attached Appendices 1, 2 and 3 which follow have been designed, in the aggregate, to provide the required information.  Please note that the numbers listed under column three of Appendix 1, titled “Recruitment Sources Used to Fill Vacancies,” refer to the Source Numbers for those sources as defined in Appendix 2. 

For purposes of this Report, a vacancy was deemed “filled” not when the offer was extended but when the hire accepted the job offer.  A person was deemed “interviewed” whether he or she was interviewed in person, over the telephone or by e-mail.

Annual EEO Public File Report

Reporting Period:  December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019

Station(s) in Station Employment Unit:  WLNE-TV, New Bedford, MA

Appendix 1: Vacancy Information

Full-time Vacancies Filled by Job Title

Recruitment Sources Used to Fill Vacancies

Recruitment Source of Hiree

1

Assignment Editor

1, 2, 7-9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22 - 24, 26, 28, 29-33, 37-39, 41, 42

1

2

Photojournalist

1, 4, 7, 13, 17–20, 22, 25, 27-30, 32, 37, 39, 41, 42,

41

3

Production Assistant

1, 2, 5, 7-9, 11, 14-17, 19-24, 26-32, 37, 38, 41, 42

1, 41 (two hired)

4

Account Executive

1, 7, 13, 17-20, 22, 25, 28-30, 32, 34, 35, 37, 39-42

41

5

Photojournalist

1, 2, 7, 13, 16-20, 24, 25, 27-30, 32, 34, 37, 39-43

1, 37 (two hired)

6

Assignment Editor

1, 3, 5-9, 11, 13, 14, 16-21, 23, 26-34, 37-42

2

7

Local Sales Assistant

1, 7, 13, 16-20, 25, 27-30, 32, 34, 35, 37, 39-43

25

8

Weekend Anchor/Photojournalist

1, 7, 13, 16-20, 28-30, 32, 34, 37, 39-43

37

9

Chief Photographer

1, 3, 5-9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19-21, 23, 26, 28-34, 37-39, 41-43

41

10

Video Editor

1, 3, 5-9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19-21, 23, 26-34, 37, 38, 40-43

1, 41 (two hired)

11

Local Sales Assistant

1, 5-7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26-34, 37-43

41

12

Broadcast Engineer

1, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 25, 34, 37, 39-43

25

13

Photographer

1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13-15, 17, 19-21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 31, 33, 37, 39-43

41

14

Account Executive

1, 4,13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 27, 34, 35, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43

41

Annual EEO Public File Report

Reporting Period:  December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019

Station(s) in Station Employment Unit:  WLNE-TV, New Bedford, MA

Appendix 2: Recruitment Source Information

Source Number

Recruitment Source                      (Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period

1

ABC6 website*

www.abc6.com

16

2

Blacks Interested in Communications*

Attn: George Castro

1468 Broad Street

Providence, RI 02905

401-941-9370

3

Boston College*

38 Commonwealth Avenue

Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

617-552-3430

4

Broadcasting & Cable

28 East 28th Street, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10016

212-378-0485

www.broadcastingcable-jobs.carreerwebsite.com

5

Brown University*

172 Meeting Street

PO Box 1907

Providence, RI 02912-1907

401-863-1000

www.brown-csm.simplicity.com

Source Number

Recruitment Source                      (Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period

6

Bryant College*

Attn: Yvonne Combies

1150 Douglas Pike, P O Box 1065

Smithfield, RI 02917

401-232-6000

www.bryant.edu

7

Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy – ChisPA*

Attn: Miguel Sanchez-Hartwein

421 Elmwood Avenue

Providence, RI  02907

401-467-0111

8

Connecticut College*

Attn: John Hayes

270 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT  06320

813-254-9695

9

Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)*

Attn: Camille Numrich

400 East Avenue

Warwick, RI 02886

Ph. 401-825-2050

Fax 401-825-1148

www.ccri.edu

1

10

Corporation for Public Broadcasting*

Attn: Employment Outreach Project

401 Ninth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004-2036

202-879-9600

Source Number

Recruitment Source                      (Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period

