Executive News Director

October 26, 2021 by Comments Off on Executive News Director

  • Full Time
  • Phoenix

Website 3TV and CBS 5

Job Title

Executive Director of News

Job Description

I. Job Summary | Major goals and objectives.

The News Director position is one of the most critical positions in the station.  As the day to day manager of the CBS 5 and 3TV 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 in the market.  Maintains consistent execution of departmental goals. Provides newsroom leadership, direction and supervision to employees.  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, consultants and Creative Services 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 particular 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 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


Great leadership skills  – Coach – Mentor – Motivator

Excellent interpersonal skills

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

% 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. Accommodation requests can be made by emailing Meredith.Human.Resources@meredith.com.


Meredith requires employees entering its workplaces or performing work offsite to verify and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. This is a condition of employment unless an applicant is eligible, under applicable law, for a medical or religious accommodation, or as otherwise required under applicable law.


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