WSJ seeks a new audiences editor
The Wall Street Journal seeks a New York-based editor to lead a small team and coordinate with newsroom leaders on new initiatives focused on new audiences.
The New Audiences Editor should have experience creating new content initiatives and new products and should also be a strong writer. Knowledge of the Journal and the breadth of its coverage is important. And the editor should be excited about audience research as well as open to collaboration with many stakeholders in this new initiative, including other senior editors, the product department and the membership part of the company.
This editor will be an important voice in figuring out steps for the Journal as it seeks to become more relevant to women and diverse groups, and as we seek for more of our coverage to be more known by these groups. The exact features this will result in are not decided and will be determined in collaboration with the New Audiences Editor.
The New Audiences Editor sits within the Journal’s strategy department, which is an incubator for new technologies, audience growth, community and news innovation. The department includes the full range of journalistic talent that makes the Journal one of the leading news organizations in the world — writers, video journalists, graphics designers, editors, product managers, engineers, designers, data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and more — in a lively, collaborative project to discover new offerings of journalistic value. The New Audiences editor will be a close collaborator with other leaders in the strategy department, including a young audiences editor and chiefs of research & development, membership, data, agenda and innovation.
The New Audiences Editor will be managing a designer and an engineer, which gives the team the opportunity to create new features and prototypes quickly without waiting in line for technology resources. The editor should be excited to experiment quickly, find what succeeds and fails, and move forward.
The editor must be seasoned in all the traditions of good journalism and have a solid writing track record. The right candidate should also have some form of entrepreneurial experience and a comfort with audience data and working with technical and product considerations. The position requires proficiency with digital publishing tools, as well as good knowledge of the markers of quality in various mediums beyond text.
- At least 5 years experience writing, editing and curating content for a high-profile publisher
- Someone with a lens on women: What are they obsessed with right now? And how do they find their content?
- Clips of professional work requested.
- A background in writing as well as good knowledge of video, graphics, audio and other mediums is important.
- Experience managing or collaborating with engineers, product and design in a meaningful fashion is helpful.
- Thoughts on events and community building are welcome in the application process.
To apply, go here.