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News Director in Memphis, TN at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 11/12/2021

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Job Summary


Cox Media Group in Memphis, TN seeking a strategic, team-oriented, and passionate journalist to lead the Fox13Memphis team as our News Director.

WHBQ produces 54 hours of local news each week. This is a rare opportunity for a leader who possesses a passion for local news along with the highest standards for producing unbiased and impactful reporting for our audiences on all platforms.  The Fox13Memphis philosophy is built on a foundation of breaking news and accountability-based journalism. Our ideal candidate will be a hands-on servant leader, with a vision and mission to serve the needs of our viewers while fueling the passion and professional development of our news team. The Cox Media Group culture is based on the idea that we compete with our products, but we win with our people.  Our news leader must understand how it is critical to treat their teams with respect and empathy while making a commitment to coach them to excellence every day.

Fox13Memphis’ next news director will be a dynamic, forward thinking leader with excellent news judgment to oversee all aspects of daily TV news and digital content. This individual will have the unique opportunity to lead our experienced team in the execution of exceptional newscasts and digital content across multiple platforms - while continuing to grow digital audience and broadcast ratings.  

Reporting to the VP/GM, qualified applicants will have a proven record with breaking news, investigative and enterprise reporting and the delivery of successful digital products. Candidates must be collaborative partners, working closely with other department leaders on innovative engineering opportunities that will advance newscast delivery, marketing and research strategies that will strengthen brands and grow our strong market position as well as innovative sales initiatives to help meet revenue goals. They will also have demonstrated leadership and skills in managing, developing, recruiting and retaining talent.  Candidates must have a strategic understanding of how broadcast, digital, and social can complement each other and can drive execution to achieve goals while maintaining high editorial standards.

The Fox13Memphis news director will value the talents and experience of our team and will cultivate an environment of inclusive idea generation and problem solving.  Fox13Memphis has a strong tradition of winning audience loyalty by presenting our communities’ stories based on their human experience and we’re seeking the next great leader to continue our successes and take us to the next level. 




What we look for



By leveraging your deep experience in TV newsrooms, you will provide strategic and tactical direction for day-to-day multi-platform news coverage, breaking news, special projects, investigative reporting, special event coverage.
Create and drive strategies to augment and align digital and on-air staffs to grow both the digital platforms and reinforce and grow on-air ratings.
Ensure that the news team has absolute clarity of goals and expectations to drive quality results, employee satisfaction and accountability at all levels of the team.
Lead by example in seeking out diverse voices and perspectives in newscasts by encouraging the team to provide a full spectrum of thought around social and other issues when pitching and storytelling.
Strong servant leadership and collaboration skills to communicate and live our mission and vision around delivering the highest quality news, information, and investigations.
Lead and drive digital competency across the greater organization to help support efforts to increase quality content, broadcast brand engagement and digital audience.
The ability to operationalize brand and audience research across platforms to drive opportunities for growth.
A mastery of key metrics for measuring our business, including linear TV ratings and digital analytics for web, apps, video, and social platforms.
Financial accountability for managing the newsroom budget, working with your team and our finance department to allocate resources and negotiate competitively with vendors and contract employees.
Strong ability to grow people through feedback and performance management and internal training opportunities.
Understanding of how to leverage value from external consultants and internal resources to accelerate desired results.


Bachelor’s Degree required (Journalism, English or Communications preferred).

Must have a minimum of 5 years of management experience in a broadcast newsroom.

Experience in managing medium to large dynamic teams. 



Excellent communication, organization, and writing skills. 

Strong understanding and experience in managing digital media brands.

Strong networking and community engagement skills.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group, Inc. (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to viewers in the communities in which it serves. The company's operations primarily include 65 radio stations delivering all genres of content in 11 markets,33 high-quality, market-leading television stations in 20 markets, and numerous streaming and digital platforms. CMG's portfolio includes primary affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable news and independent stations. Additionally, the company also offers a full suite of national, regional, local and digital advertising services with CMG Local Solutions, CoxReps and Gamut.


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