Tuesday, October 13, 2015 UPDATE:
The largest market news director opening was filled this morning via an internal promotion.
MISTI TURNBULL has been named News Director for WSB-TV, the Cox Media-owned ABC affiliate in Atlanta. More details here.
She’s a 16 year veteran of the station, beginning as a producer, then moving up the ranks to Morning EP, Dayside EP, Senior EP, and, 3 1/2 years ago, Managing Editor.
Misti’s also worked in Denver, Colorado Springs, and for two stations in Norfolk.
She replaces MIKE DREADEN who was also promoted, to VP of News and Marketing for TV for Cox Media Group
We’ll have more on this and all the week’s news in our full newsletter later.
Until then, have a great week.
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TWO new openings this week, and, to the best of my knowledge, NO jobs were filled this week, so the number of open jobs moves to 29.
TWO of those 29 open ND jobs are featured among our SEVEN paid Help Wanted Ads this week, along with a new ad for a Digital Editorial Director’s job at a network o-and-o in a top five market.
We have an obituary below for a former Atlanta newswoman who also had the distinction of being the first woman president of NABJ.
New News Director Openings:
WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA…after seven years as news director, TINA LUQUE (BLACKLOCKE) left this Tribune operated CBS affiliate on Friday. Tina’s a former ND for WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. She’s also worked in Philadelphia and Boston. The local newspaper had this brief item quoting a Tribune spokeswoman. Earlier on Friday, the staff surprised Tina by decorating her office to celebrate her birthday.
WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI…JOHN LAUGHRIN will be leaving this Quincy owned ABC affiliate at the end of the year. John told me the decision was his choice and he’s looking forward to exploring new challenges. He’s a former EP and sports producer for WLUK-TV in Green Bay and also worked as a producer for WFRV-TV. You can learn more about this opportunity by checking out the paid Help Wanted ad below.
Newly Named News Directors:
I’m not aware of any this week. If you are, please let me know: email@example.com
Paid Help Wanted Ads:
News Director, WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI:
If you have a passion for excellence and a burning desire to lead what can become the best local broadcast news operation in Central Wisconsin, we want to hear from you.
WAOW Television in Wausau, WI seeks a News Director to grow our news team and advance our news products.
WAOW is a healthy heritage station, rich with history and tradition. We produce four and a half hours of television news daily, along with providing a continuous stream of content on our other platforms.
The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing and maintaining market leading standards for newsroom operations and content. Other duties include hiring, coaching, supervising and evaluating news personnel as well as preparation and administration of newsroom budgets and capital requests. Reporting to the Station Manager, the News Director is expected to work closely with other department managers to achieve the company’s overall performance goals.
A minimum of 5 years television news management experience and a college degree in broadcast journalism preferred. Must be able to demonstrate strong working knowledge of community issues and needs, as well as sound journalistic principles. Must have the ability to make fast, accurate journalistic, ethical and logistical judgments.
Send your cover letter and resume to Station Manager Brad Heinkel: firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to:
1908 Grand Ave.
Wausau, WI 54403
NO PHONE CALLS OR PERSONAL VISITS PLEASE
WAOW-TV9 is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Digital Editorial Director, KXAS-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX:
NBCDFW has a great opportunity to join our local news team as Digital Editorial Director, leading the station’s web site, social media, and mobile offerings. We are looking for an intelligent and highly motivated individual to lead the local coverage strategy on all of our digital platforms, and partner with the sales team to drive revenue.
The Digital Editorial Director will be responsible for defining the overall digital editorial vision and lead digital managers in executing on that strategy, coordinating across all platforms as well as developing strategic plans for online editorial coverage of events, elections, severe weather, and station initiatives.
Essential responsibilities include; Manage editorial and business strategy, operations and direction for nbcdfw.com web site, social media, and mobile assets. This includes driving the operational vision, and leading the management team on managing the local editorial voice, programming the homepage, gathering and prioritizing content from a range of sources and feeds and hitting aggressive benchmarks for the volume and frequency of content publication; Partner closely with peers in the newsroom to ensure coordination of efforts and the ongoing transformation of the traditional news model into multi-platform content.
Interested candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience in a broadcast TV, Cable TV and/or Web-Internet management or operational role, strong journalism and editorial skills, experience managing online editorial teams, with the ability to coach, mentor, direct, and provide feedback to those employees.
