Phoenix New Times has an opening for a full-time web editor. This position combines journalism with social-media marketing and analytical data management to increase the audience for New Times and improve its desktop and mobile applications.
The web editor assigns and edits photo slideshows and video projects, manages a weekly budget, works with freelancers, manages interns, and collaborates with section editors. The web editor works alongside the editor-in-chief in the planning and execution of all online coverage.
Outside the site, the web editor manages the paper's social-media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, with the expectation of continued engagement and growth for these accounts. He or she also works with the marketing department for the presentation and coverage of New Times events, including Artopia and the Viva PHX Music Fest.
The job requires creative story ideas, strong news judgment, and a skilled hand when it comes to story placement and presentation. The web editor must have a firm grasp on SEO and be able to write compelling headlines that get shared on social media and attract eyeballs via search results.
The web editor should keep the staff apprised of the latest changes in the digital world, whether that means new ways to share content via social media or new tools to use. The web editor keeps the paper at the forefront of digital storytelling.
The web editor also is expected to promote the paper's content via strategic partnerships with other websites, social media accounts, and public-relations outlets. Video production and editing skills are preferred but not required -- attracting talented people and partnering with them is.
Finally, the web editor is expected to hit traffic goals across the site's main verticals of music, dining, arts, news, and film. A strong interest in and working knowledge of stories covered by New Times is essential.
Requirements: Two years experience working for the online arm of a news outlet.
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Brief cover letter - Resume + three references - Links to any social media profiles - Any links to relevant content (writing samples, social media campaigns, slideshows or video)
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