KJZZ assistant news director

KJZZ is looking for an assistant news director to help guide KJZZ’s local and regional journalism operation.

The assistant news director serves as a primary news editor and is the second in charge behind news director in newsroom direction and planning, with responsibility for ensuring all news content is accurate, ethical, engaging and in line with the highest standards of professional journalism.

The assistant news director edits news and podcasts; plans daily and long-range news coverage on all platforms; assigns and helps develop story ideas; writes and researches content to assist the news team; provides mentorship; and oversees staff work/assignments and functional activities. 

We're seeking an experienced, passionate leader to help drive coverage that serves hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners in the U.S.'s fifth-largest city. 

Great benefits

This position offers a competitive salary and great benefits. These include health and dental coverage, retirement benefits, generous vacation and sick leave, as well as other benefits.

Essential functions

65% - Assigns and edits content, ensuring highest journalistic and ethical standards.
15% - Assists team in researching, writing, producing daily news and long-form projects.
10% - Directs and mentors reporters, editors and interns.
10% - Builds and fosters partnerships with appropriate local and national organizations to further station impact; fundraising efforts.

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, radio/television, broadcasting or related field, four years of broadcast-related operations or programming experience, which includes two years of lead work or senior-level experience.


An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Desired qualifications

1. Two years experience editing news content.
2. Four years experience reporting and producing well-written, contextual news; preferably with sound.
3. One year of broadcast experience.
4. Demonstrated experience exercising discretion in determining content/news judgment.
5. One or more years of digital media experience/writing and producing digital media content.
6. Portfolio of work within the last five years that shows an understanding of editing and reporting in any media format submitted by close of business of the application deadline. Please upload with your application.

If you experience issues with the application links, search for job 317533 at jobs.maricopa.edu to apply.