Dow Jones Managing Editor in NEW YORK, New York

Job Description:

The Managing Editor and his or her team oversee finance, personnel, career development, training, project management, organizational development, infrastructure, security, contingency planning and risk-management in the newsroom. The Managing Editor is the primary point of contact for our commercial colleagues in all matters outside journalistic initiatives and is the key adviser to the Editor in Chief on operational and managerial issues.

Tasks/Responsibilities (team)

Corporate Contact

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for non-editorial relationships and interactions with Dow Jones’s corporate departments.


  • Responsible for recruitment, hiring and compensation planning for our journalists.

  • Create, manage and deliver global training in journalism, media technology, management skills and personal development.

  • Create, manage and deliver opportunities to build specific skillsets in external training programs and conferences.

  • Ensure managers are well trained and adhere to all of our people policies.

  • Ensure transparency and diversity in recruitment, hiring and promotion, and strategize ways to encourage them. Track KPIs and update senior editors on progress.

  • Coach and support individuals in the newsroom staff on career development. Create opportunities for stretch assignments and help our journalists chart their way forward in their careers.

  • Build and maintain a strong pipeline for external talent, including establishing strong relationships with colleges and universities and a robust internship program and networking at conferences and industry events.

  • Participate in finding solutions for global-mobility problems.

  • Create and drive programs identifying high-potential staffers and ensure career-development activities to maximize the internal promotion of best candidates.

  • Support the newsroom through the annual performance-review process, creating tools and best practices and educating newsroom leadership about their application.

  • Work with the Editor in Chief and Executive Editor on strategic deployment of people and departments across the organization.


  • Set and enforce spending standards.

  • Drive and manage the annual budget process, supporting the Editor in Chief.

  • Lead newsroom cost-management programs.

  • Manage the size of the newsroom staff and compensation budget on a weekly basis.

  • Lead the compensation-planning process and allocation of merit raises.

  • Manage vendors, contracts, third parties working with sourcing department.

  • Manage flow of contract workers against budget, legal limits, team needs.

  • Manage contracts with news and wire agencies (text, photos).

Infrastructure & Logistics

  • Manage capital spending flow and the requisition of personal technology and telecom equipment.

  • Manage newsroom requirements in real-estate projects with GREF team, oversee planning and implementation.

  • Manage fundamental newsroom-infrastructure needs (e.g. security, technology, communication infrastructure, etc.).

  • Support newsroom leadership with a universal schedule-shift-planning management tool.

Organizational Development / Project Management

  • Support newsroom leadership and other members of the Managing Editor’s office with project-management resources and coaching.

  • Create, together with the newsroom leadership, an organizational development and continuous improvement roadmap, plan measures and resources, provide guidance and lead/facilitate processes.


  • Build and champion organizational support structures, programs and communications strategies to enhance the culture of excellence, opportunity and inclusiveness.

  • Provide strong leadership in difficult situations.

  • 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.

  • Identify high-potential journalists in our newsroom and ensure they are effectively developed.

  • Elevate our ability to spot and recruit journalism talent externally.

  • Direct other top editors as they manage their department budgets and coach them on tracking and meeting budget goals (traveling budgets, fees for external services, equipment etc.).

Key Attributes/Knowledge/Experience

  • Strong financial acumen, critical thinking and diplomatic problem-solving skills.

  • Track record of successful newsroom management; a leader with experience mentoring and developing talent; able to make tough decisions and deliver difficult news with compassion and discipline aligned with Journal culture.

  • Sound organizational abilities and inclination toward action: setting agendas, managing projects, change management.

  • Journalistic experience preferred.

  • Deep understanding of the brand values and mission of The Wall Street Journal -- digital and print -- and how our journalists should be selected, hired and trained in line with those values.

  • Skilled in conflict resolution and mediation.

  • Lead and inspire our journalism team to come up with ideas; excellent communications skills. Know how to delegate, brief and give constructive feedback.

  • Innovative and creative thinker, leader and manager.

Applications should include a resume and cover letter.



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 2017-29966

Job Locations USA-NY-NEW YORK

Job Function News/Editorial

Business Area NEWS/WSJ

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