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Director - News

Alberta, Canada ● British Columbia, Canada ● Ontario, Canada Req #665
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Vista Radio prides itself on a fresh vision of broadcasting and an unparalleled commitment to its community involvement.  We are privileged to operate in 49 radio stations (and growing) broadcasting across 70+ transmitters located in three Provinces and the Northwest Territories. We are also connected to our communities with 37 MyTownNow websites.

At Vista Radio, we're not just in the media business; we're in the business of connecting with our local communities through exceptional content, both on audio and digital platforms. 

With an ever-expanding presence in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories, the Vista team is passionate and committed to the communities we serve. It’s the cornerstone of our success and the reason why we can continue to grow. 

Director - News 

Vista has embarked on a plan to expand our news operations, firmly rooted in small-to-medium-sized markets in Ontario, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and British Columbia. Our recent announcement to acquire 21 Bell Media radio stations in British Columbia signals our belief and commitment to that plan as we extend our presence into a total of 82 communities, covering the province from north to south, and west to east like no one else.

As the Director of News at Vista Radio, this key leadership position will be instrumental in shaping the company’s news strategy and content across all platforms, setting the standard for journalistic excellence and innovation.

You will lead a talented team of journalists to deliver compelling, relevant, and timely news content across all platforms. You are dedicated to understanding and addressing what matters most to our communities through dynamic local journalism, recognizing its profound impact on our daily lives. 

Leveraging your proven leadership in news operations, deep understanding of digital news trends, and ability to drive engagement across both traditional radio and digital platforms, you will serve as the strategic leader of news operations at Vista.

 

Location: Hybrid or Remote 

  

While it is our aspiration that all Vista staff live and work in the communities we serve, we recognize the unique requirements and demands of this role. Qualified candidates are urged to apply as every application will be carefully considered.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, define and set the course for the company’s success in reaching its multi-platform News objectives  
  • Manage all News personnel and allocate resources effectively; this includes but is not limited to managing the department budget, hiring decisions, establishing performance goals and guidelines, and overseeing the evaluation and performance review process across the News organization 
  • Support, guide, engage and motivate News teams to generate and develop relevant and impactful content for local audiences 
  • Work with local management teams in the effective use of resources and synergies in managing News operations 
  • Ensure the work of Regional News Directors and Reporters aligns with the editorial vision, and is in compliance with Canadian journalistic ethics, standards and practices  
  • Promote a digital newsroom culture with News staff—one that embraces industry trends and technological advancements in news programming and delivery, as well as strategies to increase audience engagement and metrics  

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 15 years of progressive journalism experience, including at least 10 years of team management experienceplanning, organizing, directing and scheduling 
  • Superior knowledge of journalistic processes, newsgathering methods and the production of content for radio and digital platforms 
  • Experience in developing and implementing news content content across conventional and digital platforms and a progressive view of the use of technology in news and content gathering 
  • A deep understanding of digital audience behavior, including experience using tracking, analytics, and content management systems 
  • Superior editorial judgment and thorough understanding of Canadian journalistic ethics, standards and practices 
  • An agile and creative mind with the ability to develop innovative solutions, workflows and processes 
  • Results-driven and adept at inspiring others to work towards goals while also encouraging a healthy work-life balance
  • A natural inclination to interact with a wide variety of people using diplomacy, tact and discretion 
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel
 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 7, 2024 

 

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. 

At Vista Radio Ltd, we are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing and supporting a diverse and inclusive environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity, respect and one which reflects the diversity of the various communities in which we operate. Accommodations are available for all employees and applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please advise when submitting your application.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 10
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • Job Start Date Monday, April 29, 2024
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  • Alberta, Canada
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Ontario, Canada