Sports Director

Date Posted: 9/15/2020

Job Description

​We're looking for a Sports Director who is willing to tell good stories at all levels - from the SEC down to small town teams.  The right candidate must be a storyteller with proven success on all platforms.  This job requires the ability to generate daily local sports story ideas, shoot, edit, produce and report.  The Sports Director is a journalist who will cover all sports regardless of sex or age and tell personalized stories about local athletes year-round and motive other members of our sports team to do the same.


Lead and manage our coverage of local athletes, teams, coaches and events.  Find exceptional local people and tell great stories about them and their sport.  The focus is on storytelling, not scores and highlights.  We want interviews with athletes and not news conferences with head coaches. The Sports Director must be willing to follow breaking developments and pitch sports stories in daily news meetings for placement in newscasts.

The Sports Director will have the additional responsibility of organizing and planning special sporting events such as Football Friday Night, and Razorbacks pregame and postgame shows.  It will also be the responsibility of the Sports Director to make sure important sports stories are shot and edited for use on-air and online on a daily basis. ​

Job Requirements

The Sports Director must be (or become) a social media guru. Not only does the Sports Director have to be aggressive on-line, but he/she must also motivate other sports staff to be aggressive as well.

The Sports Director will meet with the news management at the beginning of each week to discuss coverage and story ideas.  Sports stories and coverage will need to be pitched in every afternoon news meeting. 

Other responsibilities include:

  • The ability to turn a wide range of sports stories quickly, and on a daily basis
  • Must be able to work alone and shoot, write, produce and prepare assigned sports stories for use on-air, online and on social media.
  • Must be able to manage special projects and other sports staff to execute the overall sports strategy.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful contacts
  • Must be able to come up with new local sports story idea everyday  
  • Real-time posting of stories online, with pictures and video, as well as detailed posts on all social media platforms
  • Flexible work schedule


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching over 38 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks Justice Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit



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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About Us

Channel 5 (KFSM-TV) is a CBS affiliated station that has been the top-rated station in Northwest Arkansas (Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR DMA) for 15-years both HH and A25-54. 5NEWS produces more local programming (31 hours per week) than any other local station with the 5, 6, and 10 routinely doubling the ratings of nearest competitor. That dominance extends into the digital sphere as well., the 5NEWS app, and the social media followings on Facebook Twitter, and Instagram have the highest user base in the market. And, 5NEWS in July moved to a brand new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility in the heart of the third fastest growing MSA in the country.