The Wall Street Journal is looking for a writer/editor to put news in context for new audiences via our What’s News newsletter and other new initiatives targeting young audiences. The goal is to leave readers smarter and smiling—and more likely to join as a WSJ member.
We’re looking for a news junkie, voracious reader and conversational writer who’s eager to develop a distinctive voice to surprise and delight the hundreds of thousands of daily readers of the What’s News briefing.
What’s News is one of the Journal’s strongest brands and biggest opportunities for innovation in the digital space. It’s a feature that started in print and has expanded across platforms as a quick way to tell readers what they need to know now. The opportunity is to also explain why they need to know it, and how it impacts their lives, in briefings on our web site and other platforms. Daily newsletters are a way to introduce non-subscribers to WSJ through a more conversational, contextual approach. What’s News will spotlight WSJ’s breadth of coverage and share stories readers might not expect from us including, life & arts coverage, evergreen service-oriented stories, and other new offerings in the works.
This role requires superb news judgment, a command of the Journal’s core coverage priorities and a knack for finding ways to tell stories in an engaging way in email and on other platforms. You should be passionate about contextualizing the news, have a curiosity for audience data and enthusiasm for constant experimentation. You should be highly collaborative and excited about partnering with colleagues who work in audio and other areas.
The position will be based in our New York City office, working afternoon and evening hours Sunday through Thursday. You will sit within the Young Audiences team and work closely with the senior newsletter editor and coverage chiefs to develop an engaging daily mix of news and features, drawing from multiple WSJ platforms.
Applicants should include a resume, brief memo on how you would approach the newsletter and up to five published clips.
Write and curate a 5-day-a-week newsletter
Create a unique and habit-forming experience with compelling stories, standing features and elements of audience interaction
Work with the senior newsletter editor and other newsroom stakeholders to execute a clear strategy for the newsletter that is informed by news judgment, audience insights and analytics
Work on other news curation projects in new story formats
Work closely with the audience, strategy and off-platform teams to build an audience and find opportunities to bring our journalism to new readers via email and other platforms
Superb news judgment; a strong journalistic foundation as a reporter or editor
A demonstrated record of success in growing and engaging audiences via email
Demonstrates a command of editing and digital headline writing, especially for inboxes.
An appreciation for The Wall Street Journal brand, its core coverage areas and its high standards and ethics
The ability to move projects forward in a collaborative team environment
A passion for experimentation and a facility for data
Strong communication and presentation skills
Thrives in an atmosphere of change
Comfortable balancing multiple tasks and responsibilities while meeting deadlines
Open-minded. Welcomes learning new skills and opportunities to teach others
Internal Number: 19301
About The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. The 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.