Austin Kellerman has been the news director for Nexstar at their stations in Little Rock and Abilene for the past 10 years. Long enough to have learned some valuable lessons.
Lesson 1. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
No, I’ve never been a news director, but Austin Kellerman has. And he’s given me permission to share his message.
Austin Kellerman has been the news director at KARK-KLRT, Nexstar’s NBC and Fox affiliates in Little Rock, Ark., for the past six years.
Prior to that, he was news director in Abilene, Texas, for Nexstar’s KTAB-KRBC for four years.
He also has experience working as a producer in newsrooms in Dallas and Shreveport, La.
I came across an article written by Kellerman that I thought was worth sharing titled, 10 Things I’ve Learned In 10 Years As News Director.
Here is the opening paragraph and the first thing he learned.
It’s crazy to think it’s been 10 years.
It’s been 10 years since I arrived to a duopoly station in Abilene, Texas slightly scared out of my mind — doubting myself even before I walked through the door.
It’s been 10 years since I took a deep breath behind my desk pondering how in the hell I managed to get there — and questioning whether I deserved the position of news director.
Thankfully, I had some great mentors to guide me as I developed confidence. Over the last decade, I’ve had some success, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes.
Here are 10 key things I’ve learned in 10 years as a news director:
1. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver
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