Executive News Producer, WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI:
WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin is searching for a veteran producer to help lead the Newsline 9 team.
The Executive Producer will be responsible for daily line producing the 5 p.m. newscast. Additionally, the EP will work to mentor producers and multimedia journalists. This position will also require a focus on contributions to our digital platforms. We are also looking for someone who can help with the “big picture” in addition to leading the day’s news cycle.
A college degree and years of producing in an aggressive newsroom are preferred.
If you think you qualify and want to join our multimedia news team, send a DVD or link, cover letter and resume via email to News Director John Laughrin: email@example.com or via mail:
1908 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
WAOW is part of the QNI Broadcast Group, a family owned company with 12 stations (ABC, NBC, FOX, CW) in 7 states. Throughout QNI, positions are available for candidates with all levels of experience and the advancement you are seeking. Visit careersatquincy.com for links to all stations and opportunities.
WAOW-TV9 is an Equal Opportunity Employer
National Director of News Recruitment, Scripps:
You grew up knowing you wanted to be in the news business. You thrive on the rush of last-minute changes just before air. Your curiosity is insatiable. And you love the energy in the newsroom. You can’t imagine doing anything else. Or can you?
What if there was an opportunity to take your passion for the newsroom, your industry connections and your people skills and apply them in a different way: finding the best news managers for The E.W. Scripps Company?
We’re looking for a high-energy newsroom veteran to go out and find us the best of best to fill openings for news directors, assistant news directors and executive producers across our stations.
We want a news person with an eye for talent and a passion for people. We want “that person.” You know the one. Always has the scoop on what’s happening in the newsroom. Has a knack for pairing the right person with the right project or story. Knows everybody and can’t grab a coffee without making a new friend in line. If that’s you, we want to hear from you.
The National Director of News Recruitment is your opportunity to write your own story at Scripps. It’s a brand new role just waiting for your imagination and initiative. We’ll give you training and support, not to mention a great compensation package, then we’ll get out of the way and watch you soar. The possibilities are endless.
News Director, WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY:
WSYR (ABC) in Syracuse, NY is seeking an experienced journalist to lead our team and serve as the next News Director. This is a unique opening at the #1 news operation that is a proud recipient of the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence and winner of the first (5pm) and second (AM News) Best Newscast by the Syracuse Press Club.
Our next News Director must be committed to exceptional local storytelling. They must be hands on and understand how to showcase the news and local events through video, writing and sound. The successful candidate must be well organized and able to clearly communicate a vision to be successful on all platforms. You must be able to demonstrate a strategy to produce relevant and unique content on all platforms.
Syracuse is located in the heart of NY and home to award-winning hospitality, affordability, and fun! A region known for natural beauty and a strong network of educational institutions at all levels along with some outstanding colleges and universities, including Syracuse University, Lemoyne College and Upstate Medical University. These are just some of the reasons Syracuse is truly a great place to live and raise a family.
If you are driven by a determination to succeed, have a passion for this industry and are a creative, solutions-driven frontrunner, then forward your resume and short biography regarding your professional history to:To be considered for this position, apply online by clicking here.
Executive Producer, WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham, NC:
WTVD-TV, the ABC Owned Station in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina has an immediate opening for a News Executive Producer. Ideal candidates will demonstrate the ability to showcase our Breaking News brand while innovating content and production elements. This position will lead a team of creative minds for new approaches to the highly-viewed morning news and help with the integration of digital content. We’re looking for a hands-on content expert who will champion a fast-paced, urgent local newscast. The candidate will produce daily newscasts and special projects as necessary. As a newsroom leader, the expectation is that the Executive Producer will lead by example.
At least three years as a news manager, or equivalent experience as a major market producer, is preferred
To apply, please log on to www.disneycareers.com and search for the job title – News Executive Producer, ReqID# 302297BR, create a candidate profile and UPLOAD YOUR RESUME FILE.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Executive Producer, KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA:
KWWL is seeking a take charge leader to help guide our news staff and manage our multi-platform news products. This manager will serve as a primary editorial decision maker for our TV, Web and Social Networking platforms. The Executive Producer will oversee fast-paced newscasts and execute a vision for success in winning Weather, Breaking News and the Big Story every day.
You will help oversee our news operation and tracking stories throughout the day working with reporters on those stories. You will also work with producers and anchors to showcase and execute the presentation of newscasts. The Executive Producer will have a creative vision for the use of writing, video, graphics and other production elements to tell great stories.
