Assistant Director, News and Public Affairs

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Supervisor: Director, News & Public Affairs
Employment Status: Full Time
Position Type: Non-exempt
Positions Supervised: News and Public Affairs Volunteers


This position serves as both a local news anchor and general assignment reporter – producing network-quality long-form news and feature stories on a variety of relevant local topics. He/she works closely with the department’s volunteers with special skills in digital and social media to position the station’s content on multi-platforms. This position acts as primary coordinator and lead journalist of WMNF news specials and/or series. He/she is responsible for production, reporting and/or anchoring local news programs, and acts as a local anchor for national feeds as appropriate. Listed below are the primary responsibilities of the job. Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Initiates and executes enterprising news stories (both audio and digital) in the local coverage area
  • Researches and produce local stories (in accordance with the vision, values, mission and strategic objectives of WMNF) that have been neglected by other local media,
  • Serves as an anchor for WMNF local newscasts and talk programming, and at live events
  • Works with other members of the WMNF team on multimedia visualizations of stories and/or public affairs events
  • Actively engages with WMNF social media volunteers to incorporate social media as a reporting and distribution tool for WMNF news and public affairs content
  • Acts as a model for editorial excellence in the newsroom, and assists other journalists and volunteers in their development of investigative reporting skills.
  • Responsible for production of morning and afternoon day-part news breaks/headlines for WMNF main channel and HD3 – the Source
  • Maintains editorial responsibility for morning and afternoon day-part news breaks/headlines for WMNF main channel and HD3 – the Source
  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of the Director, News and Public Affairs in his/her absence
  • Coordinates with the Operations Manager, distribution of all broadcast field equipment for the production of local news and/or public affairs programs
  • Participates in special events news coverage
  • Writes website versions of news stories and ensures appropriate posting to maximize the use of the content
  • Develops and execute a training program for news and public affairs producers, researchers, on-air talent and editors
  • Acts as the editorial supervisor for user-generated content for
  • Performs the duties of Assignment Editor as directed by the Director, News and Public Affairs
  • Maintain journalistic fairness and high ethical standards
  • Works with the Director, News and Public Affairs in the development of the department Editorial standards, policies and operating procedures
  • Attends and participates in news department meetings
  • Participates in on-air fundraising drives and other station-sponsored events as required

Required Skills:

Works well as part of a team in maintaining a collegial and cooperative atmosphere and climate of service excellence in the WMNF newsroom

Must be able to present a high-quality, accurate, consistent news image

Must possess impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment

Must have the ability to manage several projects concurrently

Thorough knowledge of broadcast production and field recording equipment is required

The ability to meet deadlines is essential

Experience with digital editing of sound files is essential

Experience with digital and social media, a plus

Ability to write and read for broadcast

Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing

Must have demonstrated supervisory skills

Familiarity with the use of blogging and social media in journalism

Familiarity with digital audio editing software such as Adobe Audition


B.A. in journalism or Liberal Arts

Four years of professional journalism experience in a medium size news organization may be substituted for a degree

Minimum three years of experience in broadcast news, preferably non-commercial radio, with editorial experience

Thorough familiarity with topics in local, state and news

Thorough awareness of FCC Guidelines and applicable court decisions regarding news coverage

Ability and willingness to travel

Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license

Must be able to work irregular hours

Thorough understanding of the news cycle

Employer-paid health and dental insurance, vacation/sick/holiday pay, and 403b plan.

A full application includes a resume and cover letter that addresses 1) why you are applying to WMNF and 2) what experiences you have that make you suitable for the position. Please submit your application to [email protected].