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The Correspondent
37 w 20th street
New York, New York (United States)

Web: thecorrespondent.com

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Managing Editor


Job ID: 55372
Job Views: 183
Location: New York, New York, United States
Postal Code: 10003
Job Category: Online/New Media,Publishing
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: competitive per month
Posted: 07.30.2018

Job Description

Our ideal managing editor...

 
  1. Fully subscribes to the philosophy and principles of our platform
  2. Sees the unique advantages of a news site that is ad-free and focused on relevance instead of recency
  3. Has a deep understanding of the fundamental shortcomings of the digital news industry and bold ideas on how to fix them
  4. Can easily assess what context is missing from run-of-the-mill reporting and knows what kind of journalism is needed to counter this
  5. Supports efforts to improve cultural and ethnic diversity in journalism
  6. Believes strongly that every reader has invaluable expertise, and values their contributions as an indispensable part of journalism
  7. Strongly believes that interaction between journalists and readers is crucial in restoring lost trust in journalism, and understands why the relationship with an audience should be personal rather than institutional
  8. Can quickly determine if a journalistic production meets The Correspondent’s standards and provide effective feedback on where to improve it
  9. Is keen to popularize in-depth journalism and passionate about spreading it widely without compromising quality or integrity
  10. Has a great understanding of how the internet is changing journalism and recognizes the opportunities this brings for fundamentally changing the practice
  11. Thinks of journalism as a service aimed at helping people understand the world around them instead of a product aimed at grabbing their attention
  12. Advocates for constructive, solution-oriented journalism, helping readers to be better citizens and providing them with ways of acting on their ideals
  13. Explicitly rejects the ideal of objectivity in journalism, and thinks journalists should be guided by a moral compass and declared worldview rather than fake a neutral stance or ‘view from nowhere’
  14. Can inspire correspondents to realize their full potential as writers and conversation leaders, and has a genuine interest in what moves and motivates them 
  15. Subscribes to a style of management that is bottom up, personal, accessible, transparent, and democratic, and does not want to sit in a separate office
  16. Works together with colleagues on the basis of trust, and values talent over age or job title
  17. Is an experienced public speaker, an interesting person to interview, and a great ambassador for The Correspondent, its ideals, and its journalism
  18. Has no problem with the fact that being managing editor is a demanding job with a lot of responsibilities
  19. Knows how to write in clear and accessible language
  20. Loves experimenting; thinks big and acts quickly 

 

Responsibilities 

 

Before our global membership campaign

There are three key deliverables in this phase:

  1. Because The Correspondent will start from scratch, the core responsibility will be to build a diverse and talented team of correspondents and supporting staff. Together with editor in chief Rob Wijnberg, you will set up an inclusive hiring strategy and comprehensive hiring plan that can kick into gear when the campaign is successful
  2. You will also create a manual for ‘The Correspondent way of journalism’. You’ll interview De Correspondent's Dutch staff (from correspondents to the board) and write a document that new hires can read and use
  3. Together with the EiC and our advisor and launching partner Jay Rosen, you will create a list of potential beats and hires
 

Also:

  • You’ll help the (Dutch) founders to navigate American culture - both in beat and journalist selection, and in organizational culture

  • You will have exploratory talks with journalists all over the country, to find out who you think we should work with

 

During the campaign 

  • You are one of the few public faces of the campaign. You will give interviews and attend events to share The Correspondent’s mission and vision
  • As soon as the campaign achieves its goals, you will start reaching out to potential journalists and start job interviews

 

After the campaign, before launch

  • You will recruit potential correspondents
  • You will have job interviews with potential candidates and select the ones that should have a second interview (during which the EiC will also be present)
  • Together with the EiC and the Operations Lead, you will set up a day-to-day operations structure and a collaboration structure that involves staff working remotely while maintaining a clear company culture
  • During the hiring process, you will monitor our progress towards our editorial goals (such as: a diverse newsroom, interesting mix of beats)
  • You will train new hires in The Correspondent way of journalism (openinteractive, showing your learning curve, public notebook) with one-on-one coaching and group training sessions

 

After the launch

  • You are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the publication and its editorial activities
  • Together with the EiC, you can hire, fire, or promote staff members, and can determine editorial strategy
  • You will create and enforce deadlines and editorial priorities
  • You will work closely together with the EiC to make sure the publication reports on topics of interest to its readers, involves members in the journalism, and covers a wide range of subjects
  • Because everything at The Correspondent revolves around building personal and trusting relations between editors and members, the managing editor is also a public persona, both in writing and on stage. Topics may include explaining editorial decision making and responding to editorial controversies

 

What we offer

 

  • A full-time role (40hrs) — competitive salary, healthcare and 401(k) allowances, vacation days

  • An NYC office — on 37 W 20th St

  • A role at the forefront of innovation in journalism — with fantastic, ambitious co-workers

 

We'd like to start as soon as possible. The deadline for applications for this position is August 7.

Please note that due to time and resource constraints, we can only work with candidates that already live and work in the US.


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