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Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting seeks a news director

February 2, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Join award-winning 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station as its next News Director!

In this role, you will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the WESA Newsroom in editorial planning, assignments, news gathering, production and multi platform distribution of news content.  As the News Director, you will partner with the Vice President, News in developing and executing a vision for multi platform journalism in Pittsburgh that provides comprehensive coverage of issues and events that connects with and serves our communities.

The Job

  • You will work with the Vice President, News to create a vision for journalism that best serves our community, then lead its daily execution.
  • You will be responsible for our journalism, from planning and assignments through production and distribution. We seek to be a primary source of news in Pittsburgh, at a time when other sources are declining.  Your experience and news acumen will assure we make great story selections and execute them well, always embracing high standards of journalistic standards and respecting our own Company standards and policies.
  • You will be responsible for the hiring, training, scheduling, assignments, supervision and oversight of the work of the staff.  You will set their goals, monitor progress, provide coaching and do performance evaluations.
  • You will be responsible for budget management and supervision of newsroom spending. Working with the Vice President, News, you will help to develop a budget for the department, then achieve our journalistic goals within the prescribed budget. You will oversee editors’ and reporters’ expenses, develop budgets for special projects, and work with the Revenue divisions to develop sources of funding for them.

What We’re Hoping You’ll Bring

  • You have a strong and proven skill in leadership and management and the ability to exercise independent judgment in managing your daily news operation.
  • You take pride in your work and maintain a high level of personal responsibility, striving to achieve the best results and always assuming ownership and accountability for your work.
  • You possess sound news judgment and excellent decision-making skills, with the ability to stay calm under pressure and to handle non-routine situations with command and ease.
  • You have exceptional communication and organizational skills, with the ability to multitask and to establish effective timelines for accomplishing short and long-range goals.
  • You think strategically, setting clear goals for yourself and for your staff, and use metrics to track progress towards meeting those goals.
  • You are capable of leading journalism on multiple platforms using audio, video, digital and photography and understand FCC regulations.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least five years of progressive responsibility in management, supervision and leadership in a newsroom.
  • 5 or more years of editing experience in a professional newsroom with multimedia news content training and experience (radio experience preferred).
  • 8 or more years of experience as a journalist.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings, weekends and long shifts, as required during peak news cycles or breaking news events.
  • Honesty and integrity in all dealings.
  • Enthusiasm for the missions of PCBC and its stations.

The minimum compensation for the News Director’s position is $80,000, commensurate with experience and ability.

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