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Dow Jones Senior Publishing Editor in LONDON, United Kingdom

Job Description:

The Wall Street Journal is seeking a skilled, highly creative editor for its fast-paced Publishing Desk. This London-based journalist will focus on the demands of the current news cycle and the importance of delivering top-quality stories and visuals to readers.

Senior publishing editors meet and maintain WSJ’s high standards through precise and concise editing, sharp and informative headlines and distinctive presentation, while taking on additional responsibilities to independently and quickly make decisions about breaking news, manage strategy on the top news of the day and oversee the work of colleagues.

These editors must understand the demands of a 24-hour news cycle and be comfortable with making high-level news decisions. These editors have excellent communication skills and are able to move decisively and support colleagues in their work by giving clear direction. The role also requires a strong appreciation of the needs of our various publishing platforms and the wherewithal to communicate with those overseers.

The successful candidate must have exceptional news judgment and the ability to sharply edit and elevate stories of all types with speed and depth under deadline pressure. In addition to breaking news, the editors will work on in-depth feature stories and graphics on a variety of core subjects .

Editors on the publishing desk are versatile and possess the temperament to handle multiple articles and responsibilities across platforms in an efficient manner. The ability to collaborate with reporters and editors around the world is essential. Shifts can include weekend work.

Experience in digital journalism and publishing is preferred as well as an appreciation of modern and innovative storytelling techniques. A desire to perform in the highest professional manner is encouraged. The ability to learn quickly and execute new skills is paramount.

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.

  • A clear and likely internal candidate has been identified.

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Business Area: NEWS/WSJ

Job Category: News/Editorial Group

About Us

Dow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations around the world across multiple formats, including print, digital, mobile and live events. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for more than 125 years and today has one of the world’s largest news gathering operations globally. It produces leading publications and products including the flagship Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation; Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Financial News, DJX, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones VentureSource.Dow Jones is a division of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

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Req ID: 16847