11

Emerson College*

Attn: Lisa Chang

120 Boyston Street

Boston, MA 02116

617-824-8500

12

Indeed.com

Attn: Career Services

177 Broad Street 6th Floor

Stamford, CT  06901

www.indeed.com

13

Jobvertise, Inc.*

Attn: Samuel Roseman

32 Cumberland Drive

Lincolnshire, IL  60069

www.jobvertise.com

14

Johnson & Wales University*

Attn: Akanksha Aga

8 Abbott Park Place

Providence, RI  02903

401-598-2414

15

Lincoln Technical Institute

Attn: Beth Comella

622 George Washington Highway

Lincoln, RI  02865

401-334-2430

16

MA Labor and Workforce Development*

Attn: Division of Career Services

Charles F. Hurley Building
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-626-5300

Source Number

Recruitment Source

(Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period

17

Mass Broadcasters Association*

www.massbroadcasters.org

18

Medialine*

Attn: Mark Shilstone

PO Box 51909

Pacific Grove, CA  93950

Ph. 800-237-8073

Fax 831-648-5204

19

NAACP – Providence Branch*

Attn: James Vincent

P.O. Box 5767

881 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

401-521-6222

20

NATAS *

Attn: Barbara Baker

1697 Broadway, Ste. 1001

New York, NY  10019

Ph. 212-586-8424

Fax 212-246-8129

21

New England Institute of Technology*

Attn: Pat Blakemore

2500 Post Road

Warwick, RI 02886

401-739-5000

1

22

NPPA*

Attn: Mindy Hutchinson

3200 Croasdaile Dr., Ste. 306

Durham, NC  27705

919-383-7246

23

Providence College*

Attn: Feinstein Academic Center

549 River Avenue

Providence, RI 02918

401-865-1000

Source Number

Recruitment Source

(Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period

24

Providence Human Relations Commission*

Attn: Melba Depena

400 Westminster Street

Providence, RI  02903

401-351-0475

25

Providence Journal/Monster.com/ ZipRecruiter*

Attn: Mark

75 Fountain Street

Providence, RI  02902

401-277-7730

www.adorder@projo.com

17

26

Rhode Island College*

Career Development Center

600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue

Providence, RI 02908-1991

401-456-8000

27

Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training*

Center General Complex

Attn: Sandra Powell
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Ph. 401-462-8000

Fax 401-462-8722

www.dlt.state.ri.us

28

Rhode Island Indian Council*

Attn: Employment Services

807 Broad St.

Providence, RI  02907

401-941-3398

Source Number

Recruitment Source                      (Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

 Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period.

29

RICJ*

Attn: Toby Ayers

P.O. Box 893

Providence, RI  02901

401-467-1712

30

RI Nexus*

Attn: Stuart Freiman

315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101

Providence, RI  02908

Ph. 401-278-9100

Fax 401-273-8270

31

Roger Williams University*

Attn: Krystal Sweet

One Old Ferry Road

Bristol, RI 02809

Phone: 401-254-3224

Fax: 401-254-3497

32

RI State Equal Opportunity Office*

Attn: Raymond Lambert

One Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908
401-222-3090

33

Salve Regina University*

Attn: Office of Career Development

100 Ochre Point Avenue

Newport, RI  02840

401-341-2913

www.myinterfase.com/salve/employer

34

Ser-Jobs for Progress, Inc.*

Attn: Janet Collazo

164 Bedford Street

Fall River, MA  02720

508-676-1916

Source Number

Recruitment Source                      (Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by Source During Reporting Period

35

Spots n Dots

Attn: Emily McKay

888-884-2630 X701

36

TV Spy/Mediabistro

825 Eighth Avenue, 29th Floor

New York, NY 10019

(800) 205-7792

www.employers.mediabistro.com

37

TV Jobs *

Broadcast Employment Services

Attn: Mark Holloway

PO Box 4116

Oceanside, CA  92052

Ph. 800-374-0119

Fax 760-754-2115

5

38

University of Rhode Island*

Attn: Dr. Bobbi Koppel

90 Lower College Rd Room 228

Roosevelt Hall

Kingston, RI  02881

401-874-4043

2

39

Urban League of RI*

Employment Services

246 Prairie Avenue

Providence, RI  02907

401-351-5000

40

Vocational Resources/Goodwill Industries*

Attn: Mark Chute

100 Houghton Street

Providence, RI  02904

401-861-2080

Source Number

Recruitment Source                      (Name, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Person)

