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Company: Gannett Co., Inc.
Seeking a next generation news leader
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
January 15, 2013
Job ID: 1455942


The Gannett-owned Maine Stations WCSH 6 (Portland) and WLBZ 2 (Bangor) are looking for a next-generation news leader.The candidate chosen will bring noticeable enthusiasm for the future of local news in a new era. The News Director will understand and boldly advance the NEWS CENTER brand, multi-platform news content, storytelling, and innovation. A vision of the online and digital future is especially important. The successful candidate must have solid journalistic judgment, and a news philosophy that emphasizes accuracy, quality and unique content. Our people are the most important asset and the News Director must be a true leader with a keen eye for talent, strong motivation, coaching and development skills, and the ability to maintain a positive culture where creativity thrives. Departmental planning, project planning and budget knowledge and skills are needed. A degree in Broadcast Journalism is preferred and a proven track record of news leadership experience is required. WCSH/WLBZ produces more than 40 hours of news and information/programming through a multiple-newsroom, statewide system. The position is based in Portland and reports to the President and General Manager.



· Strategically lead and manage WCSH’s Information Center.

· Clearly and consistently communicate an aggressive, focused vision for our product.

· Build and grow an energetic, skill-rich, focused and innovative team.

· Develop relationships with third parties to plan and implement successful content sharing partnerships.

  • Strength in communication, people management and customer service necessary
  • Exceptional organizational skills suited for a fast paced environment.
  • Leading understanding of social media and digital platforms.
  • Planning and budget preparation skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism preferred with a proven track record of news leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated successful innovative leadership, communication, and both staff and product development skills.
  • Five years management experience in broadcast news or related field
  • Solid journalistic judgment and a news philosophy that emphasizes accurate, fair and unique local content, along with community engagement.
  • Strong ethical standards and integrity are a must.

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