Twitter is seeking a Head of News and Journalism — a person “responsible for devising and executing the strategies that make Twitter indispensable to newsrooms and journalists, as well as an essential part of the operations and strategy of news organizations and TV news networks.”
Michael Wolff calls this “a bigger news job than Jeff Zucker’s job running CNN.” He adds: “Given the choice between being the executive editor of the New York Times or being the first Twitter news chief, you’d be well advised to think twice.” Here’s his advice to Twitter:
You really don’t want an entertainment-media complex agent type, nor a former newspaper or TV executive, nor a talk-the-talk nerd. You want someone who is seasoned enough to have worked for an actual news organization, but astute enough to have migrated into the new news space – Politico, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, DNAinfo, or the major legacy news sites, CNN, the New York Times, NBC (formally MSNBC), might do.
A question from Politico’s Alex Burns: Why do job-seekers need a “minimum of 15 years in news in editorial or journalism” to be considered for the position?