Learn more about the job and its requirements by clicking here.
The Waterloo-Cedar Rapids-Dubuque-Iowa City market is a great place to live with numerous colleges and universities, good quality of life, ample recreation and close proximity to Minneapolis, Chicago and Des Moines.
KWWL is proud to be a Quincy station. Learn why our family-owned broadcast group has a reputation as one of the best media companies to work for at: www.careersatquincy.com.
To apply for the Executive Producer position, send your resume to:
KWWL Television, Inc.
500 East Fourth Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
KWWL Television, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Quincy and its subsidiaries do not discriminate in the sale of advertising in any medium (broadcast, print, or interactive), and will accept no advertising which is placed with an intent to discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity.
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (relisted 8/14/15)
KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (relisted 8/14/15)
KSNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 9/27/15)
WLBT-TV, Jackson, MS (listed 8/8/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 8/8/15)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (relisted 8/8/15)
KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA (listed 8/22/15)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
KPIX-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 8/14/15)
New England Cable News, Boston, MA (Dayside EP, listed 9/20/15)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Nightside EP, listed 9/20/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (listed 8/14/15)
KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (Morning EP, listed 8/22/15)
WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham, NC (listed 10/4/15, see ad above!)
XETV, San Diego, CA (Supervising Producer Mornings, listed 9/20/15)
KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Dayside EP, relisted 8/14/15)
KSNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 9/27/15)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (Nightside EP, relisted this week)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted this week)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (AM EP, relisted 8/22/15)
KKTV, Colorado Springs, CO (listed 8/22/15)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 10/4/15, see ad above!)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (relisted 8/28/15)
WTVM-TV, Columbus, GA (relisted 9/13/15)
WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KPIX-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 8/14/15)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (relisted 8/22/15)
KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 9/20/15)
NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (relisted 8/14/15)
SIDMEL ESTES, a one time Executive Producer for WAGA-TV in Atlanta and the first female President of the National Association of Broadcast Journalists, died this week. She was 60 and succumbed to a lengthy illness. She spent 27 years at WAGA in a variety of roles before leaving in 2006. Her former station remembers her here, while NABJ posted this tribute to her on its website. Sidmel did not have health insurance, and friends began a fund raising effort on her behalf. You can learn more about her fight by clicking here.
We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.
Names in the News…and other things:
A Dothan, AL, commissioner is out on bail. He’s accused of striking WTVY-TV reporter (and former WDHN-TV News Director ) KEN CURTIS as Curtis tried to interview him. More here.
General Manager News:
Nothing this week. Let me know if you know of any GM moves: email@example.com
Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:
Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, October 11, 2015.
If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WSB-TV 1601 W. Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
KING-TV 333 Dexter Avenue N. Seattle WA 98109
Northwest Cable News, 333 Dexter Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
WTKR-TV 720 Boush Street Norfolk, VA 23510
KFOR-TV 444 E. Britton Road Oklahoma City OK 73114
WPMT-TV 2005 South Queen Street York PA 17403
WFMY-TV 1615 Phillips Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405
WKBW-TV 7 Broadcast Plaza Buffalo NY 14202
WBRE/WYOU-TV 62 S. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre PA 16701
WCHS-TV 1301 Piedmont Rd. Charleston, WV 25301
KTAL/KMSS-TV 3150 N. Market Shreveport LA 71107
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057 (see ad above!)
KVEO-TV 394 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
WBRZ-TV 1650 Highland Rd. Baton Rouge LA 70802
WCYB-TV 101 Lee St. Bristol VA 24201
KHBS/KHOG-TV 2415 North Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72904
WHBF-TV 231 18th St. Rock Island IL 61201
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee FL 32309
WGXA-TV 599 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon GA 31201
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave. Wausau WI 54403 (see ad above!)
KTIV-TV 3135 Floyd Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51108
WVNS-TV 141 Old Cline Road Ghent WV 25843
KTMF/KWYB-TV 2200 Stephens Ave. Missoula, MT 59801
KULR-TV 2045 Overland Ave. Billings, MT 59108
WBBJ-TV 346 Muse Street, Jackson, TN 38301
KGNS-TV 120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
KTVH-TV 100 W. Lyndale Ave. Suite A Helena MT 59601
* Spanish language station