WSJ seeks a visual editor

June 7, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a Visual Editor to direct the visual coverage of our daily and long-term stories. They will manage a team of graphics reporters to ensure that staff are pitching, creating and collaborating on high-quality visual journalism and visual-led stories for our digital platforms.

The ideal candidate will actively play a broader leadership role in the department: facilitating special projects, mentoring staff, and supporting the Director of Graphics as required. This senior position provides an exciting opportunity to work with an award-winning department to drive ambitious, innovative and analytical storytelling with graphics, interactives, and other storytelling experiments and formats.

This role will be based in our New York city office and will report to the Director of Graphics.

You will:

  • Prioritize, assign, and direct visual content on all platforms including mobile, desktop and social.
  • Manage a team of visual specialists, providing constructive feedback on projects and professional growth.
  • Work in close partnership with other visual, business news, strategy, product and engineering leadership.
  • Maintain a balance of long- and short-term projects with a mix of breaking news, enterprise, and ambitious visuals.
  • Coordinate closely with photo editors and video editors on multimedia stories.
  • Flexibility to allow staff to work on projects outside of their core sections, based on their skills and newsroom needs.
  • Keep stakeholders apprised of all projects by maintaining departmental project lists and attending relevant meetings to ensure all milestones and editorial requirements are met.
  • Create a portfolio of high-impact visual stories that are analytical, clear, and accurate.
  • Help direct and create new workflows and processes in a fast-paced, global, and networked newsroom.
  • Recommend and lead change where required to strengthen the team and the journalism.
  • Work closely with the Director on broader departmental and organizational projects.
  • Lead and inspire the department to perform at its very best.

You have:

  • At least five years of experience leading a team of visual and interactive journalists, or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent news judgment and an expansive understanding of contemporary design standards.
  • A creative vision and willingness to share and collaborate on new ideas.
  • Experience with people and performance management, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience managing change, creating new processes and workflows.
  • Prior experience in a newsroom, with excellent news, data and design judgment.
  • A good understanding and appreciation of business news.
  • Experience with data journalism and data visualization and associated tools, such as Excel, SQL, R and Python.
  • Good knowledge of web development including HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Good knowledge of building stories for mobile devices.
  • Excellent organizational skills using Google tools and Slack.
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Experience building consensus and motivating different personalities and teams.
  • The ability to work quickly and efficiently under tight deadlines.
  • The ability to train reporters and editors to learn new skills that will contribute to their visual storytelling.
  • The initiative to take on and learn new tasks in a fast-moving environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Applications should include a resume, cover letter and portfolio links.

The Journal’s reporters, editors, developers, and audio and visual journalists create important and impactful stories, firmly rooted in fact and adhering to the highest ethical standards. We report without fear or bias, and we maintain a proper sense of perspective, detachment and objectivity in our reporting.

To apply, go here.

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