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Assistant News Director, WMAQ


Chicago, IL
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Company NBC Universal

Job Title Assistant News Director, WMAQ

Jobid 23768-351364

Location: Chicago, IL, 60664, USA

Description **Job Number** 30411BR

**Job Title** Assistant News Director, WMAQ

**Business Segment** Owned Stations & Affiliate Relations

**Sub-Business** NBCUOTS - WMAQ

**Posting Category** TV Content & Production

**About Us** NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

**Career Level** Experienced

**Country** United States

**State/Province** Illinois

**City** Chicago


WMAQ-TV, NBC Chicago, is looking for an Assistant News Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the station’s award-winning news department. The Assistant News Director, reporting to the Vice President of News, will be responsible for executing the strategic mission for the News organization while ensuring that the highest levels of journalistic, legal, production and promotional standards are maintained.


+ Manage day-to-day coverage, big story and breaking news on-air, as well as special reports and Olympics coverage.

+ Oversee and manage station’s award-winning investigative and consumer units, including story selection, legal and standards approvals, and script review

+ Create expectations for all aspects of the newscasts regarding style, content, graphics and on-air execution.

+ Oversee news promotional strategy, script writing and identify future promotional opportunities.

+ Be present at all editorial meetings and conduct post-mortems for daily newscasts and insure follow through.

+ Be responsible for news staff development and training in coordination with other news managers.

+ Approve staff schedules as developed by individual managers, including content producers and platform managers.

+ Work to grow collaboration with Telemundo Chicago on daily stories, investigations, and special projects Develop and manage ongoing staff recruitment in all news areas.

+ Will manage the performance evaluation process and conduct annual performance appraisals for news department staff.

+ Be involved with all aspects of news content for station’s web site and other digital platforms



+ Minimum 5 years’ experience working in medium to large markets as a News Director, Executive Producer, or as a news manager (e.g. Managing Editor, Producer or Assistant News Director).

+ BA in Journalism, Communications, Broadcast, or other related majors.

+ Minimum 2 years’ experience supervising, coaching, and directing other News/Production employees

+ Willing and able to travel and work long hours with short notice when necessaryADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:

+ Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV through to be considered for this position

+ Must be willing to submit to a background investigation

+ Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

+ Must be willing to work in Chicago, IL

**Desired Characteristics**

+ Strong editorial, writing, producing, interpersonal and management skills are necessary to be successful at this job.

+ Thorough understanding of diversity-related issues and its sensitivity in all aspects of reporting and gathering of news content.

+ Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and team building abilities.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills to work with all levels within the company

The NBC Owned Television Stations create and distribute engaging content that connects with a valuable audience in 10 major markets across the country. Our content platforms include: NBC Stations broadcast and COZI TV, station websites, digital out-of home, and mobile.  Through our local news operations, our lifestyle production arm LX.TV, and our local sales marketing and production teams, NBC creates content that connects communities with the people, events, and issues they care about most.

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