News Director

Posted by Tribune Broadcasting

Huntsville, AL
Posted: 2019-01-09


WHNT, a Tribune Broadcasting station, has an opening for a News Director to work in our Huntsville, AL location.

This is one of the preeminent jobs in broadcasting, heading up a single newsroom producing 37 hours of content each week for the leading news brand in Huntsville.  The News Director will be responsible for multi-platform journalists, creating the vision and executing the strategy that will continue to drive audience ratings and the online success of the station. 


  • Oversee all aspects of the news operation, leading the daily editorial process and executing multi-platform coverage.
  • Supervise overall coverage of breaking news, investigative reporting, special projects, special event and political coverage. Make digital/social platforms a key component of everything we do.
  • Exhibit outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills. Hire and develop top quality journalists, coach dynamic and effective managers, oversee talent and newsroom staff, review and evaluate, reward and discipline as needed.  Address complaints and resolve problems promptly. 
  • Drive a culture of creativity, teamwork and excellence on all platforms. Be cognizant of industry opportunities and challenges and innovate solutions.
  • Develop and manage the newsroom budget and provide guidance for capital resources.
  • Collaborate with station departments to identify and execute strategies to take advantage of station opportunities.
  • Utilize research across diverse sources to grow newscasts and digital footprint across the DMA.
  • Seek out and develop community contacts and opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; equivalent experience required
  • 7-10 years’ newsroom management experience; multiple market experience preferred
  • Proven journalistic skills and knowledge of worldwide news events required
  • Exceptional leadership and organizational skills to produce 37 hours per week of content across multiple platforms
  • Must possess strong, effective communication and leadership skills, directing a large and diverse news staff to maintain a consistent and high-quality news product on-air and online
  • Visionary thinker, excellent strategy and tactics development
  • Excellent coaching, training, problem-solving
  • Energetic, able to multi-task in a dynamic environment
  • Broad knowledge of the digital space
  • Self-motivated; doesn’t wait for direction but cognizant of organizational communication needs
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check
  • Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States


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Job posted by an Equal Opportunity Employer