Number of Interviewees Referred by  Source During Reporting Period

41

Word of mouth/Employee, Market or Agency Referrals

21

42

Station Bulletin Board/ Current Employees; Sister Stations: KLKN-TV & SNN-TV*

43

Year Up*

Attn: Pieter Van Sciver

40 Fountain Street

Providence, RI  02903

401-537-2223

Total Number of Persons Interviewed During Applicable Period                             63

Notes:

  • An asterisk (*) indicates sources that are entitled to vacancy notification.
  • Italicized sources indicate job banks and Internet programs to which WLNE contributes.These sources are designed to promote outreach generally, not primarily directed to providing notification of specific job vacancies.

Annual EEO Public File Report

Reporting Period:  December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019

Station(s) in Station Employment Unit:  WLNE-TV, New Bedford, MA

Appendix 3: Outreach Activities

1.  Internship Program:

Through the years, WLNE has been involved in helping members of the community achieve their educational goals.  WLNE recruits students interested in the broadcast industry by widely advertising our internship programs at career fairs and by educating managers to mention this opportunity when speaking with members of the community.  Letters of Agreement are filled out by the prospective intern and signed off on by a professor of the university.  During this period, we have had a total of ten internships at WLNE. 

  • News Interns spend time learning the functions of the news room which include reporting, editing, shooting video, and writing stories. News interns also include Sports which focus more on shooting sports events and preparing clips for sports segments.

  • Meteorology with focus on forecasting, discuss different patterns of weather systems, build graphics for the show and social media.

  • Production and Marketing Interns spend time behind the scenes on a variety of duties from Master Control/Production to planning and preparation tasks for our yearly July 4th Parade production.

College/University

Department

Semester

A

Rhode Island College

News

Winter/Spring 2019

B

University Of Rhode Island

News

Winter/Spring 2019

C

University Of Rhode Island

News

Winter/Spring 2019

D

University Of Rhode Island

News

Winter/Spring 2019

E

Plymouth State University

Meteorology

Spring/Summer 2019

F

Ithaca College

News

Spring/Summer 2019

G

Emerson College

Sports

Spring/Summer 2019

H

Providence College

Sports

Spring/Summer 2019

I

Rhode Island College

Production

Spring/Summer 2019

J

U Mass Amherst

Sports

Spring/Summer 2019

L

University Of Rhode Island

Sports

Fall 2019

M

University Of Rhode Island

News

Fall 2019

N

Salve Regina University

News

Fall 2019

O

Providence College

Sports

Fall 2019

2.  Job Bank & Internet Program Participation:

WLNE participates in job banks and internet programs with many organizations, as outlined above in italics, including the Year Up, Providence Journal/Monster.com, TVJobs.com, etc.  These organizations have programs designed for outreach generally, and are not primarily directed to providing notification of specific job vacancies.  (See italicized recruitment sources on above list.)

3. Participation in Career Fairs:

  • Rhode Island Broadcasters Association – April 4, 2019

Don Curtin (Director of Broadcast Operations) participated.  The career fair was sponsored by University of Rhode Island for the general public, college students & alumni majoring in the broadcasting industry.  WLNE was recruiting for five positions, including video editor, production assistant, multi-media journalist and local sales assistant as well as taking resumes for internships.  Students were able to stop by the booth and ask questions about the station and careers in broadcasting.

4. Participate in event or program related to career opportunities in broadcasting sponsored by educational institutions:

  • February 17, 2019 - Melissa Randall (News Anchor) - Spoke to students at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She talked about her job, the roles and responsibilities as a broadcaster/anchor at ABC6.  The students were able to ask questions about her career in television.

  • April 5, 2019 – Jeff Desnoyers (Chief Meteorologist) spoke in a 8th grade career fair in Lincoln Middle School Career Day in Providence about his career as a chief meteorologist.He spoke about weather and jobs in television.Those present were able to ask questions about local weather and his career in television.

