Planning Producer - Editorial

Digital Division Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Description

Summary:

The editorial planning producer assists the head of planning and senior editorial planning producer in enabling our editorial teams to deliver unique reporting in long- and short-term coverage of global and national trends, news events and social and political developments in line with the signature voice and concerns of the AJ+ brand.

This will be 6 months freelance role.

Description:

The editorial planning producer assists the head of planning and senior editorial planning producer in enabling our editorial teams to deliver unique reporting in long- and short-term coverage of global and national trends, news events and social and political developments in line with the signature voice and concerns of the AJ+ brand.

The individual in this role must be able to find events and stories for the AJ+ planning calendar that span the traditional news agenda but also shines light on stories ignored or underreported by traditional media. This role requires an understanding of online audiences and what stories appeal to each audience.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Track a multitude of upcoming news events, both inside and outside the mainstream news agenda

  • Maintain and contribute to updated calendar of events and coverage for AJ+
  • Revise plans depending on changing domestic and global issues
  • Research story ideas and pitches
  • Set up interviews with contributors
  • Send out daily, weekly and monthly news budgets
  • Pitch innovative ideas for AJ+ coverage
  • Work closely with Audience Development Team
  • Communicate with all editorial and engagement teams to endure highest level of coordination on planning and output
  • Maintain newsgathering relationships with local, national and global organizations for advance awareness of events and actions potentially worth AJ+ coverage

 Other Responsibilities:

  • Research story ideas
  • Learn and understand what types of stories and formats suit different AJ+ audiences across different platforms (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.)

  • Support all members of staff in gathering of story ideas and pitches
  • Maintain directory of sources and contacts for editorial teams
  • Manage inbox with incoming story pitches

Education & Experience:
  • A Bachelor degree, or equivalent experience in online media or video journalism and planning
  • 1-2 years in proven experience in video production or online journalism
  • Previous experience in editorial roles
  • Sound editorial judgment of domestic and global issues 
  • A passion and commitment to the Al Jazeera spirit of journalism. 
  • Demonstrable organizational skills
  • Sound communication abilities
  • Ability to do work under tight pressure and deadlines