WSJ seeks an East Coast bureau chief

August 5, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking an ambitious and enterprising editor to serve as U.S. News East Coast Bureau Chief. This job is at the heart of our national news coverage, and involves managing a team of veteran regional correspondents from New England to Miami.

This position reports to the U.S. News Editor, and is one of three editors responsible for leading thematic coverage of national affairs issues across the country. It represents a special opportunity to be part of an expanding national news operation at the WSJ that also involves specialist teams covering law, education and real estate.

Candidates should be experienced editors comfortable juggling such breaking news events as hurricanes, big crime stories and state and city politics with deeper enterprise reporting on the broader issues animating Americans, such as religion, race, immigration and demographic change.

You will:

  • Lead big breaking news coverage, working with colleagues around the newsroom to dominate stories and distinguish the WSJ from the competition
  • Deliver ambitious enterprise stories that help the WSJ set an agenda on the leading national issues of the day.
  • Help reporters sharpen, elevate and execute their most important ideas.
  • Encourage creative forms of engaging storytelling as well as data-driven story formats.
  • Develop innovative ideas to drive coverage off the news while also pursuing dispatches and other stories of interest.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to engage the broadest possible reader audiences as part of a fast-moving, 24-hour global newsroom.
  • Help us meet internal newsroom performance KPIs on traffic and engagement.
  • Manage reporters in the field in a humane and thoughtful fashion that prioritizes their long-term success.

You have:

  • A track record of running teams of reporters and producing scoops and enterprise ahead of the competition.
  • A demonstrated ability to tackle ambitious projects and find original approaches to coverage
  • An aptitude for managing reporters remotely, often through difficult circumstances when the reporters are in stressful situations in the field
  • Preferably, at least five years of editing experience, including at least some experience with mass shootings and natural disasters.

The position will be based on the East Coast and will report to U.S. News Editor Miguel Bustillo and Deputy U.S. News Editor Ashby Jones.

To apply, please submit your resume, a letter outlining how you would approach the job, and examples of the best work you have done as an editor.

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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