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WSJ seeks news planning editor

July 13, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

Wall Street JournalThe News Planning Editor sets The Wall Street Journal’s news agenda for content 48 hours to 12 months ahead. He or she communicates that to the Chief News Editor at the appropriate time.

He or she works closely with the Editor in Chief and Executive Editor to drive the thematic coverage priorities for the year across the newsroom.


For content that is known at least 48 hours in advance of publication

  • With Editor in Chief/Executive Editor: Identify, evaluate and select themes and topics for the WSJ brand. Develop the editorial strategy.
  • With Editor in Chief/Executive Editor: Execute the medium- and long-term journalism strategy for The Wall Street Journal on all platforms. Uphold WSJ values and mission as well as audience-centric quality standards on all platforms.
  • With Coverage Chiefs: Define coming news events and opportunities for advance plans, and ensure that each coverage team is properly planning and executing them.
  • Develop and design content projects/coverage series/”campaigns”/initiatives.
  • With Editor in Chief/Executive Editor/Coverage Chiefs: Plan for and carry out the WSJ’s entries for journalistic competitions.


  • Create and oversee planning standards, frameworks and tools for the WSJ coverage areas and visual units in the multi-platform newsroom.
  • Coach coverage chiefs and visual units on creative coverage planning, multimedia and multiplatform topic preparation and innovative storytelling. Monitor progress.
  • Set up the process and ensure continuing communication and coordination among all parties.
  • Constantly coordinate ideas, developments, plans throughout the day with the Chief News Editor
  • Create the consolidated 12-month plan and agreements on six-month, monthly and weekly plans with the coverage areas.
  • Set priorities and help allocate resources among coverage areas, visual units and platform editors.
  • Plan special sections and special reports tied to news events and opportunities, as distinguished from the regular calendar of Special Reports.

Commercial and other areas

In ways that at all times uphold the newsroom’s ethical guidelines and that have been deemed appropriate in consultation with the Editor for Standards & Ethics:

  • Liase with Dow Jones sales and marketing teams well in advance of coming projects.
  • Work with the Dow Jones marketing team on promoting content projects/coverage series/”campaigns”/initiatives.
  • Work with the live journalism/conference team on event programming


  • Inspire our journalists to produce their best work on all platforms.
  • Contribute by attitude, example and encouragement to a culture of creativity, enthusiasm, motivation, ownership and professionalism.
  • Motivate the staff to consistently produce high-quality work.
  • Set standards for individual and team performance – ongoing and in regular performance reviews.
  • Contribute to the shaping and management of staff-development programs.

Key Attributes/Knowledge/Experience

  • Deep understanding of the brand values and mission of The Wall Street Journal — digital and print — and how our journalism should be selected and presented in line with those values.
  • Deep understanding of the audience and membership structure, and how to use insight research and analytics to continually refine this understanding.
  • Equally at home in digital media environments and print, with a track record of editing in both. Solid grasp of video as a content format.
  • Know how to select and present the best, most relevant journalism in all formats. Understand modern and innovative journalism and storytelling techniques.
  • Lead and inspire our journalism team to come up with ideas; excellent communications skills. Know how to delegate, brief and give constructive feedback
  • Sound organizational abilities: setting agendas, managing projects, forward planning for the coming days.
  • Innovative and creative thinker, leader and manager.

To apply, go here.

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