News Director - KJZZ, Phoenix

KJZZ, Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ

KJZZ is looking for a news director to be the strategic leader and chief editor of KJZZ’s local and regional journalism operation, overseeing news staff, and output of local and regional journalism on all platforms.

We're seeking an experienced, dynamic leader to drive coverage that serves hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners in the U.S.'s fifth largest city. 

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- News Strategy

Serves as primary news editor, with responsibility for ensuring all news content is accurate, ethical, engaging, and in line with the highest standards of professional journalism.
Works with supervisor and news staff to set strategic priorities and goals for KJZZ’s news operation, focusing topics and reporting and geographic coverage priorities.
Implements the strategic plan for news content.
Edits with Integrity and Quality Standards Control
Serves as the primary keeper and champion of KJZZ’s editorial integrity and independence standards; ensures related documents are regularly reviewed and updated and that the standards are regularly discussed, widely understood and upheld.

- Management and Administration

Manages news department staff, including providing feedback and performance reviews.
Recruits for news positions and makes recommendations to supervisor on personnel decisions.
Works with supervisor to create news department budget; manages budget throughout the year.

- Coverage Planning and Implementation

Sets KJZZ’s news agenda.
Plans daily and long-range news coverage on all platforms.
Oversees KJZZ’s local news projects.
Creates and maintains plans for coverage of crises and breaking news, works with other station departments as appropriate.
Makes reporting and producing assignments.

- Community Engagement and Collaboration

Creates opportunities for the community to engage with news content, virtually and in person.
Works with relevant staff to identify and build news-related partnerships and collaborations with other media and/or with community organizations; works with NPR and other national outlets on news coverage.

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