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News Director

Company name
Cox Media Group

Memphis, TN, United States

Employment Type

Journalism, Manager, Media

Posted on
Jan 14,2019

Valid Through
Apr 29,2019

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News Director','1819566','','Cox Media Group Northeast, LLC, d/b/a WHBQ-TV','!*!'Cox Media Group WHBQ-TV, FOX 13 in Memphis seeks a dynamic leader with excellent news judgment to oversee all aspects of daily news and digital content. The News Director will be responsible for leading an experienced team in the execution of top quality newscasts and digital content across multiple TV and Digital platforms - while continuing to grow digital audience and broadcast ratings.SUMMARY:  Lead a team of 80 in the newsroom in the execution of top quality newscasts while growing audience ratings and our digital products.  This station broadcasts 9 hours of local news each day.ESSENTIAL DUTIES include:• Provide strategic and tactical direction for day to day news coverage, breaking news, special projects, investigative reporting, special event coverage for all distribution channels, including creating content for OTT channels.• Supervise Managing Editor, Executive Producers, Producers, Assignment Manager and Digital Content Manager in carrying out the organizations policies and goals. • Work collaboratively to integrate digital platform into everything we create.• Grow and develop a diverse staff, to include identifying, recruiting and retaining top talent from a wide variety of sources.• Interview, hire, coach and develop employees; plan, assign, and direct work, appraise performance, reward and discipline as needed. • Ability to match talents to tasks.• Interpret and execute research from multiple research sources to provide the best news product for the Memphis market. Collaborate with consultants and internal resources to operationalize research.• Prepare and execute department operating and personnel budgets.• Review previous news programs for critique of production, news content and personnel performance.  • Regularly meet with individual staff members and their supervisors to assess performance and provide feedback to improve performance and professionalism.• Provide strategic and tactical direction for day-to-day multi-platform news coverage, breaking news, special projects, investigative reporting, special event coverage• As an active, engaged member of the community, seek out individuals and groups to determine their news needs and interests.• Lead, mentor, coach individual team members and their leaders to regularly evaluate and improve performance and professionalism.• Plan, assign, and direct work. Appraise performance; reward and discipline employees in a timely manner. ','','','!*!EDUCATION, SKILLS and/or EXPERIENCE:• Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university is preferred.• A minimum of 5 years television newsroom leadership experience is required.• Demonstrated successful ability to develop employees through regular feedback and performance management.• Ability to effectively communicate the vision, mission, and strategic direction and to designate key roles/champions in the newsroom.• Excellent comprehension around breaking news, major news, investigative, enterprise journalism and severe weather coverage.• Experience with and solid ability to develop and manage newsroom budget.• Ability to identify and match talents to tasks.• Solid contract and negotiating skills.• Ability to resolve equipment and staff assignment problems.• Experience working directly with News Associations in providing regional, national and international network material.• Ability and successful track record with identifying and recruiting top performers from a wide variety of sources• Experience and successful achievement with interviewing, hiring, and training employees for both in front of and behind the camera.','!*!About Cox Media Group Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers and non-daily publications; and digital sites and services, like, Dawg Nation, SEC Country,, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and Diehards. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country’s biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.','Cox Media Group','US-TN-Memphis-485 S Highland St','','Regular','Director/Senior Director','Day Job','','Yes, 25 % of the Time','Full-time','Ongoing','News Director

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Under the leadership of President Kim Guthrie, Cox Media Group (CMG) is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing, and digital media company that also includes the National Advertising Platform businesses of Gamut, Videa, and CoxReps, the country’s largest television rep firm. CMG’s operations currently include: 14 broadcast television stations, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers, 11 non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital sites and services, like,, Dawg Nation, SEC Country,, and All22. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

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