WALA, a Meredith Corporation TV Station is looking for a News Director. The News Director position is one of the most critical positions in the station. As the day to day manager of the news operations, this person must understand, embrace and implement the long- and short-term strategies of the station. The News Director will be responsible for creating and delivering multi-platform content that attracts the highest available audience and generates the highest ratings possible. This position will manage departmental expense budgets to control operating costs; find creative ways to keep newsroom employees motivated and engaged, negotiate vendor and personal service/talent contracts, manage news employee retention and recruitment.
Develops informative, competitive, highly rated newscasts that reflect the stations brand. Works with departments across the station to involve all employees in the news gathering process. Attracts, motivates and retains the best talent available in the market. Maintains consistent execution of departmental goals. Provides newsroom leadership direction, coaching, mentoring and supervision to employees. Monitors newscasts and reviews scripts for accuracy, potential legal issues, content, value and relevancy.
Monitors newscasts for accurate editorial content while keeping brand vision on track. Assists in branding and market positioning of station to maximize impact in community.
Collaborates with the general manager, consultants and Creative Services department to develop unique, effective news promotion campaigns that set us apart from the competition.
Develops news operating budget, closely monitors expenses including overtime and keeps expenses within the approved guidelines. Attends to administrative duties related to Workday and any other employee/compliance related processes.
Closely monitors the competition and industry trends with particular emphasis on new media such as social networking and innovative newsgathering techniques and equipment.
Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field, or equivalent training and/or experience.
Minimum five years of experience in television news management.
walMust possess thorough understanding of television news operations, Nielsen and Rentrack ratings
Great leadership skills
Thorough understanding of the importance of promoting and branding a newscast
Experience and knowledge of the budgeting process
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines