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Editorial Leader, Politics


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Company NBC Universal

Job Title Editorial Leader, Politics

Jobid 23768-338306

Location: New York, NY, 10176, USA

Description **Job Number** 28462BR

**Job Title** Editorial Leader, Politics

**Business Segment** NBC News Group

**Sub-Business** NBC News

**Posting Category** Digital Media

**About Us** NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

**Career Level** Experienced

**Country** United States

**State/Province** New York

**City** New York


NBC News Digital is seeking an editor to drive our coverage of politics. The Politics Editor will be responsible for delivering impactful, engaging, discussible and shareable content for a newly-constituted section on This person will “own” the section, and as such will be responsible for shaping the digital political team into a cohesive unit that can harness the best of NBC News’ TV coverage and couple it with distinctive original digital reporting and analysis.

The new section will be re-imagined from top to bottom so the best candidates will bring a strong product sensibility and a track record of partnering with the product development side of the house.

Beyond that, candidates must bring a wealth of experience covering US politics and campaigns, as well as significant time spent as an editorial leader in a digital publishing environment. A familiarity with digital video – how to make it and make it well – is an absolute must, while extensive experience with video is a real plus. The person who wins this job will also know when a story is best told in video, or when it should be text, or when it should be neither and be left to a chart or graphic.

Leadership chops are key, as is the ability – preferably from experience doing it – to successfully navigate a large and oftentimes complicated organization.

The role will report to the Executive Editor of NBC News Digital.


+ Setting the daily editorial agenda for our digital politics coverage, including assigning stories and working with the video and graphics desks to shape their output

+ Working with a range of journalistic talent from both digital and TV to produce political journalism that sets us apart

+ Editing stories and being the “last pair of eyes” to see everything that appears on our platforms, or empowering the right people to be that set of eyes in your stead

+ Recruiting and retaining a rock star group of journalists

+ Building and managing a network of freelancers and contributors to supplement in-house talent

+ Establishing best practices for the team, including story selection, headline and deck writing, edit standards – all the while helping the team to break free of tried and true journalistic conventions whose time has come

+ Closely coordinate with colleagues in the larger NBC News newsgathering and political coverage teams to align reporting and maximize both depth and breadth of coverage.

+ Cultivating a social media presence and general audience awareness of the site to drive traffic and audience loyalty

+ Working closely with Ad Sales to create editorial opportunities that generate content, audience and revenue opportunities

+ Cultivating editorial relationships with content partners, within and outside the NBC News

+ Managing rights of licensed content and ensure published content meets rights and contractual agreements


Basic Qualifications

+ 8 years experience in journalism, with a heavy focus on political coverage for at least half of that. At least 4 years working in digital journalism.

+ 2 years in an editorial leadership capacity, ideally within a commercial environment.

+ Exceptional leadership skills and able to act as ‘player/coach’ with the team. A collaborator who can work easily across a large organization.

+ Experience producing creative and innovative quality video. Ideally has worked within or around a TV news organization.

+ Be able to manage a budget and represent the needs of the team internally.

+ Proven ability to partner with product, technology and sales to deliver compelling and competitive digital productsAdditional Job Requirements

+ Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through to be considered

+ Must be willing to work in New York City.

+ Willingness to travel and work overtime, and on weekends with short notice

+ Must be “on call” 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

+ Must be able to provide a reel/portfolio of work examples -- if available, include a web address when you submit your resume

**Desired Characteristics**

Desired Qualifications

+ An innovator who brings storytelling ideas that breakaway from traditional articles and videos coupled with creative distribution tactics to reach new audiences via social, mobile and desktop. Deep understanding of the nuances of packaging for the web, mobile web and social - primarily Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and leading social messaging apps.

+ Deep understanding of the changing digital media landscape in all its forms. Passionate and curious about “what’s next” in digital and proactively pushes the organization to anticipate and meet news digital consumers needs.

+ Behave like a site owner.

+ Have big thoughts and the courage to voice them.

+ An inclination towards “Yes,” but knowledge that sometimes saying “No” is the right answer.

+ Have a sense of humor or least be able to recognize one.

The NBC Owned Television Stations create and distribute engaging content that connects with a valuable audience in 10 major markets across the country. Our content platforms include: NBC Stations broadcast and COZI TV, station websites, digital out-of home, and mobile.  Through our local news operations, our lifestyle production arm LX.TV, and our local sales marketing and production teams, NBC creates content that connects communities with the people, events, and issues they care about most.

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