Public Radio News Director

WHAV Published: February 7, 2018 (19 days ago)
Job Type
Equal Opportunity Employer


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.


  • 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 driver’s license
  • Computer literate:
    • Microsoft Office suite
    • Digital audio editing software (Adobe Audition, Audacity)
    • WordPress
    • Social media platforms (particularly Facebook)
    • 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) and compensation requirements.

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