WSJ’s opinion section seeks a digital editor
The Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Section seeks a talented journalist with strong digital, social media and data analytics skills for a new position optimizing content for mobile, web, search and social from one of the Journal’s top-performing and most valuable sections.
This hybrid editorial and strategy position reports to the Digital Platforms and Audience Development Editor and will play a key role in reaching the WSJ Opinion section’s existing and growing audience by ensuring the effective use of digital platforms as a way to deliver our commentary to a global audience – from columns and op-eds to book and art reviews, podcasts, videos and more.
You will introduce our content to new audiences and lay the foundation for our digital future.We expect this person to contribute meaningfully and realistically to discussions about digital and multimedia growth opportunities for Opinion content.
You’ll be responsible for optimizing content on a day-to-day, article-by-article basis for mobile, web, search and social. This includes writing digital headlines and social language and educating writers and editors on best practices. You’ll also manage social media accounts,track performance of content across all key digital platforms, identify content packaging and promotion opportunities and direct the activity of staff members participating in these projects.
The Digital Editor will be accountable for building and managing the Opinion section’s following on current and emerging social platforms, tracking emerging trends and thinking of ways for our section to capitalize on them, responding to events with our analysis in a timely manner, and developing innovative approaches to political and cultural discourse and commentary across digital platforms, from owned media and social platforms to newsletters and mobile alerts.
The ideal candidate:
- Is a college graduate with least 4+ years’ newsroom/editorial experience, preferably with an emphasis on political and economic content.
- Has a familiarity with, understanding and respect for the values, voice, philosophy and principles of the Wall Street Journal Opinion section and its role in the current media landscape.
- Has the highest standards for journalism ethics and media literacy.
- Has experience managing publishers’ social media accounts and believes in the value of social media engagement.
- Is flexible to do weekend/evening work as required.
- Has the communication skills and confidence to speak up and defend their decisions and the self-awareness to do so professionally.
Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter that addresses each of the below points:
- Choose one recent Opinion piece (choose from all Opinion content, including but not limited to editorials, op-eds, columns, letters to the editor, book reviews, art/film/television reviews, etc.) and send a suggested headline, subhed, Tweet and Facebook post. Feel free to include additional ideas for related multimedia assets or promotion for other social networks.
- What are some things the Opinion section should stop, start, and continue doing?
- If you could re-imagine how we approach digital content, what form would our various content types (e.g. editorials, reviews, columns) take?
- What role do you believe the WSJ’s Opinion section plays in the broader media landscape today? How would you help us increase in prominence and relevance?
To apply, go here.