Director - WQAD

Director - WQAD

The primary focus of the Director is to develop a production plan for and direct newscasts and related productions.  Produce and direct, promotions, remotes and public service projects

Principal Responsibilities/Skills:

  • Develops a production plan for and directs newscasts and special productions. Also, responsible for the pre-production of certain elements and segments. Including various graphic formats.
  • Interacts with newscast producer to understand the content, tone, structure and pace of the newscast.
  • Must be able to work within and set up the scripting and production tools needed to prepare and execute the live newscast.
  • Leads the production team to creatively and technically execute the newscast.
  • Coordinates with the News and Creative Services Departments to achieve the graphic elements of the newscast.
  • Responsible for monitoring studio lighting and staging needs for any production they are involved in.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

Operation of Ross video switcher program, newsroom operating software, editor and other equipment necessary for live News and special projects including commercial and promotional spots. Good eye for composition and experience on a computer graphics platform. Ability to make decisions and react quickly in order to respond to last moment program changes and equipment malfunctions.  Possess the ability to give direction to Production staff in a clear and logical manner.  Be able to quickly interpret and react upon the producers’ request. Must possess a valid State Driver's License (or be able to get one). 


Education Requirements:

A college degree is preferred and/or two to five years WORK experience.


Physical Requirements:

Good manual dexterity in order to operate the numerous small push buttons and rotary switches on the equipment.  Good eyesight and hearing for the composition and evaluation of commercial production and programs.  Good hearing to be able to receive producer commands, program cues and run audio.  Headsets are used in communications.



Send a resume and tape (or link) to Tom Maloney, Production Manager WQAD-TV, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265-6061 or you can e-mail him at [email protected].


This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, special projects, technological developments, etc.


Equal Opportunity Employer


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