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Clarksville, TN, USA Req #10863
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn., is seeking a News Director to oversee newsroom operations at this Gannett daily website and newspaper. We are proud of our creative and dedicated team, and we invite you to become a part of the nation’s most forward-thinking media company.


The News Director, the top editor at the location, schedules and directs the news staff to create storytelling that accurately informs, entertains and engages specific audiences on multiple platforms. The News Director works toward making the news operation the community's leading voice and connects with the community through storytelling and outreach (social media, community leadership, etc.) The News Director works with the Regional News Director and Audience Analyst to evaluate what's working and what's not, and develops ongoing plans with the staff to better satisfy audience needs. The Clarksville News Director also supervises news clerks in generating content for the Stewart Houston Times weekly publication.

Typical job duties:

  • Develops and maintains daily and weekly local news coverage plans.

  • Coaches the staff to provide quality content, including articles, photos and videos.

  • Represents the newspaper to the community.

  • Works closely with the regional news operations team to share content.

  • Works with digital and print planners to coordinate presentation.

  • Writes regular editorials.

  • Plans training for news staff.

  • Promotes personal brand, the brands of colleagues and the institutional brand.

  • Completes administrative duties within the news department.

  • Provides great customer service.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or equivalent in experience and education.

  • Five years’ experience developing a personal brand through reporting or editing across online or print, plus social media platforms.

  • Experience with advanced storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.

Knowledge of social media and customer feedback tools, including how to respond and engage customers on digital platforms in the public space, is essential. A strong candidate should also have working knowledge of audience analytic tools such as Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics and Google Analytics and will have the ability to interpret and apply such data.

Exceptional journalism, planning and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task and excel under deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment are core talents for this position. Candidates must be self-motivated and self-directed. Candidates must have the ability to work with diverse personalities, embrace peer-to-peer feedback and training, both as teacher and student. It is important that the right candidate be able to work collaboratively within a cross-functional environment and apply innovative, creative thinking to support the company’s goals. Outstanding writing, spelling and grammar skills, plus knowledge of AP Style, are a must, along with a command of media law and principles of ethical conduct. In addition, candidates must have proficiency in the MS Office suite and have CMS publishing skills.

Gannett provides a great work environment with a number of benefits to include medical, dental, vision insurance; 401k plan; paid vacation, along with a number of additional benefits. Qualified candidates should include a cover letter, resume and salary requirements when applying. Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer drug screen.


Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of nearly 140 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include the USA TODAY and more than 260 daily local newspaper brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, WordStream, and ThriveHive and U.K. media company Newsquest. There's never been a better time to join our talented team. Visit to learn more about our opportunities, and visit Gannett Privacy Policy to understand our privacy policy.

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 is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.  

Other details

  • Job Family News
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Clarksville, TN, USA