Deputy Digital Platforms Editor

Dow Jones
NEW YORK, New York
Aug 09, 2019
News & Journalism
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

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Job Description:

The Wall Street Journal seeks a deputy editor to help oversee our digital platforms and the editors who curate them, to ensure that we inform, engage and delight our members 24/7.

This editor will work with the Digital Platforms Editor to set and enforce high standards for our online article pages, making sure in particular that they are optimized for our mobile audience, and also to manage our digital front pages, making sure they are fresh, insightful and showcase the breadth of what the Journal has to offer. This editor should have a passion for digital journalism and the desire to lead innovation in the newsroom.

The deputy editor will be expected to pitch and execute ideas to improve reader experience on our digital platforms. They will represent the team in news, product and planning meetings and make sure that our journalism is distributed seamlessly. This editor understands and accounts for the nuances between mobile and desktop and works to give readers the best possible experience across platforms.

We are looking for someone who will help the team work efficiently, decisively and quickly, while directing, supporting, coaching and empowering other editors.

This editor employs superb news judgment and knowledge of audience data in programming decisions. They should have sharp writing and strong editing skills, and understand how to balance the needs of breaking news and enterprise journalism with our members in mind.

This role requires speed and proficiency with digital publishing tools, and a strong command of newsroom workflows. The successful candidate will be an advocate for the needs of our native platforms with coverage chiefs and an evangelist for digital storytelling in the newsroom. This person will also help on product initiatives for digital platforms and editorial tools.

This editor will direct and supervise the day-to-day work of platform editors and ensure it is of the highest quality, utmost timeliness and high ethical standards.

Journalistic skills

  • Exercises superb judgment in packaging and presenting news, particularly on mobile.

  • Demonstrates excellence in editing and digital headline writing.

  • Employs strong design and visual judgment to enhance digital storytelling packages.

  • Understands how to balance breaking news with enterprise and features journalism.

  • Recognizes the Journal’s core digital audience and its needs and expectations.

  • Helps connect the content with the audience.

  • Familiar with the Journal’s brand, content offering and various digital/print platforms.

  • Upholds The Wall Street Journal’s high standards and ethics.

Digital media skills

  • Identifies opportunities to improve our platforms and works collaboratively to affect change.

  • Shapes informative and engaging packages on digital home pages and within articles.

  • Uses audience data to inform curation and strategy decisions, adjusting as needed.

  • Understands the value of search-engine optimization, notably headlines and tags.

  • Possesses deep knowledge of digital and social-media strategies and publishing tools.

  • Command of newsroom publishing tools, metadata and visual storytelling devices.

  • Ability and willingness to assist in troubleshooting digital publishing issues.

Management skills

  • Drives decisions related to news distribution, play and packaging.

  • Directs, supports, coaches and empowers colleagues.

  • Sees opportunities and pain points and works to address them.

  • Fosters development of individual team members by seeking out growth opportunities.

  • Serves as a major voice in product initiatives for digital platforms and editorial tools.

  • Sets team schedules, manages workflow and participates in performance reviews.

  • Ensures team members receive appropriate training and support to do their work.

  • Communicates changes to workflow, tools and best practices on an ongoing basis.

  • Participates in recruiting and evaluating candidates during the hiring process.

  • Participates in decision-making regarding disciplinary action and compensation.

Personal attributes

  • Detail-oriented. Takes pride in and ownership of one’s work.

  • Builds consensus and trust with other stakeholders in the organization.

  • Works well independently and as a leader on a larger team.

  • Thrives in an atmosphere of constant change and embraces experimentation.

  • Comfortable balancing multiple tasks and responsibilities while meeting deadlines.

  • Collaborates with other groups and employs excellent communication skills.

  • Open-minded. Welcomes learning new skills and opportunities to teach others.

  • General awareness of how our newsroom works and others’ roles and responsibilities.

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Business Area: NEWS/WSJ

Job Category: News/Editorial Group

About Us

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 38 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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