Assistant News Director

Job Locations US-OR-Bend
TDS Broadcasting


As the Assistant News Director with Central Oregon Daily News, you will collaborate with the News and Local Content Manager on the management and daily creation of news, information and lifestyle programming within the Central Oregon viewing area. You will be responsible for assisting with the daily management of the newsroom and leading the daily management of the newsroom in the Manager’s absence.


TDS Broadcasting LLC, a TDS company, operates KOHD-TV the ABC affiliate, KBNZ-LP the CBS affiliate, COTV11 and CO4 Visitors Network as Zolo Media, offering a wide range of viewing options for Central Oregonians.


Zolo Media provides targeted advertising solutions through a combination of local originated content, local broadcast television stations, and on BendBroadband and Crestview cable television networks. Zolo Creative Services offers award-winning video production for television spot production. Visit or


Assists the New Director with the process of producing news, information and lifestyle programming, including, but not limited to:

  • Managing the daily content gathering, which includes running the daily editorial meeting, assigning stories that support the brand position and target audience goals, & coaching associated staff toward excellent execution in all aspects of the final product.
  • Researching and fact-checking news stories for credibility and utilizes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request process.
  • Leading breaking news coverage.
  • Motivating the team to create engaging content and meet deadlines.
  • Championing for multi-platform content and managing the flow, including social media and web applications.
  • Developing an extensive network of contacts within the local market to ensure professional relationships and access to information of importance to the local community.
  • Performing other duties as needed on a daily basis such as assignment managing, writing, producing, reporting and anchoring.

Evaluates content and provides feedback to producers, associate producers, anchors, reporters videographer/editors.


Assists with the development of all local program content. Works closely with the Production Manager to ensure appropriate level of personnel to meet production deadlines for live and recorded programs.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience.
  • 5+ years’ experience in anchoring, producing/assistant news directing or similar experience in a local television environment.

Other Qualifications

  • Journalism/reporting experience.
  • News management experience preferred.
  • Solid news judgement.
  • Understands where to focus energy and how to produce stories under pressure/deadlines.
  • Able to handle last minute changes.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively.
  • Computer-assisted reporting experience.
  • Understanding of the FOIA request process.
  • Informed and knowledgeable in current events and news.


As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. The benefit plans address both the immediate and long term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits and retirement options please click here.


At TDS, we embrace Equal Employment Opportunity by valuing our differences and consider all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by law. To learn about our diversity & inclusion philosophy and culture, click here!


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