News Director
at TEGNA

Date Posted: 5/17/2019

Job Description

KGW8 Portland, OR., a TEGNA Media Company, is looking for the most creative, innovative and experienced News Director to lead day-to-day editorial coverage while overseeing content creation and distribution along multiple platforms. We are looking for a leader who dominates breaking news strategies  and embraces creative storytelling and investigative journalism.  We want a leader who is creative and courageous in launching new innovative ideas as key components of newscasts as well as digital and social platforms. 

TEGNA is re-imagining local news in the digital age— thinking big and being bold to deliver content to our audience on multiple platforms. Our ideal candidate can identify engaging content, teach others how to do so, and develop a road map to meet the goals of our company. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Strategically and optimistically lead, inspire and manage News Department.  Lead a competitive spirit in everything we do. 
  • Oversee on-air and digital news content.
  • Work closely with the news team to produce high-quality, relevant, local content that sets the station apart from competitors.
  • Recruit and hire top notch journalists for all platforms
  • Prioritize collaboration between television and digital content teams to create a “one newsroom” approach to content distribution.
  • Foster, encourage and reward out-of-the-box thinking that leads to differentiation and success.
  • Use consumer analytics to determine content.
  • Skillfully use social media and digital tools to research, discover and distribute content.
  • Write and post daily on all digital platforms, including social media.
  • Lead a culture that owns enterprise reporting and breaking news across all content platforms. 
  • Inspire and coach superior, unique and engaging storytelling.
  • Use creative production techniques such as graphics and new forms of media (viewer pictures, webcam interviews, etc.) to enhance stories.
  • Interact daily with all department heads in a mutual effort to achieve station goals and extend our brand.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned, to drive and fulfill the mission while abiding by the values of this organization.

 

 

Job Requirements

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and news leadership experience preferred. 
  • 7-10 years of content experience, including generation of original content, and 2-3 years managing other journalists.  Proven track record of holding people accountable.
  • Successful innovative leadership and staff and product development skills. 
  • Exceptional planning and execution skills.
  • Outstanding communicator
  • Be a proven, courageous innovator in developing shows, content, text and community events.
  • Be a proven winner in breaking news content on all platforms
  • Have a history of hiring the best and brightest journalists storytellers and video producers
  • Solid journalistic judgement and a news philosophy that emphasizes accurate, fair and unique local content, along with community engagement. 
  • Experience in photojournalism, editing, and content management systems.
  • Understanding of the tenets of professional journalism.
  • Skills in producing engaging, content-driven newscasts and digital content.
  • Strong social media skills, including an active news hound presence on Twitter and Facebook. 
  • Knowledge of ENPS, Edius and Axis graphics a plus.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to work under time pressure deadlines.
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and changing events.

To be considered a candidate for an opening at KGW you must complete the online application on the job page found on:  www.kgw.com/about and attach your resume and cover letter. Paper resumes or any electronic information received that do not come through the online application process will not be considered part of the applicant pool.  

 

About TEGNA:

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), formerly Gannett Co., Inc., is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content that matters and brands that deliver. Our purpose is to serve the greater good of our communities - through empowering stories, impactful investigations and innovative marketing services.  

As one of the most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S., TEGNA is a best-in-class operator with 49 television stations (including those serviced by TEGNA) and two radio stations in 41 markets from coast to coast. We are the largest owner of Big Four affiliates in the top 25 markets and reach one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and 35 million across our digital platforms. Across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, TEGNA's stations have over 25 million social followers.  TEGNA produces trusted, impactful and innovative content across platforms. We tell stories that matter, are an advocate for those in need and help bring positive change to our communities. Our award-winning journalists have been recognized with numerous national honors including Edward R. Murrow, Alfred I. duPont, George Foster Peabody, George Polk, Walter Cronkite and Emmy awards. 

 TEGNA also provides local and national partners custom, targeted and innovative campaigns through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service.  In everything we do, we are driven by our strongly held values and our stated purpose to serve the greater good of our communities.  For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.  

TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.

 

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TEGNA, Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.