WHYY is seeking a News Director to lead a multi-platform, awarding-winning newsroom at one of the nation’s leading public media stations.
Philadelphia is a city with numerous news outlets that are both competitive and collaborative. A significant share of WHYY’s audiences and membership resides in the four major Pa. counties surrounding Philadelphia, as well as in South Jersey and Delaware, all areas WHYY News serves on radio, television and digital. We are looking for someone who can balance our news coverage across the regions and tailor our news products on radio, TV, digital and web to build on existing audiences and capture new ones.
The successful candidate is a micro and macro thinker whose priority is local news, but also thinks strategically about growing market share and audiences we do and don’t have. The News Director will work across the enterprise to enhance the strategic impact of our news service while complementing the efforts of all areas of the company. The company is focused on diversifying membership and audiences across race, ethnicity, generations and political ideology, and is developing a social justice program. As a public media station, part of our mission is to help transcend divides.
So much has happened this year that has upended people’s lives, challenged local economies and businesses, the arts, neighborhoods, the environment, education, and social justice, and forcefully reframed the quality of life in our region.
We are seeking someone who can connect the dots and steer a range of stories and projects including investigative, enterprise, breaking news, community and lifestyle, and “surprise-and-delight,” the kinds of stories that give listeners and readers unexpected doses of humor, joy and lift amid the daily news menu.
The News Director reports to the Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue and leads a team of editors overseeing several news verticals to set a newsroom vision, strategize priorities for news coverage that play to our strengths, challenges us to grow where needed, and fortifies local news coverage across platforms, including our fast-growing digital news service. A priority is focusing on diversifying audiences amid a challenged media landscape. The News Director also works closely with the Chief Content Officer to maximize cross-platform opportunities, and with the Audio General Manager
, who oversees show hosts and the overall sound of the station.
The ideal News Director should have knowledge of public media, but also strive beyond the public media bubble to find people and voices that resonate in new ways. We are looking to develop coverage that distinguishes the station and connects with racially, ethnically and politically diverse audiences, among others. People must also know we are listening and welcoming. We are seeking a News Director who is a presence in our communities, knows the value of journalists building relationships outside of daily reporting in a diversity of communities, and who understands the need for reporting and community engagement to live in the same space.
We need someone who is content- and business-minded, collaborative and communicative, and who inspires aspiration. The News Director must be culturally competent and embed practices that assure cultural competency as foundational to our work, culture, impact and sustainability.
Demonstrated orientation to and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion is a requirement.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintain a regular and predictable attendance.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Interact with sources, employees, and the heads of other departments.
- Manage journalism of all locally produced programs heard on WHYY News.
- Supervise productions, facilities, and equipment, and other newsroom needs.
- Help develop news budget.
- Directly supervise reporters, editors and producers, and news reports of hosts.