News Director

Date Posted: 7/20/2020

Job Description

WPMT in York, PA  is looking for an experienced  News Director to lead day-to-day editorial coverage, while overseeing content creation and distribution across multiple platforms.

We are looking for a courageous leader who embraces creative storytelling and investigative journalism as key components of newscasts as well as digital and social platforms. Our ideal candidate is a proven editorial leader with strong news judgment, a deep understanding of video/television storytelling and a passion for innovation. In addition, there should be a highly developed ability to coach reporters, anchors, digital producers, production crew and photographers of all experience levels.

WPMT and TEGNA are re-imagining local news in the digital age— thinking big and being bold to deliver content to our audience on multiple platforms.​



  • Set strategy to increase ratings growth for all time periods
  • Lead the newsroom in execution of the station's brand
  • Lead the newsroom to create unique, engaging and rich storytelling experiences to grow a loyal audience across all platforms
  • Recruit and hire top-notch journalists for all platforms
  • Direct the news gathering team to ensure we are serving our audience and to keep on top of breaking news and story leads
  • Be the voice of innovation in the newsroom and inspire others to follow your lead
  • Develop and implement workflows that deliver our content 24/7 across current and future platforms with storytelling that is optimized for each screen
  • Collaborate with content leaders across TEGNA to maximize the sharing of our content and to leverage innovation and best practices among stations
  • Teach, coach, and mentor the entire newsroom in best practices for writing and producing content
  • Hold newsroom employees accountable to TEGNA's ethical and editorial standards
  • Use consumer analytics to determine content
  • Skillfully use social media and digital tools to research, discover and distribute content
  • Interact daily with all department heads in a mutual effort to achieve station goals and extend our brand.​



Job Requirements

Job Requirements​​

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, related field or equivalent experience
  • 7-10 years of content experience, including generation of original content and 2-3 years managing other journalists
  • Solid journalistic judgment and a news philosophy that emphasizes accurate, fair and unique local content, along with community engagement
  • Passion and vision for emerging media and new storytelling techniques
  • Proven skills in producing engaging newscasts and digital content
  • Ability to calmly handle live, breaking news situations and the ability to deal with the rapid pace of news
  • Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work under time pressure deadlines
  • Knowledge of principles of ethical journalism
  • Ability to be on-call or work flexible shifts across days, nights or weekends​​

Job Snapshot

About Us

WPMT FOX43 is one of the oldest operating UHF stations in the country. FOX43 changed the face of local news when the station introduced a ten o'clock news to the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pennsylvania market in 1994......."at 10 it's news, at 11 it's history". FOX43 NEWS has consistently been a ratings and award winner since that launch, inspiring the addition of other non-traditional news broadcasts, like the only all local six hour morning news. FOX43 lives up to its “Expect More” promise to Central PA viewers, by currently providing more hours of local news than any other local station.  Not only can Central PA “Expect More” when it comes to news coverage, but also in the station’s involvement in the cities, towns, and communities that make up who we are. FOX43 is very involved local events such as the York Fair and the Long's Park 4th of July fireworks in Lancaster, as well as helping raise money and awareness for the local Salvation Army chapter, the epidemic opioid crisis in Central Pennsylvania, and the Red Cross (FOX43 is currently the largest blood donation partner in the region). WPMT is always on alert for new and better ways to serve its viewing community.