8 days ago
  • Level Senior
  • Professions Media Director
  • Type Full Time
  • Location London, United Kingdom

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Company Overview WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

The Director of Coverage (DOC) will be a proactive and driven news executive with a proven track record in top level editorial management. Reporting to the London Bureau Chief and the SVP of Newsgathering in Atlanta, they will be responsible for prioritising and driving CNN International’s daily news agenda including both breaking and day to day news stories. The Director of Coverage will be responsible for a team of journalists that uncover, chase and verify daily news lines from around the world with particular emphasis on the EMEA region. The Director is audience focused and has a clear understanding of how content reaches audiences on different platforms. They are responsible for accuracy, creativity and being an ambassador of our brand. CNN's portfolio of news and information services is available in seven different languages across all major TV, digital and mobile platforms reaching more than 475 million households globally. CNN International is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, APAC and Latin America and has a US presence, which includes CNNgo. CNN Digital is a leading network for online news, mobile news and social media. Around 1,000 hours of long-form series, documentaries and specials are produced every year by CNNI's non-news programming division. CNN International is part of WarnerMedia. What you’ll be doing: The DOC will share editorial management duties with the Senior DOC in London across the week. For the duration of their shift, the DOC is the editorial leader, driving our coverage on all platforms to ensuring we remain accurate, competitive and comprehensive. The DOC will oversee our field operations teams and work alongside the Head of Security ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our field teams is always front of mind. Working with the Senior DOC, they will share in the management of a team of approximately 25 employees working alongside the Head of Image and Sound and the Field Engineering departments to ensure we execute a slick, professional newsgathering operation. Alongside our International DOC’s across the regions the Director of Coverage in London will be accountable for the management of the international newsgathering budget and responsible for ensuring we stay within our newsgathering spend. What we are looking for:
  • Someone that loves breaking news, enterprise reporting, delivering scoops and developing stories and themes of coverage.
  • Has a hunger for chasing news lines, advancing reporting on long running stories and can work to tight deadlines.
  • Is up to date with latest technology in field production, content distribution and broadcasting.
  • Puts security of our teams first and has experience of running teams in hostile environments.
  • Can plan and execute big set news events.
  • Knows how to coordinate and direct newsgathering in the field, on social and other digital platforms.
  • Can deploy and commission within the given budget to deliver the best possible content to the audiences and the network.
  • Puts the audiences first and considers who the target audience(s) are for each story.
  • Thinks in headlines, visuals and framing, connecting dots and creating understanding along the way.
  • Proven leader that shapes a team and rewards teamwork.
  • Is comfortable managing talent and being candid in their approach.
  • Is consistently coming up with creative and editorially relevant story and project pitches.
  • Is a tireless collaborator and navigator of the people and systems at CNN.
  • Protects and enhances CNN newsgathering’s industry leading operation. The right candidate sees opportunity here and can work across platforms and departments and genres (e.g. television, digital, shows, affiliates, audio etc.) and guide storytelling and direct news coverage.
What we’re looking for:
  • Extensive experience of running a daily news desk in a busy newsroom – preferably an international one.
  • Proven experience managing a team of producers and writers
  • Demonstrated excellence in breaking news situations,
  • Knowledge of digital publishing, broadcasting, news industry and the competitive landscape, including competitive news sites, channels, mobile, social media
  • Strong editorial judgment, news writing and editing skills
  • Skilled at adapting to a changing environment and leading others through change
  • Ability to translate editorial strategy into daily results
  • Organised and effective communicator
What’s on offer:
This role comes with a competitive salary and a wide range of benefits and perks, including private medical, generous pension contribution and company bonus. You’ll have 28 days holiday and we’ll also give you 40 hours per year for you to use for volunteering or charitable work. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including flexible hours or an element of working from home. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We are currently based in Soho, however we are moving to new offices in Old Street in Q1 2020.

Skills Required

  • Media
  • Direction

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