News Director

Direct activities of news department of radio or television stations.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$45,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do News Directors do?

Directs and coordinates activities of news department of radio or television network or station: Confers with executives and production staff members regarding budget, station policy, news coverage of special events, and production problems. Originates or approves feature ideas and sends ideas to personnel of assignment department for implementation. Monitors news development and reviews edited copy and news film. Approves program content or issues directions for changes or modification. Coordinates news staff activities with radio or television programming, traffic, and film editing departments. Hires, discharges, and evaluates performance of news staff. May operate video equipment to review and approve news film or tape, using knowledge of usage of equipment. May write or type news copy, letters, and memos. May perform production duties or directly supervise those performing them in smaller station. May be designated according to media as Director, Radio News; Director, Television News.

Should I be a News Director?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Associate Director, Director, Casting, Director, Motion Picture, Director, Radio News, Director, Television News See More

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