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Date Submitted: July 21, 2022
Job Title: Community News Director
Station: Capital Community Media
Location: Salem Oregon
Deadline to Apply: 8/16/2022
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000

Job Description:

CC:Media is looking for a creative, community-oriented leader who is ready to help us reimagine how community news is covered and shared. Is the idea of working in a newsroom that is inclusive, collaborative and equitable intriguing to you? Are you committed to ethical journalism and authentic storytelling? This is an exciting opportunity to help build a vibrant team of professional and community reporters charged with creating informative community content for multiple platform distribution via tv, radio and the web/social.

 General Description of Job

The Community News Director is a new position at CC:Media and offers the opportunity to shape community reporting in Salem. The Community News Director reports to and works closely with the Executive Director and is a part of the organization’s leadership team. The position will work with the Executive Director to establish a newsroom environment and begin finding hyperlocal news and stories that matter to the Salem community. This is not a breaking news environment, but we are interested in providing quality information to the community while exploring important issues. We seek to engage with a variety of voices in Salem by highlighting authentic stories of people, places and events.  This position requires a driven, self-starter with the ability to work collaboratively across teams, but also has the capacity to work independently and manage time and projects appropriately.

 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Develop, research, and write compelling stories for audio and digital platforms that adhere to high journalistic standards
  • Cultivate community beats and reliable sources
  • Develop relationships with business and community leaders, government public information personnel, and other local journalists
  • Manage the planning and presentation of original CC:Media news and public affairs programming
  • Supervise team of interns & multimedia reporters; provide leadership & guidance to develop skillset
  • Make recommendations to Executive Director regarding organizational improvements, including partnerships, policy, staffing, organizational direction, etc.
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned

 

Desirable Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communications; positive and professional approach
  • Knowledge and proficiency in daily use of social media platforms
  • Multimedia experience in tv, radio or web journalism (i.e. creating, editing and uploading content)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position
  • Mastery of proper English grammar and spelling
  • Understanding of various writing structures for multiple distribution formats
  • Experience in developing a story from idea to final product in a content driven environment
  • Enthusiasm for CC:Media’s mission of connecting communities and empowering all people through media

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in published writing, reporting or multimedia creation
  • Leadership; at least 5 years of team management and staff development
  • Comfortability interviewing guests for radio, tv and/or web content
  • Editorial mindset that seeks to understand what audiences consume and how to create and share it
  • Deep connection to/in Salem/Keizer communities, and/or within Marion and Polk counties

 

Send required application materials to: jobs@ccmediasalem.org
Address application materials to: 575 Trade St SE, Salem, OR 97301