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Director, News Content

Tribune Company
Seattle, WA
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Director, News Content in Seattle, Washington | Careers at WA-Seattle;1813 Westlake Avenue North (KCPQ)
  • Director, News Content

    Location US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/1/2019 3:56 PM)
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    Here’s your chance to lead a news duopoly operation in one of the most beautiful cities in the country! Seattle, Washington’s Q13 FOX (KCPQ) and JOEtv (KZJO) are looking for a news director to manage our growing and thriving news operation. The ideal candidate will build on our culture of journalistic excellence presented through relatable, locally relevant multi-platform content. Sports news and coverage plays a major role in our content as well. We are the official TV partner of the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Storm professional teams. Exclusive access and coverage will be an essential piece of how you can showcase your vision. We produce more than 60 hours of weekly local content in addition to our live sports post games and programs. Our entire team of journalists are eager to keep moving forward. We need an experienced newsroom leader to take us to the next level. If it’s you – at www.Tribunemediacareers.com


    The Director of News for KCPQ/KZJO is responsible for all aspects of managing the operation of this duopoly newsroom and sports department in Seattle. This includes, but is not limited to, directing daily news coverage and its dissemination on all broadcast and digital channels. The news director communicates and upholds a code of journalism ethics and conduct that all news personnel follow; oversees newsroom budgeting and the P&L process and collaborates with the General Manager and other Department Heads to develop innovative new ways to implement our station brand, execute our vision and serve the community.



    Develop and implement strategies for newscasts and special projects, including investigative and local franchises, elections and live coverage of major events. Other critical responsibilities include:

    • Leads and maximizes multiple platforms, including broadcast, web, and mobile, to deliver content and engage our viewers daily
    • Recruits, negotiates and hires talent and management.
    • Evaluates work of newsroom staff regularly and provides consistent and constructive feedback.
    • Oversees and monitors digital content channels.
    • Main liaison with Sports teams regarding content and presentation.
    • Keeps other departments heads informed of news department activities
    • Consults with staff and other department heads on possible news related programs that could enhance the station’s image and/or generate revenue.
    • Ensures adherence to station, corporate and governmental policies and rules, as well as legal matters relating to news programming and staff.
    • Participate in community service activities, both as a citizen and as a spokesperson for the news department and the station.
    • Remain alert to latest trends in news production and coverage both locally and nationally.
    • Oversees newsroom scheduling
    • Reviews formats for daily news programs, making suggested changes when necessary.
    • Manages and uses state of the art newsgathering equipment including digital editing systems, graphic technologies, news control room, HD weather, traffic data system to showcase a compelling product


    • Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Communications, Business Administration or equivalent experience. Along with a minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in a medium to large market. 
    • Candidates should possess experience in strategic project management, marketing and promotions along with experience in news, digital, (including technology trends in the market including a social media strategy) and brand management.
    • Ability to partner with business leaders, develop strong relationships and drive results. Superior organizational skills with an emphasis on data, reporting tools and metrics. Knowledge of budget preparation and maintenance
    • Experience managing teams including prioritizing, assigning and overseeing work. High attention to detail, while managing multiple projects
    • Prior news director experience required
    • Strong financial controls/ budget management
    • Strong understanding of content management, multi-platform journalism
    • Excellent leader and motivator with strong organizational skills.
    • Strong communicational skills, both oral and written.



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    Posted: 2019-11-18 Expires: 2019-12-18

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