Web Director

Web Director


The Web Director requires good time management skills, strong leadership and the ability to work with a team. This salaried position requires the individual to be self-motivated and respectful of deadlines. Candidates for this position must convey an understanding of how The Cord operates and have experience in web design, multimedia facets or have the interest in becoming highly proficient in the area in a short period of time. Finally, the Web Director is expected to have a grasp of the variety of writing styles featured in the newspaper in order to identify the needs of the different sections.


  • Work a minimum of 15 hours per week in the office on Cord-related items, including production;
  • Ensure that all print content is uploaded to the website by themselves or the Online Editor while ensuring the content reflects what is in print unless otherwise noted;
  • Ensure the proper layout of web content;
  • Continuously work to improve the design of The Cord website in order for it to be user friendly;
  • Monitor and mentor the Video Editor, Online Editor, Social Media Coordinator and their volunteers;
  • Monitor the visual layout of the website and suggest changes when necessary;
  • Collaborate with section editors and directors to develop web-exclusive content that either complements or is unique to the coverage in the print edition;
  • Understand the basics of reporting so they can act as the “reporter” for videos when a writer or editor is unable to do so;
  • Have a knowledge or willingness to construct interactive multimedia tools and online graphics such as Storify, ScribbleLive and other interactive websites/tools
  • Knowledge of CSS, HTML, JavaScript are an asset;
  • Work with section editors and photographers to get breaking news covered immediately for the website;
  • Receive web-requests from section editors and ensure they are covered;
  • Distribute assignments to Video Editor, including filming coverage, editing web content such as audio and video clips and design improvements;
  • Distribute assignments to the Online Editor and ensure that tasks are being delegated efficiently;
  • Be accessible to all Cord staff and maintain open communication;
  • Show proficiency in social media, including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WordPress;
  • Develop a social media strategy with the Social Media Coordinator;
  • To use Google Analytics to monitor the traffic on thecord.ca website and report findings to the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Attend editorial board meetings and meetings with the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Assist in planning and administering training for Cord staff and/or volunteers;
  • As this position does not necessarily give reason for the director to be in the office outside of production, meetings, and special events, it is encouraged that the Multimedia Director maintains contact with the rest of staff
  • Utilize social media to share and communicate with readers and contacts about The Cord’s coverage throughout the week;
  • When using social media in regards to The Cord or WLUSP, the editor is expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner;

A technical test will be administered at the time of the interview to gauge candidates’ ability to perform a mock “breaking news” test, where the candidate will have to write a short story, utilize social media and know how to quickly upload onto the website to present the story, photos etc. This test will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write under CP Style as well as to effectively to use WordPress and multimedia tools.

Please send in a resume and a brief platform outlining your vision for the position.  Applications can be sent to:bbowles@thecord.ca

Due: March 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM