Executive News Director

Phoenix AZ, AZ
Posted: 2019-06-27


Job Title

Executive Director of News 

Job Description

I. Job Summary | Major goals and objectives.

The News Director at Arizona’s Family 3TV & CBS 5 (Meredith Corp.) must be an innovative, strategic and people-oriented leader with a keen focus on collaboration between the marketing and digital departments to drive the Arizona’s Family brand forward.

This role is one of the most critical positions in the station.  As the day-to-day manager of the news operations, this person must understand, embrace and implement the long and short-term strategies of the station.  

The News Director will be responsible for creating and delivering multi-platform content that attracts the highest available audience and generates the highest ratings possible.  This position will manage departmental expense budgets to control operating costs; find creative ways to keep newsroom employees motivated and engaged, negotiate vendor and personal service/talent contracts, manage news employee retention and recruitment and identify profitable non-traditional revenue opportunities.  This person should have a network in the industry to identify up and coming news talent.  In addition, the News Director will be the primary point of contact in the newsroom, demonstrate fairness and consistency in all interactions and be a solid team player with other department heads.


II. Essential Job Functions

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Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results


Develops informative, competitive, highly rated newscasts that reflect the stations brand.  Works with departments across the station to involve all employees in the news gathering process.  Attracts, motivates and retains the best talent available.  Maintains consistent execution of departmental goals. Provides newsroom leadership, direction and supervision to employees by creating an enriching, collaborative work environment.  Monitors newscasts and reviews scripts for accuracy, potential legal issues, content, value and relevancy.


Monitors newscasts for accurate editorial content while keeping brand vision on track.  Assists in branding and market positioning of station to maximize impact in community.


Collaborates with the general manager, station manager, consultants and Audience Engagement department to develop unique, effective news promotion campaigns that set us apart from the competition


Develops news operating budget, closely monitors expenses including overtime and keeps expenses within the approved guidelines.  Attends to administrative duties related to WORKDAY and any other employee/compliance related processes


Closely monitors the competition and industry trends with emphasis on new media such as social networking and innovative newsgathering techniques and equipment


III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered.


Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field, or equivalent training and/or experience.


Minimum five years of experience in television news management.

Minimum of two years’ experience as an Executive Producer (or comparable leadership role) and/or Asst. News Director.

Must possess previous show and writing experience.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must possess exemplary leadership skills - Coach – Mentor – Motivator

Excellent interpersonal skills; relationship builder
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Must demonstrate fairness and sensitivity in all interactions with employees and news subjects
Ability to work in, foster and maintain a team-oriented environment
Ability to communicate critical information to the newsroom and/or station
Recognize employees for excellence
Challenge employees on the status quo
Empower employees’ growth and creativity

Must possess thorough understanding of television news operations, Nielsen and Rentrack ratings
Strong journalism, broadcast, news writing and web skills
Thorough understanding of the importance of promoting and branding a newscast
Experience and knowledge of the budgeting process
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines
Strong journalism, broadcast, news writing and web skills

% Travel Required (Approximate): 10%


It is the policy of Meredith to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Meredith will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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