Managing Editor, The Journal (Remote Eligible - North America)

New York, NY

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The Journal is a daily narrative news podcast made in partnership between Gimlet and the Wall Street Journal. Each day, we tell one important news story in 15-20 minutes. Our show focuses on money and business, applying those lenses to general news or zooming in on business stories that other outlets do not tell. We have covered everything from the coronavirus’s origins in China to the racial reckoning in corporations after George Floyd’s murder to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s entertainment company. Recently, we published an explosive investigation into Facebook alongside the Wall Street Journal’s print paper.  
Both an editorial and management position, this is a leadership role on The Journal. The managing editor will be the senior-most Gimlet representative working day-to-day on The Journal. This person will help producers and hosts shape an episode from the idea phase through final mix notes. At the same time, they will be a manager and guide for producers growing in their careers. We are seeking someone experienced in narrative storytelling, enthusiastic about working on tight deadlines, passionate about news, and excited about providing consistent and holistic feedback. While this role is set for normal work hours, it also requires flexibility and openness to weekend and after-hours work. This is a full-time role based anywhere in North America, working East coast hours.

What You'll Do

  • Work closely with hosts and senior staff to set editorial priorities for the show.
  • Provide regular feedback to hosts, editors, supervising producers, and producers on ways to improve and expand their work.
  • Coordinate with Wall Street Journal’s newsroom and other departments to help coordinate exclusive coverage, plan for big events, or make other marketing or PR pushes.
  • Ensure proper resource allocation and staffing for the show.
  • Edit about one episode per week, working with producers and hosts to prep for interviews, write through scripts, and manage the daily deadlines needed to get each episode over the finish line.
  • Listen to drafts for what is working in each story and what needs to be added, restructured or reimagined, keeping an eye on journalistic standards as well as narrative momentum.
  • Contribute regularly to morning pitch meetings, both by pitching your own ideas and by helping strengthen others’ ideas.
  • Manage 3-5 producers and senior producers by providing regular feedback and support.
  • Help identify team staffing needs and make coverage plans.
  • Work closely with fellow managers to make sure stories are getting the editorial resources they need.

What You'll Bring

  • Experience running and managing a team. Experience working with a partner organization is a plus.
  • A minimum of 5+ years of journalism or documentary experience, audio preferred. 
  • Excellent news judgement.
  • A strong vision for The Journal’s continued growth and how to make the show stand out.
  • A minimum of 2+ years of editing experience is preferred, but not required; we’ll consider applicants who may have developed editing chops in other roles, including producers and reporters.
  • Comfort and proficiency in structuring and editing narrative pieces.
  • Experience managing, mentoring, and helping others develop in their careers.
  • Outstanding communication skills, across the board.
  • An ability to jump between topics and contribute meaningful guidance, no matter the context.

Where You'll Be

  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them!
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within the Americas region in which we have a work location.
  • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere  options here.
  • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern Standard time zone for collaboration.
Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 381 million users.
This position is not eligible to be performed in Colorado.
Job tags: Mentoring
Job perks/benefits: Career development Gear Team events
Job region(s): North America
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