"I describe myself as a level-headed and understanding manager. I recognize that managers are expected to make hard decisions within the news department, but are also expected to help the reporters write and edit interesting stories. A good manager must always have the best interests of the company in mind, and I believe that my ability to direct others and help everyone do the best work they can do will make the company a success."
The candidate should describe their personality traits and how they help to make a good manager. The candidate should describe what they consider a successful manager, including someone who is open to helping others, knowledgeable about news, and is a good decision-maker for the news and sales departments. A manager is expected to work well with all employees in the news department, including reporters, photographers, producers, and assignment desk editors. In answering this question, they should touch on how they plan to manage each of the departments, with a moderation of understanding and power.
"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.
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.