Job Description:

WMUK-FM seeks a News Director to lead our award-winning news team’s coverage of West Michigan across our broadcast and online platforms.

Position Description

This position of News Director directs and coordinates all activities of WMUK’s news team, including but not limited to: providing editorial oversight, assigning or approving stories, writing news copy, coordinating special coverage, hiring and evaluating news staff, monitoring news developments on a continual basis, and adhering to the highest journalistic and ethical standards.

Overview

WMUK-FM is public radio from Western Michigan University and a founding NPR member station. As the Kalamazoo-based NPR affiliate for the West Michigan region, WMUK is on a path to rebuild our newsroom, after instituting a major format change from music to news on our main 102.1 FM channel, and the launching of a new classical service on 89.9 FM.

We're seeking an experienced, growth-oriented journalist who is aspiring to oversee a growth-oriented newsroom. Situated halfway between Detroit and Chicago, our news coverage area covers a large portion of southwest Michigan, and the News Director will lead all local news coverage across all platforms for WMUK-FM.

Our mission is to share knowledge, explore ideas and tell compelling stories that engage listeners and communities across Western Michigan and beyond.  Our vision is to become the regional NPR station of choice for a growing community of public radio listeners and supporters.

Essential Duties

  • 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.
  • Develops and ultimately oversees the implementation of the editorial focus, process, and design.
  • Sets WMUK's news plans and priorities. Plans daily and long-range news coverage on all platforms.
  • Assigns reporting, coverage and producing tasks including special series and projects.
  • Manages news department staff, including full and part-time employees, as well as independent contractors (freelance).
  • Gathers, reports, generates, and contributes news/public affairs content as time allows.
  • Manages news internship program in concert with WMU School of Communication.
  • Works with the news team and regional NPR editors to consistently participate in nationalizing a local story.
  • Performs occasional host fill-in work on-air and on-line. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Three years' relevant experience.
  • Supervisory or lead experience.
  • Strong broadcasting newswriting skills.
  • Familiarity with AP style.
  • Working experience with editorial functions in a broadcasting organization.
  • Experience in news management or an equivalent expertise.
  • Experience with digital audio editing, both single and multi-track.
  • Knowledge of FCC laws relating to the delivery of news and public affairs content.

This position offers market competitive pay and generous benefits through Western Michigan University.  See full job listing at wmujobs.org  

Application Requirements

Along with cover letter and resume, applicants must a sample of broadcast copywriting, and additionally an audio demo featuring minimum of five-minutes of hosting and/or reporting work (link or physical media is acceptable).

Reports to:         Gordon Evans, Director, Content Operations & Audience Development, WMUK-FM

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Kalamazoo, MI
United States
Job Category: 
Administrative
Reporting
Production/Programming
Deadline: 
Friday, December 3, 2021
Job Type: 
Full time
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For complete description, minimum requirements and application procedures, visit http://www.wmujobs.org  Only applications submitted through this site will be considered. Posting # 0605823. Deadline to apply:  November 17, 2021. WMU is an AA/EO Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Salary: 
$55,000.00
Maximum Salary: 
$62,000.00
Phone: 
(269) 387-5725
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