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WSJ seeks senior publishing editor for nights

July 1, 2018

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a skilled, highly creative editor to direct the fast-paced news publishing desk in New York in the evening. This accomplished journalist is invigorated by the demands of the current news cycle and the importance of delivering top-quality stories and visuals to readers.

The successful candidate must be comfortable with making fast, independent decisions while leading a small team of publishing editors. The evening editor moves decisively and supports colleagues in their work by giving clear direction and can evaluate staff progress. The role also requires a strong appreciation of the needs of our publishing platforms and the wherewithal to communicate with those overseers.

Exceptional news judgment is necessary, along with the ability to sharply rewrite, edit and elevate stories of all types with speed and depth under deadline pressure for a digital audience. In addition to breaking and top news of the day, the editor will have the opportunity to work on lively, in-depth feature stories and graphics on a variety of core subjects valued by our readers. A deep interest in all areas of news is desired.

Editors on the publishing desk are versatile and possess the temperament to handle multiple articles and responsibilities across platforms in an efficient manner. Experience in digital journalism and publishing, plus an appreciation of modern and innovative storytelling techniques, is preferred. A desire to learn new skills is encouraged.

Journalistic skills

Exercises exceptional news judgment in editing and fast-paced publishing.

Demonstrates the ability to quickly and sharply edit for grammar, style, sense, jargon, accuracy, structure, balance and fairness.

Proficient in numeracy and draws on a variety of general knowledge, confident in analyzing the data behind a story.

Upholds Dow Jones standards and ethics in own work and that of others.

Understands WSJ’s brand, content and various digital and print platforms.

Thoroughly understands the core WSJ’s audiences, and their needs and expectations.

Helps connect the content with the audience.

Media skills

Skill with editing different types of media, e.g., text, graphics, social-media descriptions and photo captions.

Understands the value of on-page and search-engine optimization, notably headlines and tags.

Creates publishable story packages/article pages, including adding related links, visuals and other digital elements, that meet WSJ requirements.

Assesses the digital performance of stories and make adjustments as needed.

Deep knowledge of digital and social-media strategy and tools.

Command of newsroom editorial tools, metadata and internal coding for WSJ and DJ Newswires.

Management skills

Assigns or oversees other editors’ work. May manage workflow or participate in performance reviews.

Assists in coaching individual editors, identifies training opportunities and participates in training presentations as needed.

Makes coverage decisions when needed and organizes colleagues to execute plans.

Leads by example and works well across teams.

Aids in building collective skills across the editing team.

Proactive rather than reactive.

Communicates precisely, with compassion.

Participates in recruiting and evaluating candidates during the hiring process.

Participates in decision-making regarding disciplinary action and compensation.

Personal attributes

Takes pride in and ownership of his or her own work.

Prioritizes tasks and time while handling multiple responsibilities.

Meets deadlines.

Understands workflow beyond his or her own needs.

Flexible in changing/handing off tasks.

General awareness of how a newsroom works.

Functions well within a team.

Wants to learn new skills.

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