News Director, Montana Public Radio/Broadcast Media Center

University of Montana (Missoula, Montana)

Posted 2 years ago

The University of Montana invites applications for Montana Public Radio (MTPR)’s News Director position. The committee is searching for an energetic and experienced leader for its award-winning news department. The station has a 54-year history of excellent journalism and this position produces daily news stories for broadcast and digital platforms. Additionally, this position assists and guides the news department in creating timely public affairs and news-oriented award winning podcasts. MTPR is located at the University of Montana in the beautiful, friendly, northern Rockies city of Missoula. As MTPR’s top news authority, the News Director (ND) uses the highest ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards to set the station’s news policy and maintain journalistic integrity across all station platforms.

This position will supervise five full-time staff and several part time student daily. The news staff is based primarily in the Missoula headquarters but this position will also supervises correspondents working remotely covering other Montana communities including Helena (the State Capitol), the Flathead Valley, and Butte.

The successful candidate will demonstrate ethical and professional journalism standards and have experience in producing journalism for a variety of different platforms but with a strong emphasis in quality audio work. A strong work ethic and collaboration will be key functions of this position. This position reports to Director of the Broadcast Media Center and serves as a member of the senior staff team.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its essential values of innovation and creativity, impact, openness, and partnership.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $55,000 – $65,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of the best practices of a news editor in public media news
  • Knowledge of journalism ethics of balance, fairness and inclusion
  • Excellent skills in technology and software used in news gathering, production and distribution
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new trends and best practices in technology
  • Ability to understand, identify, track and investigate emerging news stories over a diversity of complex topics, including social, political, economic, environmental, and educational stories.
  • Proven ability to report and produce quality news content for broadcast.
  • Ability to participate in collaborative projects with Montana PBS and the UM academic departments and in particular the School of Journalism
  • Knowledge of best practices in radio and online news gathering, production and distribution
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, including quick, concise writing, and a probing but respectful interview technique
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public
  • Knowledge of trends and best practices in posting and promotion on social media and the web
  • Ability to mentor, motivate and effectively edit the work of journalists and students
  • Ability to compose effective, compelling online posts for web and social media
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work under deadline pressure
  • Ability to handle crises under pressure
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to make quick command decisions
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the news staff
  • Ability to quickly understand local and regional issues
  • Demonstrated experience and success in maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including news judgment, objectivity, balance and fairness
  • Demonstrated excellence in news writing, background research, gathering and production skills

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Journalism, broadcasting or related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in broadcast/multi-media journalism
  • Minimum of two (2) years of news management in a multi-person newsroom or equivalent position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in public media
  • Experience in multi-platform production
  • Ability to make quick command decisions
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the news staff
  • Ability to quickly understand local and regional issues

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: November 11, 2019

For application instructions, required application materials, and to learn more about UM and Missoula, please apply here.

University of Montana is an ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer


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