"While I have never directly fired someone before, I can tell when someone is either not putting all of their effort into a job, or is no longer fit for the position. I want to be sure that our news department produces the best quality work possible, and if someone is no longer able to produce the work, I will be sure to find someone who can."
A responsibility of a news director is to fire employees that are not performing as well as they should be, despite every effort to train them properly. A news director must be able to try their hardest to work with employees who are not performing up to par, and also know when it is time to let someone go and hire someone who is more qualified for the position. The candidate should give examples of how they know when someone is no longer fit for a position and how they will deal with someone who may be emotional or upset after being fired.
"In five years from now, I see myself working as a news director at this station, making huge improvements and making our station rise to the number one spot in the city. I hope this news director position will be a long-term career position for me, and I hope that in the future I will be known as a successful news director with the utmost respect in the community."
A good response to the question would be for the candidate to describe where they see their career going in the near future. They should be positive about their future in the company for which they are applying, but also show that they are striving for a larger goal, and they will treat the job seriously and constantly want to improve.
"I think the most compelling stories are human interest stories, that lifts the spirits of those who watch. While breaking news is far more important and takes priority in a newscast, my favorite stories surprise you halfway through and have visual elements that make viewers excited to watch each day."
A good response would be for the candidate to describe what makes their newscasts the best based on their favorite, most compelling stories. The candidate should discuss what types of stories make up a good quality newscast, and how they will decide which stories take precedent in a show lineup.
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
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"Although it has taken me 10 years of my career to get to this position, I have always wanted to be a news director. After working in news and holding high up positions in news offices throughout the country, I believe I have all the qualifications necessary to make a good news director. Although it has taken me so long, I believe it was necessary to make me the perfect fit."
Oftentimes, getting to the position of being a news director requires many years of work in other jobs within the news department and in managerial positions. These other positions may have slowed a person's progress towards the ultimate goal of news director. If this is the case, the candidate should discuss how their previous careers and areas of work have made them experienced and a good fit for then news director position. Regardless of how slow or fast it takes someone to get to a certain career, the person should discuss how various careers have helped them become a good news director.
A news director is a person who runs the news department at a local newspaper, or local or national broadcast television station. They are responsible for managing all photographers, reporters, editors and producers who produce content for each television broadcast show or newspaper edition. They are responsible for hiring new talent, making decisions on what stories and events to cover, and providing feedback on each show or edition. Each show or newspaper is a direct product of the management and direction of a news director, and they are constantly managing their employees and updating segments, columns, and providing suggestions to improve writing and reporting to produce the best quality show or edition possible.
To prepare for an interview in this career field, an aspiring news director should be able to show examples of how they can manage a large group of people. They should also be able to provide examples, either written or visual, of shows or newspapers that they have directed. A successful news director improves the station's broadcasts or newspaper editions by adding content or suggesting new writing techniques to appeal to various audiences and capture the most important parts of the story or event.
A news director should be able to discuss with a hiring agent the most important principles of journalism and their take on the ethics of journalism. They should be able to explain their ethical practices, such as their take on dealing with difficult or tragic news. A news director should be able to convey how they stay level-headed and calm in making difficult decisions and provide examples of how they have done this in the past.