We're the Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), the company behind the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com. Our fast-changing newsroom is committed to telling great stories and deepening our connection with the communities we serve. We’re owned by the non-profit Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and we’re at the very center of the mission to create a lasting future for ambitious local journalism.
In collaboration with the Managing Editor of Audience and Innovation this position will help lead a small, multi-disciplinary team of journalists and developers dedicated to storytelling experimentation both on and off-platform. If we’re all doing our job right the team will captivate readers and inspire the newsroom by telling great stories and showcasing the power of creative and thoughtful digital storytelling.
About the team: The Innovation Desk will tell its own stories, top to bottom, as well as work with other desks in the newsroom to shape coverage. You’ll lead news developers, but also reporters and visual journalists. So, we’re looking for an editor who excels first and foremost at storytelling, and who thrills at the opportunity to have a hand in all aspects of a story: from the text, to interactives, to visuals, to the narrative approach.
We’re looking as well for an editor who can be a key voice in shaping coverage that extends beyond a single story. So, a typical month could include working with our Food and Visuals teams to improve story forms for food coverage; workshopping off-platform video commentary strategies with our columnists; making our datasets more useful for readers; helping the look and feel of Philadelphia come alive in our real estate and urbanism coverage — as well as editing and leading production of the News Lab’s own stories. The Innovation Desk will also develop storytelling tools and evangelize for their use throughout the newsroom. We’ll be looking to the desk to thoroughly explore the storytelling possibilities of our new Washington Post Arc CMS, and to work with Product to create new features as needed. Producing big longform stories for a digital audience is a part of the team’s portfolio, but a small part. Readers deserve great storytelling every day, and we’re looking for an Innovation Desk that will be available for the daily mix, identifying opportunities for better storytelling when they appear.
About you: You have a solid grasp of narrative, audience interests, visuals, user experience and analytics. You are passionate about the latest journalism trends, but you balance that with a thoughtful approach to measured experimentation. You’re a strong project manager and are action-oriented. Prior newsroom experience as a reporter or story editor is a plus, but not a requirement.
Qualified candidates for this position could have any number of titles on their resume: audience, product, engineering and interactive design experience would all be helpful. The ideal candidate will have experience in several newsroom fields. To start, your team will include a senior developer, 2 front-end news developers, 1-2 reporters and a photographer.
A minimum of five years of editorial experience.
Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
A passion and talent for digital storytelling, in the broadest sense of the phrase. You’ll need a strong narrative sensibility, the creativity to come up with novel new approaches, and the judgement to recognize when less is more.
Sufficient technical grounding to capably manage developers.
A solid handle on UX and digital design.
A deep understanding of digital journalism and developments in digital storytelling.
A deep understanding of analytics and how to use them to inform and learn from your work.
Strong communication skills and a record of effective cross-team collaboration.
Project management experience.
A typical month would involve:
In coordination with other senior editors, identify personnel and coverage areas for focused storytelling experimentation.
In coordination with other senior editors, manage and prioritize Innovation Desk projects and the production of major stories.
Develop replicable storytelling tools and techniques that can be used to enhance our daily and weekly work.
Run robust QA checks on all work; ensure the Innovation Desk is following UX best practices.
Share successful storytelling experiments with the broader newsroom, create a structure that enables other desks to replicate those experiments.
Stay up-to-date on developments in digital storytelling, and test out promising new approaches in the newsroom.
Align priorities and projects with the Visuals, Digital and Product teams.
Explore and showcase the full storytelling capabilities of the Washington Post Arc CMS.
Working with the Senior Developer, manage the team
We realize that you may not meet every requirement, and you may have skills we haven’t even thought of. If you believe you can do the job and are a good match, we encourage you to apply.
About Philadelphia Media Network
Philadelphia Media Network, Inc. (PMN) is the region's largest media network and parent company of the region's number one destination website for anything and everything Philly, philly.com. PMN publishes the region's largest newspaper network – that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News -- and is focused on integrating its brand platforms with the goal of serving as a technological leader and innovator in the digital future. The Philadelphia Media Network reaches an average weekly audience of 1.8 million adults - more than the combination of the three evening television news shows or the combination of those radio stations ranked in the top ten during drive-time programming.
Philadelphia Media Network is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.