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4 Dec 2020

Full-Time News Director, WXYZ

PJRetty – Posted by PJRetty Southfield, Michigan, United States

Job Description

WXYZ, the Scripps ABC station in Detroit is searching for an experienced News Director to keep our station moving forward to new heights of success. This is a newsroom that needs a proven leader who can exceed and grow our high levels of investigative and enterprise journalism.

The right candidate will be someone who understands deep impact local content and can help teach and develop our talented group of journalists into stronger emotional storytellers. We seek someone who can foster a positive, innovative and hard charging newsroom into a digital now mindset. We are looking for a candidate who can effectively plan a news strategy for a continuous measurement world, while still being able to coordinate breaking news, weather and large event coverage.

You must be a digital powerhouse, leveraging the web, OTT, and all social platforms to make sure that local audiences are seeing, talking about and sharing stories generated by our newsroom. You must be a risk taker and someone ready to adapt, change and think out of the box. If this sounds like you, we would like for you to apply.


Create & implement strategic plans for audience growth and newsroom operations.

Responsible for developing and implementing measurable strategies for audience growth while effectively managing news content delivered on multiple platforms.

Communicate a compelling and inspired vision consistent with company strategy.

Analyze and respond to trends affecting the industry and DMA.

Approve all newsroom personnel decisions.

Develop and control annual budget to comply with station guidelines.

Build and maintain key relationships to foster a positive news image within the community.

Monitor all on-air and online product for compliance to Federal, State and local laws as well as First & Fourteenth Amendments.

Work closely with other members of station management team to develop and attain departmental and station goals.

Knowledge of and proficiency in posting content to station websites.

Ability to adapt current resources to emerging technology.

Supervise and provide regular feedback and yearly performance appraisals for direct reports with ultimate responsibility for all newsroom personnel.

Perform other duties as assigned.


At least 5-years or more of News Management experience is required.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication or related field preferred.


Demonstrated ability to track and select trending news stories.

Strong organizational skills.

Ability to work in a rapid, fast-paced environment.

Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws.

Ability to create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas for multiple platforms.

Have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations.

Advanced oral and written communication skills.

Effective in a variety of formal presentation settings both inside and outside the organization.

Proven and effective leadership skills; fosters open dialogue, empowers others, addresses conflict quickly and directly.


The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is one of the nation’s leading media companies, focused on creating a better-informed world through a portfolio of news, information and entertainment brands.Scripps will become the nation’s largest television broadcaster, reaching 73% of U.S. television households through 108 stations in 76 markets, pending regulatory approval of its acquisition of ION Media. Committed to serving local audiences through objective journalism, Scripps operates 60 local TV stations in 42 markets. It is creating a national TV networks business that will include ION Media’s entertainment programming, Newsy’s straightforward headline and documentary news content and the five popular Katz broadcast networks including Bounce and Court TV. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis on race, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.

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Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 40 days.

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