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Assistant News Director

KWES-TV (NewsWest 9), the TEGNA station in Midland/Odessa, Texas, has an opportunity for you! We have an opening for someone with a passion for innovation and the ability to motivate a team to produce compelling content on air, online, on OTT and on social media.

The successful candidate will fill the Assistant News Director role by overseeing our daily news operation and collaborating with the News Director to win the day. This person must be able to coach employees through the storytelling process, give positive feedback, as well as hold people accountable for goals set by management. We’re searching for someone to lead breaking news , breaking weather, and someone who understands how to differentiate our coverage from the competition. This ideal candidate must understand what makes creative and impactful content on all platforms. NewsWest 9 is widely recognized for its creative storytelling and community-centered news. The assistant news director plays a key role in elevating the content to meet standards.


 •  Planning coverage priorities, and ensuring effective delivery of daily content on linear, digital, OTT and social media platforms.

•  Managing the daily performance of multi skilled journalists, from story concept to execution and support producers by providing editorial skills, copy editing, and storytelling skills.

•  Manage daily editorial meetings.

•  Work closely with producers, reporters, anchors, photojournalists, and the digital team on daily news coverage.

•  Oversee production of newscasts and special programming.

•  Have working knowledge of all broadcast and digital content systems and the ability to train others to use them.

•  Review daily newscasts to ensure quality control.

•  Write copy and edit scripts for on air and digital as needed.

•  Work with the news director and other managers to establish newsroom goals and work to develop and further the station’s news brand.

•  Create tactics and strategies to increase key performance indicators for target areas on multiple platforms

•  Help recruit great people and assist in the on-going evaluation of personnel.

•  Schedule staff according to the content plan.

•  Perform other tasks as assigned.


•  Minimum of one year producing newsroom content for linear and/or digital

•  1 year of experience in a leadership position preferred

•  Skilled copy editor

•  Understanding of copyright law, music rights and basic journalism legal principles

•  Well versed in understanding digital analytics

•  Working knowledge of ENPS and Edius a plus

•  Strong understanding of all social media, digital and OTT platforms and how they contribute to overall success

•  BS/BA in journalism, communications, broadcast, digital media or a related field.