WSJ seeks an audio editor

May 22, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a passionate and detail-oriented audio editor to join The Journal podcast, our flagship daily podcast.

The Show

The Journal is a daily narrative, award winning news podcast made in partnership between The Wall Street Journal and Spotify. Each day, we tell one important news story in 15-20 minutes. Our show focuses on money and business, applying those lenses to general news or zooming in on business stories that other outlets do not tell. We have covered everything from Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter to the battle over the Taco Tuesday trademark, the wars in Ukraine and Gaza to the UAW’s strike against the automakers. The Journal publishes several series each year that probe everything from Facebook and OpenAI to a deep-dives into the Marvel cinematic universe, the new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and the trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

The Role.

This editor will be one of several editors on The Journal. The editor will help producers and hosts shape an episode from the idea-phase through final mix-notes. This person should be experienced in narrative storytelling, enthusiastic about working on tight deadlines, passionate about business news, and excited about providing consistent and holistic feedback. While this role is set for normal work hours, it also requires flexibility and openness to weekend and after-hours work.

You will:

  • Work with producers and hosts to prep for interviews.
  • Listen to drafts for what is working in each story and what needs to be added, restructured or reimagined, keeping an eye on journalistic standards as well as narrative momentum.
  • Write collaboratively with producers, reporters and hosts to get scripts from draft to final language.
  • Manage the daily deadlines needed to get each episode over the finish line.
  • Ensure that episodes meet the editorial standards of The Wall Street Journal.
  • Contribute regularly to morning pitch meetings, both by pitching your own ideas and by helping strengthen others’ ideas.
  • Work closely with the Supervising Producer to make sure stories are getting the editorial resources they need.
  • Build and maintain relationships around the newsroom to coordinate coverage and identify newsroom projects that are in the works.

You have:

  • A minimum of 7+ years of journalism or documentary experience; audio experience is a major plus.
  • Editing experience is preferred, but not required; we’ll consider applicants who may have developed editing chops in other roles, including producers and reporters.
  • Enthusiasm for news and curiosity about the forces shaping it.
  • Comfort and proficiency in structuring and editing narrative pieces.
  • Experience managing, mentoring, and helping others develop in their careers.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • An ability to jump between topics and contribute meaningful guidance, no matter the context.
  • A strong vision for what makes exceptional, ambitious stories sing.
  • A background in business and financial news is a major plus.

This is a full-time role based in New York, or Washington, DC, and will report to the Senior Editor of The Journal podcast.

All interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter clearly outlining how their skills and experience meet or exceed the requirements below, along with links to past work that represents the skills described. Only candidates who submit cover letters will be considered for this role.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining how you would approach the job and examples of your work.

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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