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Company: WRNN-TV
Assistant News Director
New York
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 12, 2014
Job ID: 1524503


RNN is a privately owned enterprise based in Rye Brook, NY. In 1993 the current ownership purchased a single broadcast station in New York's Hudson Valley reaching less than a quarter million homes. Now our independent network reaches more than six million homes throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We have spent years building an experienced management team and cutting-edge technological infrastructure. We deliver reliability and professionalism to the news and content production businesses and air diverse programming with regional, national and international content partners. The company owns and operates WRNN-TV, a full-power television station in the New York DMA, and RISE Television. RISE is acable network distributed on Time Warner, Verizon FiOS and over the air on WRNN-TV DT2. RNN owns, operates, produces or master controls nine channels from its facilities in Rye Brook. RNN and its affiliates produce two 24-hour news channels in the New York DMA and two content channels in the Washington D.C. region for its partners. RNN recently built a new state-of-the-art multi-platform content hub based around the philosophy of finding efficiencies by producing content in a centralized model with the latest technology. It is a scalable and dynamic facility.

RNN employs more than 200 award-winning journalists and multi-platform producers, reporters and editors, and supplemental video resources from regional, national, and international news partners and continues to recruit highly skilled and highly engage staff to further its mission.


The Assistant News Director will oversee editorial content for FiOS1 News-- a complex, live and live-to-tape 24-hour news operation which is currently in the midst of a major expansion. This is a true leadership position for a self-motivated person with a competitive flare and desire to teach. Must be able to mentor, lead, and coach staff members to produce engaging newscasts with accuracy and consistency. Must have at least 5 years of management experience in a fast paced (preferably top 10 market) news environment.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Train & develop staff in contemporary news gathering procedures.
  • Work with the News Director to establish overall journalistic strategy and policy for daily news broadcasts.
  • Provide solid leadership and tactical direction on the day-to-day coverage of major stories, breaking news and specials.
  • Work with News Director to recruit, hire and coach reporters and producers.
  • Oversee creation of distinctive and effective visual elements.
  • Critique on-air talent. Improve reporter and producer scripts.
  • Communicate News Director’s vision to the staff
  • Manage staff effectively in a deadline-oriented environment while interacting in a positive, proactive and productive manner.
  • Proactively communicate news initiatives across departments.
  • Monitor content being placed on the web and come up with creative ways to engage the audience.
             Required Skills:
  • A passion for news
  • Proven track record in producing winning newscasts while leading a team of people that develop into successful professionals.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • A desire to bring creative ideas and solutions to daily news challenges.
  • Calm under pressure and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Enterprising spirit.
  • Proficient in delegating, assigning, setting goals & objectives, providing constructive & positive feedback.
  • Strong leadership, coaching skills, engaging


           Required Experience: BA/BS Degree in Journalism or related and 5-7 years newsroom management experience. Experience as a Managing Editor and/or Executive Producer in Top-10 market preferred.
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