The Creative Director, Editorial Lab will help lead a small team of innovators who will experiment with new “blue-sky” digital storytelling technologies, tools and techniques, establish best-practices, and disseminate the methods to the rest of the WSJ newsroom and beyond.
Keep a finger on the pulse of global storytelling trends, technologies and platforms, continuously identifying and evaluating the usefulness of these developments to WSJ audiences. Share knowledge and educate stakeholder inside and outside the newsroom.
Responsible for the creative and technical direction of the Editorial Lab.
With the Head of the Editorial Lab, develop a pipeline of stories and ideas through partnerships with stakeholders in the newsroom.
Identify and work with newsroom leaders including the Enterprise Editor, Chief Visuals Editor, Chief Video/Audio Editor and others to assign key personnel from other desks, departments or bureaus to work on specific projects.
Write and/or edit the publication of findings for use both internally and externally. With the Editorial Lab team, produce a monthly internal newsletter discussing the work and findings of the Lab. Create and edit the Lab’s external-facing educational material.
With the Head of the Editorial Lab, prioritize projects and tracks within the lab. Manage specific projects from ideation to execution. Align projects with the editorial needs and calendar of the newsroom.
Work with DJ Innovation and the Tech & Product team to create minimal viable products, and then design and conduct market tests together with the Analytics & Audience team.
Help identify new methods, technologies or tools worth exploring for WSJ audiences, determine the processes and techniques by which we could use them.
With the Head of the Editorial Lab create and execute a program to educate newsroom stakeholders about innovation in journalism and storytelling.
With the Head of Editorial Lab, Identify, build and manage relationships with other media and non-media organizations around the globe to create new opportunities and synergies.
Represent the Editorial Lab and the WSJ at events and conferences, both internal and external.
Inspire the Editorial Lab team and our other journalists to produce their best work on all platforms.
Contribute by attitude, example and encouragement to a culture of creativity, enthusiasm, motivation, ownership and professionalism.
Contribute to the shaping and management of staff-development programs.
Identify high-potential members of the team and ensure they are effectively developed.
Deep understanding of digital media and digital journalism
Excellent news judgement
Understanding of media technologies and consumer technologies related to media and journalism
Strong skills in concept visualisation, strong communication, facilitation and presentation skills
Experienced in working with teams across different organizational areas and disciplines
Position in hierarchy / reporting lines
Reporting to: Head of Editorial Lab
Additional major internal working relationships
● Very closely working with Analytics & Audience team, Digital Editor, Enterprise Editor, Chief Video/Audio Editor, Chief Visuals Editor, Chief Video/Audio Editor