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Editorial Director, News

Company: Group Nine Media
Location: New York
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

We're looking for an Editorial Director, News to join Thrillist's editorial department within Group Nine Media! As the leader of the News team, you'll oversee timely, fast-moving stories within the site's key coverage areas of food, drink, travel, and more. The ideal candidate has a record of success in producing high-quality content for digital media outlets and is a proven people manager capable of shaping and mentoring writers into top talent. You'll be based in our NYC office and report to the Editor in Chief. This role will be managing staff writers, and will be a key player in recruiting and hiring for the team in the future.-- The Editorial Director, News will lead by example in demonstrating Group Nine's values-Care Deeply, Be Brave, Go First, Do Good, Stay Close, and Win Together. WHAT YOU'LL DO:

  • Thrillist is a lifestyle publication, but that doesn't mean you won't be responsible for shepherding time-sensitive stories and intensive reporting. You will oversee the entire news story publishing process from pitch to publication and distribution on key platforms. Priorities will sometimes change from hour to hour and you'll shift your focus accordingly.
  • You'll assist the writers in gathering stories to write by using social monitoring tools, checking in with your own contacts, and surveying the news landscape at the beginning of the day. Greenlight and reject (with feedback) writers' pitches; assign stories as needed.
  • Copy-edit and fact-check as many as nine news stories a day and give in-the-moment constructive feedback to the writers. You'll guide writers as they package their stories with images and headlines for maximum traffic and engagement by following the site's established best practices and tapping into the innovation you bring to the role.
  • Keep close track of all the important goings-on in the News team's special coverage areas, including fast food, food deals, new travel attractions, stargazing, and more.
  • Maintain a detailed editorial calendar throughout the year for the purpose of planning coverage for upcoming news events and maintaining evergreen content. You'll also familiarize yourself with other verticals' calendars to find opportunities for collaboration, avoid the duplication of efforts .
  • Use data insights and analytics to better understand our audience and apply those insights to inform future story ideas and execution.
  • Be a regular, active partner with Thrillist's distribution, video, and design teams to ensure every story is supported visually and promoted effectively.--
  • O versee the production, curation, and growth of a newly launched email newsletter. SUCCESS WILL LOOK LIKE:
    • Providing Thrillist readers with excellent, well-written, and beautifully packaged news stories about the latest in food, drink, travel, entertainment, and other core coverage areas.
    • Publishing stories and larger content packages that both bring in significant amounts of traffic and build on the Thrillist brand.--
    • Meeting or exceeding traffic and output goals.
    • Coaching writers to perform at their highest levels and mentoring them for future success in other roles across the department.
    • Effectively innovating and adapting the team's strategy as coverage opportunities come along and as priorities change. MUST HAVES:
      • Minimum of 5 years of experience in digital media, including at least 5 years as an editor
      • Minimum 3 years of experience managing people
      • Experience managing a team, inclusive of delegating responsibilities, managing performance, supporting growth and development, and providing meaningful feedback
      • Strong reporting, writing, editing, and organizational skills
      • Expert-level headline writing
      • Sharp eye for beautiful imagery and photography for story packaging
      • Knack for fact-checking and instinct for detecting questionable information
      • Extensive knowledge of how internet news and lifestyle content works and familiarity with the ever-changing digital media landscape
      • Proficient in using and customizing data analytics tools, social media/trends monitoring platforms for a highly efficient workflow
      • Comfort and aptitude for communicating with writers on your team, freelancers, and representatives across the department and beyond--
      • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines while juggling multiple projects NICE TO HAVES:--
        • Experience covering the food industry; particularly, fast food, fast casual, and QSR
        • Experience covering major space stories, such as major stargazing events
        • Interest in writing about new travel destinations/attractions and an eye for travel deals Why Work at Group Nine We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of our larger DE&I strategy, every employee goes through a series of DE&I training. We have incredible Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), with the support of our Head of DE&I and executive sponsors, that host everything from weekly safe space chats to community events. We have amazing people. We can promise you'll work alongside some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. Our people work hard but we always have fun doing it. Bottom line: we care about each other and we take our values seriously. We care about you. We offer company-paid parental leave for everyone #inclusion. We also offer health, dental and vision insurance, along with a selection of voluntary benefits. We've partnered with best-in-class virtual care providers to bring health care, mental health support and meditation to all employees. Additionally, knowing that time away from work is integral to employee well-being, our time off allowances (consisting of vacation, sick, company holidays, volunteer and religious observances), ensure you have time to take care of yourself. We invest in your future. We offer competitive compensation and a matching 401(k) plan. Depending on the role, options may also be granted. We value development. We are a high-performance organization that challenges itself to continuously grow. We invest in employee development. You'll need to be great to get hired here and we promise you'll get even better once you're here. About Thrillist: Thrillist is the #1 food, drink and travel brand for Gen Z and Millennials [ source: Comscore Media Matrix & Plan Metrix, Q3 2020.] Thrillist serves as a guidebook for those that want new experiences and long to turn a good time into a great time. Our nonstop coverage of local culture inspires audiences to discover their world and celebrate every moment. In a serious world, we take fun seriously. In December 2016, Thrillist joined forces with NowThis, The Dodo, POPSUGAR and Seeker to form Group Nine Media -- a global top 10 publisher. About Group Nine: Group Nine has the most optimistic, fast moving, deeply connected brands in the categories that matter NOW. As the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, June 2020], Group Nine's brands are built for the platforms where young people spend the majority of their time. We reach over 80% of Americans in their 20s every month [Nielsen DCR, June 2020]. Audiences spend over 90 million hours a month engaging with our category-defining brands [platform analytics, August 2020] - NowThis, the no. 1 most-watched news and politics brand globally on social [Tubular Labs, May 2020]; The Dodo, the #1 media brand for reach on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, November 2019]; POPSUGAR, the #1 most engaged-with Women's Lifestyle site in the U.S. [Comscore, February 2020]; Thrillist, the most-trusted digital brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment; and Seeker, the no. 1 science brand on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, April 2020]. Group Nine has been recognized with hundreds of prestigious awards including Edward R. Murrow, James Beard, Cannes Lions, Critic's Choice, among others. At Group Nine Media, we value belonging and believe in fostering an environment where a diversity of perspectives can thrive. This core value is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Below is a set of--voluntary--demographic questions that are meant to strengthen our hiring practices by identifying and mitigating unconscious bias in our hiring process. If you choose to fill them out, the responses will be used (in aggregate--only) to help us identify areas for improvement in our process. Your responses, or your choice to not respond,--will not--be associated with your specific application and--will not--in any way be used in the hiring decision. What is your gender identity? (Select one)
          Genderqueer or non-binary or gender fluid
          None of the above, please specify
          Prefer not to disclose
          What is your sexual orientation?
          Heterosexual or straight
          None of the above, please specify
          Prefer not to disclose
          What is your racial or ethnic identity? (Select all that apply.)
          East Asian
          Middle Eastern
          American Indian/Alaskan Native
          Pacific Islander
          South Asian
          Southeast Asian
          None of the above, please specify
          Prefer not to disclose
          Are you a person living with a disability (visible or invisible)? (Select one)
          Prefer not to disclose
          Are you a protected veteran (disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, an active duty wartime or campaign veteran, armed forces service medal veteran)? (Select one)
          Prefer not to disclose

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