Writing & Editing Chief

Job Description:

The Writing & Editing Chief is the newsroom's 'voice of conscience' when it comes to the quality of the Journal's writing. He or she recognizes good writing, knows how to make weak writing better and coaches others to do the same. The Writing & Editing Chief identifies weaknesses and tackles them with broad and focused training. He or she sets copy editing standards, organizes the team of editors, assigns them to copy edit in coverage areas where they can help improve the result, and works with journalists to make them better writers.

Tasks/Responsibilities

Content

  • Define, share and enforce quality standards for writing.
  • Review published work and provide feedback on the work -- quality of text, coherence of packaging -- to Coverage Chiefs, bureau chiefs and reporters. Create and drive measures for improvement in each coverage area.
  • Review published work and provide feedback to the copy editors about their editing, so as to further growth and improvement.
  • Oversee the editors who copy edit story packages, planning their shifts and assigning daily management of their work to coverage areas based on topic expertise and knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the coverage area. Manage staff allocation to coverage areas according to workload.
  • In collaboration with the newsroom Operations team: Develop training and coaching programs (self-directed, small-group, one-on-one and/or large-group) targeted at reporters, editors at different levels and visual journalists, to improve the quality of our written journalism.
  • Manage the Journal's styleguide, including updates to it and staff understanding of the contents.
  • Establish KPIs for story package quality and track our performance against them.

Leadership

  • Lead and manage a team of editors and storytelling specialists
  • 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.
  • Manage, motivate and develop staff to consistently produce high-quality work.
  • Set clear objectives for direct reports, cascading effectively down.
  • Set agenda and make and articulate clear decisions.
  • Set standards for individual and team performance – ongoing and in regular performance reviews.
  • Contribute to the shaping and management of staff development programs.
  • Identify high-potential members of the team and ensure they are effectively developed.

Key Attributes/Knowledge/Experience

  • Deep knowledge of the English language and deep feel for for concision, precision, rhythm and word choice.
  • Deep and also broad understanding of the mechanics and the art of journalistic writing and editing.
  • Journalistic background and deep understanding and experience in digital journalism and publishing
  • Deep understanding of the brand values and mission of The Wall Street Journal 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.
  • Understanding of modern and innovative journalism and storytelling techniques on digital platforms.
  • Able to 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, planning and managing teams
  • Innovative and creative thinker, leader and manager.

Position in hierarchy / reporting lines

  • Reports to: Global News Editor
  • Direct reports: Editing Team

Additional major internal working relationships

  • Very closely working with Editor in Chief; Executive Editor, Editor, Ethics & Standards; Chief Audio/Video Editor; Chief Visual Editor; Coverage Chiefs
  • LI-JA1-WSJ

Company Overview:

The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 36 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones, a division of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

Equal Opportunity Employer:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Vets

Requisition ID 2017-30080

Job Locations USA-NY-NEW YORK

Job Function News/Editorial

Business Area NEWS/WSJ

Job Area1 News

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