Full Time Job

Assistant Director, News


Richmond, VA 06-06-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
WRIC, the ABC Affiliate in Richmond, VA has an opening for Assistant News Director. This position assists the News Director with all aspects of news, weather and sports on WRIC TV and our multiple digital platforms.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
• Supervise newsroom staff including writers, producers, reporters, assignment editors, and photographers/editors.
• Responsible for overseeing newscasts, including evaluating stories, organizing them into a cohesive sequence within a newscast, editorial oversight of producers and reporters, and overseeing writing, production, and timing of broadcast.
• Help to define and execute strategic direction for content coverage to meet business objectives.
• Manage newsroom, contribute to the editorial process and make solid decisions in breaking news situations for all of our media platforms.
• Execute strategies that engage and grow audiences across all screens, on air and digital.
• Ensure that we write, produce and edit material that appeals to targeted audiences.
• Contribute unique story ideas that reflect our brand goals and promise to our audience
• Work with promotions to ensure continuity and strong promotions
• Schedule staff and manage/approve timecards for staff
• Oversight of closed captioning compliance
• Represent station at community events
• Other duties as assigned

Specialized Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
• Must be able to interact well with newsroom staff, including digital, as well as fellow news managers, promotions, production and engineering staff
• Ability to write clear, compelling broadcast copy
• Ability to work closely with our promotions and digital teams
• Detail oriented.
• Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills.
• Strong knowledge of newsroom computer systems and broadcast production equipment
• Strong news judgment, journalistic integrity and understanding of viewer needs and expectations.
• Ability to thrive under pressure and to be a strong leader in the newsroom
• Require to work additional hours/days if news events warrant

Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Communications or broadcast journalism or the equivalent. At least 5 years of experience in television or radio broadcast/production.

Training/Equipment: Utilize state-of-the-art broadcast and digital technology.

Work Environment/Mental/Physical Requirements: High stress environment with deadline pressures and the demands of breaking news, which can happen at any time. Some travel may be required.

The Assistant News Director must be able to sit, conduct phone conversations, use email, write letters and memos, conduct face-to-face discussions with individuals or groups, make decisions without supervision, make decisions that impact the results of co-workers, work near others, and work indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.

NOTE: This job description contains the basic requirements for the position and is NOT intended to be a complete list of responsibilities; other duties may be assigned.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

Must be able to sit, conduct telephone conversations, use electronic mail, write letters and memos, conduct face-to-face discussions with individuals or groups, make decisions without supervision, make decisions that impact the results of co-workers, work near others, work outdoors occasionally in all weather conditions, and work indoors in environmentally controlled conditions. In addition, must be able to lift, set up and operate equipment weighing up to 25 pounds, and be able to handle, control or feel objects, tools or controls. Repetitive movements are required. Work may be conducted in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d8j59x-100-28-227-63-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Nexstar Media Group is America’s largest local television and media company with 196 full power stations (including partner stations) in 114 markets addressing nearly 63% of US television households and a growing digital media operation.