Sr. Futures Planning Editor
 
Employer: CNEWS Job Posted: 1/23/2020
Location: Atlanta, GA Job Status: Full Time
 
 

Job Description:

A proactive, editorial and meticulously organized individual, the Senior Futures Planning Editor will work directly with the Senior Director of Futures, Global Directors of Coverage, digital and programming to execute cross platform news coverage on global stories.

The Senior Futures Editor in Atlanta will have two key roles - to support the Senior Director of Futures in futures planning, but also in executing deployments during breaking news in conjunction with the news desk, global futures team, and the DOCS.

They will also be responsible for ensuring communications between Atlanta, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Digital, CNN Espanol and CNNI and CNNUS programming remain as seamless as possible.

The Daily

• Editorial authority: Take ownership of the editorial direction of the planning process, identifying opportunities to break news, enterprise original and distinctive content, thus generating clear cross-platform coverage priorities. This will include content for TV, as well as distinct digital content.
• Competitiveness: Ensure CNN is always ahead of the editorial curve and maintains its position as a market leader in global cross platform news coverage.
• Showcasing: To work with the platforms to best amplify CNN exclusives, CNN moments and key stories of our time.
• This position will be a key communicator and liaison with CNN Domestic and programming.
• Cross-platform planning: Planning coverage of key themes, scheduled news events and breaking news.
• Working in step with the expectations of the entire News Group: digital, social and broadcast and ensuring clear prioritization to meet all the varying platform needs.
• Logistical support: Ensuring that the things that make us able to react quickly (visas, logistics, accreditations) are all up to date.
• Ensure seamless and compelling coverage across all CNN platforms with no logistical impediments to fast reactions of teams to breaking news and events.
• Distinctiveness: To find ways to make CNN coverage stand out from our competitors.
• Collaboration: Coordinating closely and building solid relationships across the News Group - digital/social supervising editors, broadcast EPs, the regional, international and US bureaus - ensuring their coverage needs are met and exceeded.
• Breaking news: Responding quickly and proactively to priorities across the News Group.
• Shoring up deployments, editorial and logistics in the aftermath of breaking news in step with the Sr. Director of Futures, the Directors of Coverage and Digital.
• Identify key story lines and CNN moments and best showcase them across the platforms.
• To ensure a robust operation is in place in the immediate aftermath of a breaking news event that can execute effectively on cross platform needs.
• Planned projects: Ensuring coverage plans are well defined and full details are outlined in documented fashion.
• Responsible for ensuring our best coverage is given the maximum exposure on all platforms.
• Responsible for alerting editorial and legal standards issues.
• Responsible for projecting and determining cost information for coverage.
• Facilitating clear guidance and feedback to the field (Correspondents, Field Producers, Technical Crews).
• Ensure clear lines of communication are effectively maintained between key stakeholders to ensure key stories are amplified and presented to the maximum.
• To ensure CNN editorial and legal standards are upheld.
• To facilitate the news division operating within budget.
• Safety: Oversight of team safety on deployment in step with the Directors of Coverage, Sr. Director of Futures and Directors of security.
• Ensure team safety is always the first consideration and at the heart of deployment decisions

**Weekend and evenings shifts required in this role on a rotating basis**

The Essentials

• College degree in related field preferred.
• Editorial and field experience
• In depth knowledge and proven track record in cross-platform newsgathering and editorial with minimum 5 years' experience.
• Digital platform knowledge - Broad awareness of CNN's digital and social platforms and priorities - what material works on each and how they perform in the competitive landscape.
• Building relationships - working with multiple stake holders, able to navigate the complex different arms of CNN and build a network of relationships to ensure smooth cross platform planning and communications and thereby finding opportunities to showcase international gathering.
• Working under pressure - able to thrive in a pressured breaking news environment.
• Able to respond to changes in the editorial agenda and respond to situations on the ground for our field teams.
• Attention to detail.
• Exceptionally organized with meticulous attention to detail.
• Proven experience in editorial/legal standards and practices.
• Proven budget management skills.
• Post production and writing skills for television and digital are required.
• Second language skill is a plus.


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