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WSJ seeks social media editor

The Wall Street Journal seeks a social media editor to join its growing team of journalists responsible for engaging users on new platforms. We’re looking for someone who thinks creatively about the social web and how the Journal fits within it.

Based in New York, the job requires real-time analysis of traffic and trends to inform our efforts across WSJ.com and quickly capitalize on new opportunities. As part of a multi-skilled team, this editor will focus, at least initially, on managing and expanding the Journal’s institutional presence in social media; training and advising Journal staffers; and generating new reporting projects built for the social web. Our intent is to experiment quickly with new tools, repeat what works, and share what we find with the rest of the newsroom.

Social media is a growth area for the Journal, touching much of the organization. Candidates for this position should have a good feel for a broad range of news and be able to spot the tweet or Facebook question in any story. Ideally, many of these attributes describe you:

  • has strong journalistic instincts and experience
  • lives on the web with a feel for how people use it
  • works effectively with large online communities
  • is experienced in web analytics and project management
  • spins a good story with text, data or otherwise
  • writes web apps and scripts at the speed of news
  • knows CSS, JavaScript, and other client-side languages

The editor will be part of a team of diverse talents. Therefore, development and design experience is desired but not required.

In a cover letter, please specify which of the above and other skills you would bring to the team and include at least five links to any material we should see (articles, websites, videos, apps, social-media profiles). Bear in mind that we’re more concerned with how you think about Twitter and whether you can hack the Twitter API, for example, than how many followers you have. And, most of all, we are looking for strong journalists. Please also attach or include a link to your résumé.

To apply, visit: https://dowjones.taleo.net/careersection/djexternal/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=44273