Senior Opinion Video Producer
- Full Time
The Wall Street Journal is seeking a senior producer to lead the new vision and strategy for video from the Opinion section. This person reports to and partners with the Opinion Digital Editor to help translate opinion content and concepts to video, and will work closely with the WSJ News Video team on execution of these projects. We’re looking for a high-energy, collaborative team player who will pitch and shape segment ideas that reflect the perspectives of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and a broad set of opinion contributors.
You will take Opinion concepts and arguments, including those presented in editorials, columns, and op-eds, among others, and creatively conceptualize and produce them as high-quality, compelling videos for a highly engaged, intelligent audience. We also expect in time that the Sr. Producer will develop new and innovative format and content ideas that will extend the brand’s video offering and attract a new and broader audience. As such, the ideal candidate will be eager to explore and experiment with new formats, video trends and voices, and will be comfortable reacting to viewer feedback and data to produce content that resonates with current and new audiences. You will be a strong and collaborative communicator, and have an ability to see projects with multiple stakeholders and participants through to completion.
This role will be a key leader on a small team. As such, we’re looking for a hands-on video professional who not only works to develop ideas and concepts and hone video strategy, but is capable of, and enthusiastic about, getting their hands dirty by leading production, executing on set and occasionally jumping in on edits.
What the job will entail:
- Identifying and helping create smart video commentary in line with the philosophy and values of the WSJ’s Opinion section.
- Delivering intelligent perspectives and arguments in a conversational tone, working hand-in-hand with writers and editors to help translate traditional written-word journalism into engaging videos.
- Staying abreast of trending topics in the news, recognizing opportunities when our commentary would add value to them, and putting the wheels in motion to quickly and efficiently deliver a finished product to be published and shared across news and social platforms.
- Establishing and maintaining lines of communication with writers and editors around upcoming content (skeds), identifying stories that could be translated to or accompanied by video, and directing the work of others to complete these projects in a timely manner.
- Thinking creatively about how to use video to create original works of commentary, untethered to existing Opinion content types, planning out and proposing these ideas to the Digital Editor and Editor, Editorial Page, and seeing these new and original projects through to completion.
- Managing a producer/editor dedicated to quickly and capably producing high-quality videos in a variety of formats.
Strong candidates will have the following qualities and experience:
- Demonstrated track record of creating engaging opinion-focused content that goes beyond talking-head format, utilizing full range of graphics, animation and production techniques.
- Have worked with professional journalists in the past and have the ability and confidence to work closely with writers, editors and contributors to develop their on-camera presentation skills.
- Experience working with and coaching well-known talent, and can constructively critique their work.
- Thorough knowledge of current events, U.S. politics, geopolitics, economics, foreign policy, history. Up to date on periodicals, including the work of Opinion/Editorial sections, at multiple publications.
- Exceptional editorial skills: Ability to recognize stories with high potential and translating them into provocative, compelling television, without compromising or altering integrity or tone/voice.
- Audio/podcast production experience a plus.
- Familiarity with newsroom data tools and how to use data to drive editorial decision-making a plus.
- At least seven years’ experience working for a credible, general-interest or political news organization.
- Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Political Science, History or related field, or equivalent professional experience.
- Thorough and conversational understanding of what works on different video platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat
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Business Area: EDITORIAL
Job Category: News/Editorial Group
The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 36 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones, a division of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).
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