Your Team

Idaho Public Radio reporters Emilie Ritter Saunders and Molly Messick with News Director Sadie Babits. Photo credit: Becky Lettenberger / NPR StateImpact
Idaho Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders and Molly Messick with ND Sadie Babits.

As News Director, you steer the energies of a news team to find and deliver meaningful information, efficiently and effectively, over and over again. The keys are:

  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • A system of team coordination
  • A system for selection and improvement of employees

It’s vitally important that News Directors and Program Directors and General Managers work together. The ND and PD jobs can often overlap. It helps to articulate how that works.

Issues & Challenges → The ND’s Role in Programming

And remember that the news department is part of the larger station team.

Issues & Challenges → Cultivating Excellent Stationwide Relations

Roles and Responsibilities

The traditional radio newsroom operates sort of like an oil company: drilling for raw news, processing it, dispensing finished stories to customers. This “news pipeline” requires team effort from end to end.


  • Gatherers
  • Organizers
  • Presenters
  • Students and Volunteers

more: Your Team → Roles and Responsibilities


The news process presents unique challenges to a team and its manager. The process demands a blend of creativity and discipline, mindful planning and fast action. You manage these seemingly conflicting needs by setting goals, rationing resources and adjusting to circumstances.


  • Prioritize
  • Ration Resources
  • Adjust

more: Your Team → Coordination


We can talk all day about the team, but you remain keenly interested in the performance of each individual within the team.


  • Hiring
  • Improving
  • Terminating

more: Your Team → Performance

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