Deputy Politics Editor

Washington, DC
Jul 05, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
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 an experienced and digitally savvy journalist to serve as a deputy politics editor driving campaign and congressional coverage aimed at engaging the next generation of Post readers and subscribers. This editor, who will be based in Washington and report to the senior politics editor, will take the lead in guiding what, when and how we publish daily breaking political reporting on social platforms and our site.

This individual will edit the work of two reporters responsible for social-first, on-the-ground reporting that brings The Post's audiences into the news in real-time and contextualizes the day's biggest stories across a variety of surfaces. This editor will be responsible for innovative, platform-specific storytelling focused on this fall's midterm elections, the 2024 presidential election and debates roiling Capitol Hill around the economy, guns, abortion and other policies. This person will be part of a team of four journalists The Post is hiring as we seek to better serve the next generation of readers and subscribers heading into the midterm elections.

Key responsibilities

· Conceptualize, assign, and edit social-first political coverage in collaboration with other political editors;

· Determine reporting and publishing targets for political reporters with strategic focus on formats and audiences;

· Elevate story pitches and reporting lines to appeal to mobile and social-first readers;

· Coach political reporters on the techniques and formats for mobile-first publishing;

· Coordinate with social editors and home editors to elevate and promote social-first work.

Skills and experience required

· At least four to six years of relevant journalism experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience;

· A proven record of success in story origination, creation and editing for social platforms;

· An expansive and comprehensive grasp of the major storylines shaping political news across the country and on Capitol Hill;

· A demonstrated ability to work quickly and on tight deadlines;

· Prior management experience is preferred.

Interested candidates should upload a résumé, a cover letter outlining the experience they would bring to the position and three work samples (as PDFs) to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 07/15/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, Deputy National Editor Phil Rucker, National Editor Matea Gold, and Next Generation Senior Editor Phoebe Connelly.

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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