Senior Publishing Editor

Dow Jones
NEW YORK, New York
Sep 04, 2019
News & Journalism
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

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Job Description:

The Wall Street Journal is seeking skilled, highly creative editors for its fast-paced Publishing Desk in New York. These accomplished journalists are invigorated by the demands of the current news cycle and the importance of delivering top-quality stories and visuals to readers.

Senior publishing editors meet and maintain WSJ’s high standards through precise and concise editing, sharp and informative headlines and distinctive presentation, while taking on additional responsibilities to independently and quickly make decisions about breaking news, manage strategy on the top news of the day and oversee the work of colleagues.

These editors must understand the demands of a 24-hour news cycle and be comfortable with making high-level news decisions. These editors have excellent communication skills and are able to move decisively and support colleagues in their work by giving clear direction. The role also requires a strong appreciation of the needs of our various publishing platforms and the wherewithal to communicate with those overseers.

Successful candidates must have exceptional news judgment and the ability to sharply edit and elevate stories of all types with speed and depth under deadline pressure. In addition to breaking news, these editors will work on lively, in-depth feature stories and graphics on a variety of core subjects valued by our readers. A deep interest in all areas of news, in particular national, political, world and business, is desired.

Editors on the publishing desk are versatile and possess the temperament to handle multiple articles and responsibilities across platforms in an efficient manner. The ability to collaborate with reporters and editors around the world is essential. Shifts include weekend work.

Experience in digital journalism and publishing is preferred as well as an appreciation of modern and innovative storytelling techniques. A desire to perform in the highest professional manner is encouraged. The ability to learn quickly and execute new skills is paramount.

Journalistic skills

  • Exercises exceptional news judgment in editing and fast-paced publishing.

  • Demonstrates the ability to quickly and sharply edit for grammar, style, sense, jargon, accuracy, structure, balance and fairness.

  • Proficient in numeracy and draws on a variety of general knowledge, confident in analyzing the data behind a story.

  • Upholds Dow Jones standards and ethics in own work and that of others.

  • Understands WSJ’s brand, content and various digital and print platforms.

  • Thoroughly understands the core WSJ’s audiences, and their needs and expectations.

  • Helps connect the content with the audience.

Media skills

  • Skill with editing different types of media, e.g., text, graphics, social-media descriptions and photo captions.

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

  • Creates publishable story packages/article pages, including adding related links, visuals and other digital elements, that meet WSJ requirements.

  • Assesses the digital performance of stories and make adjustments as needed.

  • Deep knowledge of digital and social-media strategy and tools.

  • Command of newsroom editorial tools, metadata and internal coding for WSJ and DJ Newswires.

Management skills

  • Assigns or oversees other editors’ work. May manage workflow or participate in performance reviews.

  • Assists in coaching individual editors, identifies training opportunities and participates in training presentations as needed.

  • Makes coverage decisions when needed and organizes colleagues to execute plans.

  • Leads by example and works well across teams.

  • Aids in building collective skills across the editing team.

  • Proactive rather than reactive.

  • Communicates precisely, with compassion.

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

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

Personal attributes

  • Takes pride in and ownership of his or her own work.

  • Prioritizes tasks and time while handling multiple responsibilities.

  • Meets deadlines.

  • Understands workflow beyond his or her own needs.

  • Flexible in changing/handing off tasks.

  • General awareness of how a newsroom works.

  • Functions well within a team.

  • Wants to learn new skills.

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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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Req ID: 18193

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