Head of Storytelling, The Wall Street Journal - NY
The Wall Street Journal is looking for a Head of Storytelling to lead a new cross-disciplinary team that collaborates across product, design, engineering and news. This team's mission is to create new, engaging ways for audiences to experience the Journal's content.
The Head of Storytelling will partner with the R&D Chief, Senior Product Manager for Editorial Tools to drive the Storytelling & Editorial Tools Team, which is part of a new initiative at WSJ to create teams that bring a variety of skill sets together to work on our most important objectives.
The Head of Storytelling also will be responsible for aligning roadmaps for three closely tied groups in Content Experiences: Storytelling, Editorial Tools and CMS.
He/she must think mobile-first, and also evaluate when story experiences should run natively in our mobile apps and when web is better suited.
He/she will be critical in thinking through replatforming considerations along with the head of engineering for storytelling.
This product leader must pay attention to commercial needs on the article page and other new storytelling formats and modules, including ad placements and membership goals.
He/she must be able to think about subs and non-subs in different contexts and about their different user journeys, bringing in experience on how to serve content and experiences differently for different audience cohorts.
He/she must be able to build bridges across the newsroom and help create standards and processes that work for new storytelling experiences to be built by newsroom teams including the visuals teams.
The Storytelling & Editorial Tools team sits with the Journal's Strategy unit, which serves as an incubator for change and experimentation in the newsroom.
It consists of a handful of teams that specialize in everything from data science and new formats to reporting for young audiences and broader experimentation.
This role reports to the Journal's Head of Content Experiences.
The right person:
- You are passionate about both the user experience and storytelling. You've thought about the ways the news industry is changing and have worked in product teams focused on delivering content experiences.
- You look for the opportunity to solve problems -- for both journalists and consumers -- in a scalable, reusable fashion.
- You want to lead the conversation around how journalists can introduce different formats and mediums and how audiences are getting their news in new ways.
- Extensive product experience across web and mobile platforms is essential.
- You must firmly believe in the public mission of journalism and its importance in our society.
We're looking for you to:
- Focus on our audiences --- current and future -- and discover what they value in our content experiences. Help us pair that with our news mission to make great new experiences.
- Lead a passionate cross-functional team.
- Design, develop, test and deploy web and mobile applications for the Journal.
- Collaborate closely with editors, reporters, designers, data scientists, product managers and engineers to build innovative solutions to current and future newsroom challenges.
- Help set technical direction and long-term strategy for future web and mobile initiatives.
- Play an active role in product development.
- Keep an eye on technical innovations and changing trends in the web and mobile landscapes.
We'd like you to have:
- 5+ years product management experience.
- Experience in a newsroom is preferred.
- Experience working closely with engineering teams, as well as a deep and technical understanding of both web and mobile platforms.
- Excellent communication, organization and collaboration skills.
- A passion for storytelling and creativity to introduce new ideas and technologies.
- A background in journalism or content creation is a big plus.
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