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Top 30 News Director Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
How would you describe yourself as a manager?
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"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.
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Question 2 of 30
What is your experience with firing an employee?
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"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.
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Question 3 of 30
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 4 of 30
What is your favorite type of story?
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Question 5 of 30
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
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Question 6 of 30
In what ways do you voice your opinion on story ideas to the newsroom?
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Question 7 of 30
How well do you work under stress?
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Question 8 of 30
What incentives do you give your employees to produce good work?
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Question 9 of 30
What is your experience working with a sales department?
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Question 10 of 30
How do you decide which stories are the most important to cover for the day?
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Question 11 of 30
What influenced you to become a manager?
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Question 12 of 30
What are your career aspirations beyond this point?
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Question 13 of 30
What unique skills can you offer to our news department?
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Question 14 of 30
What is your experience managing finances for a department?
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Question 15 of 30
What are your ethical practices?
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Question 16 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 17 of 30
Why do you want to become a news director?
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Question 18 of 30
How does this position fit into your career plans?
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Question 19 of 30
Why is this job right for you at this time?
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Question 20 of 30
Why did you decide to get into the news industry?
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Question 21 of 30
How will you elevate our company?
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Question 22 of 30
How do you plan to improve our viewership and ratings?
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Question 23 of 30
How do you balance time between news, sales, and marketing departments?
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Question 24 of 30
What qualities do you look for in reporters?
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Question 25 of 30
What qualities do you look for in hiring new producers?
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Question 26 of 30
Why is this city/state/community a good fit for you?
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Question 27 of 30
What experience do you have writing and editing story scripts?
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Question 28 of 30
How do you plan to allocate spare money for the quarter?
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Question 29 of 30
What other experience do you have working in news or management?
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Question 30 of 30
How do you find qualified candidates for news positions to hire?
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About News Director

August 18th, 2017

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.

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