Advice for the Newly Named News Director

Course Overview

Advice for the Newly Named News Director
Self-Directed Course
This $29.95 course is free of charge thanks to the support of Knight Foundation.
Time Estimate:
Two hours

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Advice for the Newly Named News Director presents tips and strategies for anyone stepping into a top leadership position in a broadcast newsroom.

This course provides advice from experienced news directors, preparing users for the challenges inherent in the first few months of a new assignment, with a strong focus on the leadership and management skills needed to succeed.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify good management styles in newsrooms and in the organization.
  • Identify successful leadership practices.
  • Prepare for new responsibilities unique to the news director.
  • Balance responsibilities.
  • Create a two month plan for success on the job based on an understanding of the position, newsroom, company and community.
Who should take this course:

This course is for anyone stepping into the news director position whether you're new to the job or new to the station. It can also be for those thinking about moving into the job and for veteran news directors who would like to refresh their skills. The advice in this course will be useful in newsrooms or markets of all sizes, in all areas.

The leadership advice in this course also can aid print or online journalists who step into a management role.

Course Instructor:

Deborah Potter

Deborah Potter is a trainer and executive director of NewsLab, a nonprofit resource for local television newsrooms.

Training Partner:

Radio Television Digital News Foundation

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation provides training programs, seminars, scholarship support and research in areas of critical concern to electronic news professionals and their audience.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 8.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • you set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • you use a high-speed connection