News Director

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News 3 Now/WISC-TV has a rare opening for a News Director to lead our team at the family-owned flagship of Morgan Murphy Media in one of America’s best cities.

One of the best places to raise a family. One of the best college sports towns. One of the best places to live, period.

Meet Madison.

Madison, Wisconsin’s state capital, is located on an isthmus surrounded by four lakes, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Kegonsa and Lake Waubesa, thus its nickname, City of Four Lakes.  About 80 west of Milwaukee. Madison exudes the casual, down-to-earth feel you’d expect in the capital of America’s Dairyland, according to U. S. News & World Report, which declared the city as the 12th Best Place to Live in the U.S.  Madison’s rich arts and food scenes impress even the most cosmopolitan newcomers. World-class performers and speakers regularly cycle through the region. Meanwhile, Madison appeals to foodies, with its locally produced cheese and local beer from a growing legion of microbreweries and gastropubs. Drinks and dining are a consistent source of conversation with friendly Madisonians, as is sports, especially if the conversation revolves around the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division I basketball team, the Wisconsin Badgers. During the summer, Madison’s lakes draw boaters, canoers, kayakers, sailors, swimmers and stand-up paddleboarders. Even more lakes and state parks await within driving distance. Regional bike paths wind outward in all directions for those up for a trek outside the metro area.

There have been five news directors at New 3 Now in the past 42 years, so this opportunity doesn’t come along very often.

As such it’s critical we find the right executive who can lead this talented and award-winning newsroom comprised of industry veterans, new industry entrants and the professionals in-between.

News 3 Now has a legacy of excellence.

We produce 40 hours of television news a week and embrace coverage through our apps, social, award-winning web site and streaming video channels – that all combine to lead the market in total audience.

We are committed to quality journalism.

We’ve been honored to win six national Edward R. Murrow awards from the RTDNA in the past five years, including the top prize for overall excellence in 2016 and 2021.

We are also leaders in the community with impactful events as well as a legacy of responsiveness to market and societal conditions.

The right candidate will know how to further develop the talents of our team, use all of our station resources and synthesize them to build on our positive momentum and make News 3 Now the dominant news and information source in the Midwest.

What you’ll do:

o    Work with station and corporate management to set content and brand strategy with a focus on audience growth and positive community impact

o    Inspire a team of journalists and production staff to meet a high standard of excellence in a highly competitive marketplace

o    Embrace local news delivery through emerging platforms

o    Lead recruitment and retention efforts for top-notch news and operations staff

o    Help continually develop the skills and engagement of our staff and nurture a positive culture

o    Analyze audience data and be willing to shift resources to meet customer demands

o    Develop strategies to improve the communities we serve through journalism and other outreach activities

What you’ll bring:

o    Excellent strategic and execution skills.

o    Excellent interpersonal communication skills with an emphasis on collaboration, setting expectations, accountability, managing conflict, decision-making, coaching and delegation.

o    Strong command of journalism ethics and the tenets of professional journalism

o    Working knowledge of newsroom software, social media, camera equipment, and editing systems

o    Minimum 7 years of experience in journalism, with previous management experience of increasing responsibility

o    Four-year degree in journalism, communications or equivalent field required

o    Strong video and audience engagement skills and varied writing styles including AP style

What News 3 Now/WISC-TV offers:

o    We’re a dynamic and progressive family-owned business that values our employees, our culture and our community

o    Medical, dental, vision, prescription, life, and long-term disability insurance, EAP, flexible spending account, 401(k), paid time off (vacation, sick, personal, holidays)

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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