News Director — Job Description

Reports to:     Executive Director

Summary:      The news director is primarily responsible for producing KOTO’s weekday newscast and local affairs programming. Other duties include strategic web planning, web content management, and co-production of KOTO’s live festival coverage.


  • Produce a daily newscast, determining local and regional content.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and schedule staff reporters/producers and volunteers.
    • Assign and edit reporters’ produced pieces to ensure they meet ethical and journalistic standards, as summarized by the following guidelines:
    • Seek the truth and report it;
    • Minimize harm;
    • Act independently;
    • Be accountable;
  • Prevent the broadcast of slanderous and/or libelous material.
    • Achieve a comprehensive and inclusive newscast that reports on the breadth of local community issues and subjects, including those underreported in the mainstream press, representing as many viewpoints as are available.
    • Produce public affairs programming and special coverage, including elections and emergencies.
  • Ensure web content is updated and accurate.
  • Advise executive director on website content and functionality
  • Assist in the broadcasting of Telluride town council meetings.
    • Assist, plan, and produce local public affairs programs, live broadcasts, and special event coverage.
    • Represent the News Department at San Miguel Educational Fund board of directors meeting as required.
  • Maintain equipment and make recommendations for replacement.
  • Cover on-air slots, Monday through Friday, from 5:58 until 6:30.
    • Act as news staff advocate, offering opinions and recommendations on KOTO news and public affairs programming.
    • Collect feedback and input from the community to make recommendations to the SMEF and CAB about news and public affairs programming.
  • Assist with station functions and events as requested by the executive director.

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Author: goat

I've been on the air in Northern Colorado since 1978. The Colorado Playlist is broadcast on 30 FM frequencies in the state. I am also a musician, talent buyer and business consultant. Email me at

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