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WUOT FM, the public radio station licensed to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a charter member of NPR, seeks an inspiring, experienced journalist who is passionate about public radio to lead its award-winning news department and continue the station's reputation for integrity and excellence in local news reporting. Knoxville is known as the "Gateway to the Smoky Mountains" and features a wealth of outdoor activities, sports and arts/cultural attractions, and has a thriving downtown district. The city offers a variety of affordable housing options from downtown lofts to friendly subdivisions and a network of greenways and urban wilderness areas.
The Position's Responsibilities:
The News Director is responsible for:
the vision and quality of news reporting and coverage for WUOT across multiple platforms
leading a dedicated team of staff reporters and freelancers to ensure news production is community relevant and consistent with NPR quality standards
creating and producing compelling news content across multiple platforms
developing new audiences through traditional broadcast media and social media cultivation
hiring, training/coaching and managing news staff and free-lance reporters
exploring new collaborative avenues for news production
promoting station awareness by speaking to community and civic groups when called upon
project management of WUOT grants for local news programming
filling in for news hosts as needed and participating in fundraising and station events
voicing underwriting, PSAs, station continuity breaks, promos as needed
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.