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Morning News Director

KWES-TV Midland/Odessa Tampa Full-Time
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WTSP is looking for an experienced and creative visionary to take our morning daypart to the next level. You are the conductor of energetic and packed content pieced together with the latest happenings in the area and beyond. You will have a strong team in place to get a broadcast on the air, but what about the next day? Next week? Next month? You will be looking ahead to ensure we have the best segments, ideas, features, live and stories. The Morning News Director will embrace WTSP's standard of news reporting, storytelling and investigative excellence for morning news broadcast, network cut-ins, social platforms, mobile, site and whatever platform comes along to boldly advance the WTSP brand. This person will work collaboratively with content leaders to guide teams in creating unique, shareable content that evokes emotion across all platforms (broadcast, mobile, social) and is smart & relevant. Our ideal candidate has proven experience successfully identifying engaging content, teaching others how to do so, and developing a roadmap to meet the goals of our company.

  • Lead teams in the creation of unique broadcasts and digital content
  • Lead, Write and teach staff to write in an exciting, captivating and authentic manner
  • Lead & Teach staff to develop content through social listening and independent sources
  • Teach staff how to research for facts and credibility
  • Skillfully use social media and digital tools to research, discover and distribute content
  • Use consumer analytics in determining content
  • Lead teams to and contribute/write/post daily on all digital platforms including social media

  • Coach journalists how to write for website including attaching images and streaming video
  • Use creative production techniques such as graphics and new forms of media (viewer pictures, webcam interviews, etc.) to enhance stories
  • Enterprise news stories
  • Lead and inspire news teams to work together for a great content
  • Coach and inspire on air talent to be exciting and engaging
  • Perform other tasks as required by Director of Content
  • BA/BS in journalism, communications or related
  • 3-5 years of experience supervising and leading other journalists
  • Experience with photojournalism, editing, and content management systems
  • Strong understanding of the tenets of professional journalism
  • Proven experience producing engaging, content-driven newscasts and digital content
  • Strong social media skills, including an active news hound presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
  • Knowledge of ENPS, Edius and Axis graphics a plus
  • Organizational skills and the ability to work under constant time sensitive deadlines
  • Experience calmly handling live, breaking news situations and changing events


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 49 television stations and two radio stations in 41 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 30 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry's top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA also delivers innovative and unparalleled solutions for advertisers through TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA's OTT advertising service. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, URL blocked - click to apply

TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.



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NewsWest 9 (KWES), the NBC affiliate in Midland-Odessa, TX, is owned by TEGNA Inc., an innovative media company with 49 television stations and two radio stations in 41 markets.

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