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Senior Editor, ESPN Investigative and Enterprise Journalism Unit

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 861790BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN and Sports Content Date posted Sep. 22, 2021

Job Summary:

The senior editor creates, develops and manages content for the ESPN Investigative and Enterprise Journalism Unit, for publication on the ESPN App, website and distribution across all of ESPN’s platforms. The senior editor assigns and edits various short and long-form articles, and contributes to the conception, assignment, and line editing of stories. The editor should excel in ideation, conceiving of and doing preliminary research for story ideas and special projects. The editor should also recognize the value of social media platforms for content distribution. This is a management position, requiring regular communication with other senior editors, top editors, writers and contributors; fostering relationships with new writers; distributing first drafts of features to top edit staff and gathering editorial comments and directives; and collaborating with content partners across digital, TV, podcast, and other ESPN platforms to bring our stories to life.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct feature-length stories from conceptualization and assigning to line editing and distribution.
  • Closely track and identify emerging trends, issues, subjects and topics within sports, then apply advanced ingenuity, creativity, and journalistic and organizational skills to help shape assignments.
  • Manage a small team of writers, maximizing their creativity, productivity and growth.
  • Coordinate staffing assignments, editorial resources and process.
  • Collaborate with design, product and technology managers on presentation and site enhancements.
  • Recruit, hire and develop talented new voices that contribute to all of ESPN’s platforms.
  • Maintain proficiency and knowledge in latest trends, technology and best practices in editing and how our readers consume our content.
  • Maintain proficiency and knowledge in latest trends and best practices for visual storytelling.
  • Maintain proficiency and knowledge for SEO.
  • Ensure all content meets established tone, theme, accuracy, style and consistency requirements.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic growth in both revenue and traffic metrics.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Advanced experience in journalism, line editing and ideation, strong competence in writing and reporting.
  • Advanced ability to follow and shape stories at all stages of development.
  • Keen news judgment.
  • Broad knowledge of sports, especially pro and college.
  • Advanced understanding of web-authoring tools and software, and a familiarity with content management systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong people management skills.
  • Good appreciation of popular culture
  • Strong understanding of the market positioning and strategies of assigned major sports and events.

Required Education

  • High School Diploma

Preferred Education

An undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, online/multimedia or related field and a minimum of five years’ direct professional editorial and/or reporting experience, with at least one year in people management OR a high school diploma and a suitable combination of related training and experience including one year of people-management experience.

Additional Information:

  • (i.e. physical requirements, holiday, nights, weekend shifts, etc.)


About ESPN and Sports Content:

The ESPN and Sports Content group acquires and produces ESPN’s live sports programming, as well as sports news and original and non-scripted sports-related content, for The Walt Disney Company’s cable channels, ESPN+, and ABC.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call ESPN and Sports Content.

ESPN Productions, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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