The Wall Street Journal is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial journalist to lead its global audio teams. From daily audio briefings to enterprise podcast series, you will serve as the senior news producer and champion of the newsroom's original and essential journalism across audio.
You will build on the department's award-winning journalistic achievements and performance while pursuing future projects and new opportunities. The audio team produces daily, weekly and serialized podcasts across all Wall Street Journal global coverage areas and is looking to grow our portfolio.
In this New York-based role, you will report to the Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and be a member of the newsroom senior leadership team. On a daily basis, you will set the editorial agenda with the audio department's leaders. You also will work collaboratively with commercial colleagues to fulfill our strategic growth objectives for audio across all platforms.
You should be a seasoned journalist who brings substantial audio expertise and a demonstrated ability to lead large teams to produce high-quality journalism while achieving audience and growth targets, as well as an experienced executive who can work collaboratively and appropriately with commercial colleagues.
As head of audio, you will:
- Manage a growing team of audio producers, digital journalists and hosts to produce daily, weekly and short-run news, analysis and feature podcasts.
- Work with the Executive Director of Audio/Video Strategy to develop and regularly evaluate audio content strategy across all Wall Street Journal platforms and formats.
- Set long-term coverage priorities in consultation with newsroom leaders.
- Oversee the creation of audio in accordance with the coverage plan on a daily basis in partnership with newsroom leaders, strategists and external partners (e.g. production companies and partners like Gimlet).
- Define how the Journal's mission and values are achieved through audio across coverage areas and beats.
- Regularly assess and improve the KPIs of audio content (journalistic quality, output, engagement, etc.) and develop strategic and innovative platform concepts.
- Guide Journal coverage chiefs and bureau chiefs on how to incorporate audio in their coverage, and guide platform editors on best practices for audio on their platforms.
- Work with the Chief Experience Officer and team to continuously improve the technology underlying the presentation of our audio content.
- Be responsible for and oversee all editorial production for audio across the Journal, including studios and operations in New York; Washington. D.C.; San Francisco; Singapore; London; and remotely.
- Serve as the key point person working with Dow Jones's Chief Business Officer for New Ventures and team to partner on setting audience targets and developing strategic growth initiatives.
As a newsroom leader, you will:
- Provide clear quality guidelines for the audio department, promoting and adhering to the high standards of the Journal.
- Inspire your team members to do their best work.
- Promote a clear, efficient and effective workflow for the team.
- Model and encourage effective coordination between the audio team and the rest of the newsroom
- 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.
- Under the direction of the Managing Editor: Manage the budgets of the various sections, and track and meet budget goals (traveling budgets, fees for external services, equipment, etc.).
- Champion a culture of diversity and inclusivity in staffing and editorial decision-making.
- Considerable experience planning, editing and developing audio content for global news organizations.
- Deep understanding of current business and markets trends, domestic and international news, pop culture, tech and politics.
- Deep understanding of the brand values and mission of The Wall Street Journal and how our audio journalism should be selected and presented in line with those values.
- Deep understanding of audience and subscriber structures, and how to use insight research and analytics to continually refine this understanding.
- An understanding of industry trends and direction, and modern and innovative journalism and storytelling techniques.
- A gift for leading and inspiring staff to come up with compelling and important audio ideas; possess excellent communications skills.
- The ability to successfully delegate, brief and give constructive feedback.
- Sound organizational abilities: setting agendas, managing projects, prioritizing from the standpoint of the Journal audience, maintaining a slate of future story ideas that fulfill and advance the audio team.
- Executive ability to partner with commercial colleagues, while preserving appropriate editorial independence.
- Innovative and creative thinker, leader and manager.
To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining how your skills, experience and interests align with the expectations of the role.
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.
Dow Jones , Making Careers Newsworthy
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 .
Dow Jones is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities, in our job application and/or interview process. If you need assistance or accommodation in completing your application, due to a disability, please reach out to us at TalentResourceTeam@dowjones.com. Please put "Reasonable Accommodation" in the subject line.
Business Area: NEWS/WSJ
Job Category: News and Editorial
Non-Union / No clear and likely Internal Candidate (Employee Only) has been identified
Req ID: 34577