  • April 11, 2019 - John Krinjak (News Anchor) – Spoke to students at Mary Fogarty Elementary School in Providence.He spoke about his job as a broadcaster/anchor at ABC6.The students were able to ask questions about his career in television.

  • April 12, 2019 – Jeff Desnoyers (Chief Meteorologist) spoke to students at Jewish Community Day School of RI.He talked about the duties and challenges of working at a television station and day-to- day responsibilities of meteorologist.The students were able to ask questions about his career in broadcasting.

  • Doreen Scanlon (News Anchor) - Visited various schools (listed below) to speak about her job as a broadcaster/anchor at ABC6.The students were able to ask questions about his career in television.
    • 03/26/19 – Centredale Elementary School in North Providence
    • 04/09/19 – Fogarty School in Providence
    • 04/10/19 – Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence
    • 04/11/19 –Silver Spring Elementary School in Providence
    • 04/23/19 – Bishop McVinney School in Providence
    • 05/29/19 – Edgewood Highland School in Cranston
    • 05/30/19 – Glenn Hills School in Cranston

  • Chelsea Priest (Meteorologist) – Visited various schools in Rhode Island and surrounding areas (listed below) to speak about weather safety, the science of weather and day-to-day activities of a meteorologist.The students were able to ask questions about weather and her career in television.

  • 01/17/19 – St. Joseph Elementary School in West Warwick
  • 02/12/19 - Harry Kizirian Elementary School in Providence
  • 02/26/19 – Acushnet Elementary School in Acushnet, MA
  • 03/25/19 – William Dutemple Elementary School in Cranston
  • 04/06/19 – Plymouth State University in New Hampshire
  • 04/10/19 – Hartford Center in Providence
  • 05/08/19 – Sherman Elementary School in Warwick
  • 05/29/19 – Glen Hills Elementary School in Cranston
  • 05/30/19 – Waterman Elementary School in Cranston

5. Participation in other activities reasonably calculated by the station to further the goal of disseminating information as to employment opportunities in broadcast to job candidates who might otherwise be unaware of such:

  • March 20, 2019 – Chelsea Priest (Meteorologist) – Spoke to Marion Natural History Museum in Marion, MA about her career as a meteorologist.She did a presentation on weather/television basics and the changing face of media. Those in attendance were able to ask questions about journalism and her career in television.

6. Establishing a mentoring program for station personnel:

WLNE helps current personnel achieve their career goals.  During the period we had an opening for a:

  • Director, and we promoted a Production Assistant for this position.
  • Director, and we promoted a Master Control Operator.
  • Director, and we promoted a Production Assistant for this position.
  • Chief Engineer and we promoted an IT Manager for this position.
  • Weekend Anchor, and we promoted a Photojournalist for this position.
  • Morning Anchor, and we promoted a Photojournalist for this position.
  • Evening Anchor, and we promoted a Weekend Anchor for this position.

      7.  EEO Training:

      

      Equal Employment Opportunity Meetings are held periodically to educate department  

      heads regarding their roles and responsibilities in the EEO process and to ensure that

      all departments are hiring and promoting in a non-discriminatory fashion.  We require

      all managers with hiring authority to participate in these meetings and in discussions

      regarding upcoming job fairs and other recruitment activities.  Minutes of these

      meetings are kept in the business office’s EEO file. 

  • February 19, 2019 – Cristina Antonio (Business Manager) discussed the importance of filling out the EEO new hire forms on time with the department heads.

  • April 12, 2019 – Cristina Antonio (Business Manager) discussed with other department heads the EEO policies for internships and the 90 day time frame to hire for multiple positions with the same resumes received.

      8.  Disseminating Information as to Employment Opportunities in Broadcasting:

     

     WLNE created a television spot which airs approximately every day on different day

     parts.  The spot: 1) asks organizations that distribute information about employment

     opportunities to contact WLNE to get on our mailing list (all contact information

     including address, phone and email are provided); and 2) informs job seekers to check

     WLNE’s website for postings of current openings.  The spot confirms WLNE is an

     Equal Opportunity Employer.