News Director - 90.5 WESA

Feb 28, 2017

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Overview

WESA aspires to build a best-in-class public media newsroom. The station has a talented group of reporters and digital content creators. The foundation community is ready to invest in growth.  Now, we are looking for a News Director to help lead the effort. 

Pittsburgh is an evolving city with strong economic growth projected in the education, health care, finance, business services, and technology sectors. It is now home to Google, Uber, Amazon, and many tech start-ups. It is a city balancing its rich past with the dynamic cultural changes accompanying new economic and population growth. Our future News Director will shape how we tell those stories in Pittsburgh and to the rest of the world.

Function

The News Director has lead responsibility for executing WESA’s news strategy on air and on digital platforms.

The News Director reports to the General Manager, and supervises (either directly or through deputies) all news department staff, including the Morning Edition and All Things Considered hosts. The News Director must be able to work collaboratively with WESA’s programming leadership to ensure that hosts understand and meet WESA’s standards for on-air performance.

The News Director has responsibility for news planning, establishing beats, determining the daily and weekly news budgets, story editing and ensuring that the newsroom meets WESA’s production standards, needs and deadlines, both on air and online.

The News Director helps define and maintain ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards for WESA’s news reports on air and online. The News Director assists the general manager and program director in programming decisions, and makes sure the newsroom both understands and delivers on its duties with regard to programming (including on-air fundraising).

The News Director manages WESA’s relationship with NPR’s regional editor, its desks and program producers, and other national shows on the WESA program schedule that use local content.

The News Director assists the General Manager in identifying and reaching working agreements with potential news partners, then manages those partnerships on a day-to-day basis.

The News Director, as the station’s top news authority, is responsible for the journalistic integrity of all station platforms.

 

Duties

Editorial Planning, Scheduling, Editing (60%)

The News Director directs the activities of the news staff to develop story ideas, evaluate pitches, assign stories, track issues and events, edit stories and schedule them for air.  The News Director also has lead responsibility for planning enterprise projects and coverage of scheduled major events that allow lead time for preparation.

The News Director serves as a primary editor to insure news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner.

The News Director communicates proactively with other WESA departments (marketing, promotion, development, programming etc.) about the newsrooms’ plans, needs and accomplishments. 

Reporting, Anchoring (10%)

The News Director may contribute content on an occasional basis.

Administration of Personnel, Budget, Technology (20%)

The News Director makes sure newsroom staff are scheduled in a way that meets WESA’s needs. The News Director sets goals for and evaluates the performance of newsroom personnel.  Personnel management includes recruitment and hiring. The News Director manages the news department budget — including annual planning, monthly monitoring, and routine handling. The News Director helps maintain equipment and information systems vital to news planning, newsgathering, news production and news presentation.

Community Relations and Support (10%)

The News Director helps ensure that WESA has an open, responsive and civil relationship with its community and members of its audience. The News Director participates in station events and fundraising activities as appropriate.

Other

The News Director takes part as requested by the GM in executive staff discussions of policy, strategy and priorities.

Qualifications

·       A four-year degree— or equivalent — required.

·       Minimum 5 years full-time professional experience in journalism — preferably in a multi-platform (radio + web) local news environment.

·       Must be a collaborative manager, able to work well with other internal departments and with external partners.

·       Familiarity with public radio news programming standards and values a must. So are familiarity with digital production and multimedia story-telling, and practical grasp of social media.

·       Must have ability to work within a live program environment.

·       Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills.

·       Must understand principles of departmental budgets, and be able to monitor and respond to spending trends on a monthly basis. 

·       Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines under stressful conditions and deal effectively with multiple tasks simultaneously.

Organization Overview

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PCBC) is an independent public media organization located in the historic South Side of Pittsburgh, PA

PCBC was founded in 1974, and began broadcasting to the region on 91.3FM and remains committed to providing fresh alternative music to the community. WYEP, with the tagline “Where the Music Matters,” is an AAA format station, curating alternative music, educating the community, and presenting a large number of community events and concerts.

In 2011, PCBC acquired the 90.5 FM spectrum from Duquesne University. It was re-launched as WESA 90.5 FM. The news/NPR format is dedicated to informing people in ways that engage and inspire dialog about community issues. As southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, it gives voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community.

Both stations broadcast from the 19,000 square-foot. Community Broadcast Center (CBC), which was built in 2006 as the first LEED-NC Silver certified “green station in the nation”. The CBC is located in the historic Pittsburgh South Side with easy access to downtown Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and a variety of local restaurants and live music venues. Combined listenership is nearly 200,000, membership exceeds 15,000, and all content is delivered by 36 employees and many loyal volunteers. 

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation offers:

Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is diverse and progressive. 

Applicants are invited to send cover letter, resume, and three references to PCBCnewsdirector@wesa.fm. In your response, let us know how you heard about the position.

 

Please, no phone calls.

WESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.