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30 Questions and Answers Written by Christina Erne

Updated on August 23rd, 2018 |
Question 1 of 30
What are your ethical practices?
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How to Answer
A news director often makes the most difficult decisions on what stories to cover and how to cover them. The candidate must discuss their experience making these decisions and can show that they are level-headed and confident with what the ultimately decide. Some of these ethical decisions are whether or not to reveal sources to the public, or whether or not to show violent crimes on video or in pictures on television during peak news hour. The candidate must show that they understand the severity of their decision and can back up what they do.

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Question 2 of 30
How do you find qualified candidates for news positions to hire?
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A news director is expected to hire employees in the news department. The interviewer wants to find someone who is experienced with hiring these types of positions and has unique ways of finding the best possible candidates. The potential news director should discuss their experience with hiring and their knowledge of what each job they hire for requires. They should also mention ways they find potential employees, such as through the website's hiring site, other aggregate job listing sites, or through news reels posted on social media sites, including YouTube.

Question 3 of 30
What is your experience managing finances for a department?
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A news director is expected to keep track of any money the news department may have within a quarter in order to either save for future projects and equipment, or use on top stories. The money may go towards hiring graphic designers, buying new camera equipment, or sending a reporter team to a faraway state to cover a big event. The candidate should discuss their ways of managing this kind of budget and how they believe is the best way to spend finances each quarter.

Question 4 of 30
What unique skills can you offer to our news department?
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The candidate should give examples of aspects of their personality, skills they possess, and previous works that make them more qualified than other potential candidates for the position. They should discuss why their previous experience in news or management makes them qualified for the job and ways in which they will make positive changes on the department throughout their career.

Question 5 of 30
What are your career aspirations beyond this point?
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The candidate should discuss why they are passionate about taking this job, and how it will help them develop as an employer in the future. While they may mention what future goals they have within the company or in their career, the most important aspect of the question is about the candidate's interest in holding the position for a long time. Interviewers do not want a candidate who hopes to put the job on their resume and leave quickly. They are looking for someone who wants to do great work and stay around for a while.

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Author of News Director Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 04/19/2017
Last modified on: 08/23/2018

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