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News Director

Public radio 97.9 WHAV FM, the only Haverhill-based new source, seeks a resourceful, motivated and deadline-oriented News Director to bring acclaimed WHAV News to the next level.

The successful candidate will lead and manage the planning, production and presentation of local news on-air and online to a metro area of more than 200,000 people just north of Boston, Mass.

Exercise solid, objective and ethical news judgment
Develop story ideas, track issues and events
Interview, write and edit for on-air and online audiences
Produce and anchor newscasts
Develop schedules and budgets
Recruit, hire and train reporters, freelancers, photographers (web) and others, as needed
Develop and maintain news sources
Serve as public face of WHAV News in the community
Participate in securing grant and underwriter funding

A four-year degree in journalism " or equivalent
Three years full-time professional experience in journalism " preferably in a multi-platform news environment
Broad knowledge of local and regional issues
Adept at determining and focusing on what listeners and readers care most about
Ability to quickly interpret, write and voice reports on often-complex subjects
Deal effectively with simultaneous tasks
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Good voice, excellent pronunciation and strong delivery
Superb grammar, spelling
AP Style proficiency
Curious mind
Professional appearance and demeanor
Reliable transportation and valid drivers license
Computer literate:
o Microsoft Office suite
o Digital audio editing software (Adobe Audition, Audacity)
o WordPress
o Social media platforms (particularly Facebook)
o Adobe Photoshop a plus
Working knowledge of broadcast equipment

This is a unique opportunity to build a strong resume, grow with an entrepreneurial news operation and work in state-of-the-art facilities. If you believe you can fulfill some duties, but not others, please acknowledge.

To be considered, email cover letter, resume, audio/video newscast demo, news writing sample (URLs accepted), current salary and compensation requirements. WHAV is an equal opportunity employer.
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