Deputy National Politics Editor

Expiring today

Location
Washington, DC
Posted
May 09, 2022
Closes
May 23, 2022
Ref
JR-90273560
Hours
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is looking for a deputy national politics editor to help oversee coverage of the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential campaign.

This editor, who will report to the senior politics editor, will help ensure The Post's coverage of campaigns and elections is peerless, providing readers with the most comprehensive and illuminating American political journalism. This editor will work in close collaboration with the deputy politics editor overseeing reporting on the electorate, as well as with the newly formed Democracy team, to shape coverage of the nation's shifting political landscape. This editor also will partner with the elections director to plan coverage on and around election days, as well as with The Post's polling unit to run coverage of public opinion surveys.

We are looking for someone with deft editing skills who can help reporters conceive and execute stories that drive news scoops, sharp analysis, and distinctive enterprise about candidates and campaigns. We also are looking for a visionary journalist who can help pioneer ways to engage new readers in the run-up to the next presidential cycle.

The ideal candidate will have a track record in story conception, writing and editing, and be able to execute high-impact and timely pieces in a fiercely competitive coverage area. We are looking for a precise and nimble editor who makes sound decisions and has a knack for optimizing stories for digital success. This editor must have exceptional organizational skills to strategically deploy reporters on the campaign trail and an ability to give clear guidance to those traveling on assignment. We also want a stylist who can help elevate reporters' deadline dispatches and guide them to bring a campaign rally or a primary debate to life for our readers.

This editor must also work collaboratively with other Politics editors and with other departments across the newsroom to ensure that we provide readers with dynamic digital-first coverage. In addition, we are looking for someone who embraces an inclusive approach to story generation and varied forms of storytelling, and who will help identify the most engrossing and accessible formats for our coverage of campaigns.

This editor will be based in our Washington newsroom. The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multigenerational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, résumé and five to seven examples of your work (as PDFs) to our jobs portal by 05/20/2022. The cover letter should be addressed to Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, and Managing Editor Steven Ginsberg. Internal candidates can apply here.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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