News Director

WTOK-TV, the dominant ABC affiliate in Meridian, MS seeks a News Director who loves news, loves to teach, loves to produce and loves to innovate. Meridian is a great community with true Southern charm that is known for its musical roots, great outdoor activities and is adjacent to multiple SEC sports markets. We are home to Naval Air Station Meridian, two major interstate highways, jet service from American Airlines, and an easy drive to New Orleans, Jackson, Birmingham and the beautiful Gulf Coast.

The WTOK News Director will be responsible for continuing the tradition of market leading standards, goals, and tactics for newsroom operations and content. The News Director will also be responsible for recruiting, hiring, coaching, mentoring, supervising and evaluating newsroom personnel. The News Director is also responsible for providing innovative content on all social media platforms. The News Director is expected to work closely with the General Manager and other department managers to achieve the company`s overall performance goals. General knowledge of strategic planning and management of budgets is a plus.
The News Director must have a strong working knowledge of community issues and needs, understand sound journalistic principles, oversee all content gathering and presentation in a visual and viewer oriented storytelling style.
The News Director is responsible for planning big event coverage such as elections, debates, and local community events, as well as daily duties for the MMJ team. Those duties include:

• The management of editorial flow, assigning MMJs, photojournalists, for daily coverage.
• Supervise and schedule personnel.
• Review content on all platforms for journalistic integrity.
• Participate with station staff in the development of local issue and event coverage plans.
• Work closely with the staff to distribute content on all platforms.
• Knowledge and proficiency in posting content to websites and social media.
• Knowledge and proficiency in the use of social media to enhance newsgathering and customer engagement.

Applicants should have newsroom management experience, and a 4 year college degree is preferred.

To apply for this position, please submit resume and cover letter electronically at or mail to WTOK-TV, Attn: Human Resources, 815 23rd Avenue, Meridian, MS 39301

WTOK-TV is an equal opportunity employer. Employment discrimination because of race, color, national origin, or sex is prohibited by the FCC and other Federal, State, and Local Agencies. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Pre-employment drug screening is required. Gray Television, d/b/a WTOK-TV participates in E-Verify.