News Director WTNH News 8 Hartford/New Haven, CT

WTNH / Nexstar Media Group, New Haven, Connecticut

Date PostedJuly 17, 2018
IndustryTV Jobs
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

WTNH News 8 and WCTX MyTV 9 is seeking an experienced and creative leader in the position of News Director. The position of News Director will be accountable for budgets, strategic planning, brand building, and talent contracts. The ideal News Director will have experience working with unions, have a broad portfolio of experience in news operations, be instantaneous with decision-making; able to fluidly move between strategic and tactical activities; able to influence and engage multiple internal and external audiences; and be accomplished in building and developing a highly skilled, empowered, passionate news room staff. Incumbents in this role will have strong business and financial acumen, demonstrating the ability to build and manage a budget. The News Director must possess and drive the highest code of ethical conduct, taking ownership for protecting the station and the license, and must be empathetic, an exceptional leader, and motivator.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Manages all aspects of the News Department.

Oversee daily and weekly news coverage from the state capitol to regional sister stations.

Develops news coverage strategy for the station, website and mobile platforms.

Comprehensive understanding and track record of multiplatform local content creation and distribution

Critiques newscasts on a daily basis to correct errors, improve coverage, and provide mentoring feedback to news staff.

Ensures achievement of viewer ratings goals.

Works with other senior station leaders to establish and reach station goals.

Plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department.

Requirements & Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.

Minimum ten years’ experience in a news leadership role, or comparable experience.

Experience guiding, directing, and motivating co-workers, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Experience establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Ability to identify the developmental needs of others and to coach, mentor or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Experience preparing and maintaining departmental budgets.

Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Training/Equipment: Utilize state-of-the-art broadcast and digital technology.

Work Environment/Mental/Physical Requirements: High stress environment with deadline pressures and the demands of breaking news, which can happen at any time. Some travel may be required.

The News Director must be able to sit, conduct phone conversations, use email, write letters and memos, conduct face-to-face discussions with individuals or groups, make decisions without supervision, make decisions that impact the results of co-workers, work near others, and work indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.

NOTE: This job description contains the basic requirements for the position and is NOT intended to be a complete list of responsibilities; other duties may be assigned.


WTNH is an equal opportunity employer that seeks diversity in our workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

News 8 WTNH/WCTX values the contribution of all of its employees. We recognize their efforts by offering a competitive compensation plan and an array of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(K), and more. We are committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace. Any job offer is conditional upon satisfactorily completing a background and DMV check

To be considered for this position you must apply online via the Nexstar Media Group Career Portal: Please remember to attach your cover letter, resume and a link to your demo reel (if applicable).

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