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Assistant News Director at WATN/WLMT

Assistant News Director

WATN/WLMT Memphis, TN Full-Time
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Do you have a passion for innovation and the ability to motivate a team to produce compelling content on air, online and on social media? WANT | WLMT in Memphis, TN has an opportunity for you! We have an immediate opening for an Assistant News Director. The assistant news director is responsible for running day-to-day newsroom operations.  This person will help plan and coordinate daily news coverage on all platforms.  We're looking for someone who knows how to work closely with the digital director, assignment editor, executive producer, and chief photographer to gather and showcase great local stories. A passion for local news and innovation is a must!  Must also be able to mentor a team by setting goals and encouraging them through the story process all the way through to the newscast and active live shots. He or she must be able to give quick, positive feedback as well as hold people accountable for goals set by management. We're searching for someone who has experience "owning" the big stories of the day, breaking news and especially weather coverage. Must be creative with different coverage ideas to help Reporters/MSJs/Photographers with creative storytelling. The successful candidate must also guide producers through active, creative and impactful newscasts. Must be a relentless recruiter who is always looking to make our team better.  The assistant news director will be responsible for the schedule, planning specials and special reports and helping plan the long-term strategy of the news department.​

 In this role, you will: 

  • Work closely with producers, reporters, anchors, assignment editor and photographers on daily news coverage
  • Oversee production of newscasts and special programming
  • Review daily newscasts to ensure quality control and brand compliance
  • Write copy and edit scripts for on-air and digital
  • Work with the news director and other managers to establish newsroom goals and work to develop and further the station's news brand
  • Create tactics and strategies to increase demos performance in key target areas for multiple platforms
  • Evaluate workflow efficiencies
  • Assist in the on-going evaluation of personnel
  • Help with recruiting and hiring for news department personnel ​




Here's what you need:

  •  Working knowledge of journalistic ethics, libel, and privacy laws
  • Strong writing skills and a proven track record for getting results on initiatives
  • Ability to plan and adjust personnel during breaking news
  • A passion for social media
  • Problem solver
  • Great people skills with an emphasis on coaching and motivation
  • Broad understanding of newsroom operations and equipment
  • Four-year degree in journalism or communications preferred
  • Experience as a news manager required ​

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Memphis, TN

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