88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont region of North Carolina (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point), is seeking a “hands-on” News Director with a passion for covering local news and telling stories of importance to our community through multiple delivery platforms. This position is responsible for generating news, anchor scheduling, news audience growth, news collaborations with other news outlets, reporter coaching, editing and overall management of the news department.
Essential Duties / Responsibilities
The News Director must provide motivation, leadership, and fresh ideas to the news process. This position requires strong organizational, communication, and computer-related skills. Primary skills and traits: Solid journalistic judgment; Strong belief in the power of online journalism and social media; Vision to aggressively drive growth in news content across distribution platforms including: digital, mobile, social media, streaming, and audio; The ability to hire, manage, train, and develop a high performing news team; Must exhibit great people and communication skills with staff, peers, Wake Forest University, and our on-air and digital communities; Must believe in getting heavily involved and engaged in the community; Ability to set and maintain ethical standards. The successful candidate must have the ability to think strategically, to identify opportunities, and to work well within a team environment.
Skills / Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in news, communications or other related field is required. Producer and/or Senior Reporter experience and previous news management experience are required. The News Director coaches, trains, manages, and develops the news team. The News Director reports to the General Manager and is a key member of the senior management team. Together the senior management team will set the strategy for the station. Three (3) years successful experience as a seasoned producer in television, radio, or online/social media. Must have three (3) years proven experience leading & managing news teams or a team of reporters or a reporting unit. The successful candidate will have a track record of leading by example, assuming increased responsibility, and being accountable for results. Strong leadership skills and mentoring abilities are required. Must embrace sharing, creating, delivery, and presentation of content across all platforms including digital/online. Must be willing to be actively involved and engaged in the community. Application materials are now being accepted on the Wake Forest University career page.
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