Overnight Editor, Night Curation Desk

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Dec 25, 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 editor to curate our digital surfaces in ways that inform, enlighten and engage through smart and powerful presentations, pairing sharp headlines with stunning visuals and effective layouts to create maximum impact when promoting digital content on the homepage and the app. This editor will join our homepage team as an overnight editor, a key role in our 24-hour global newsroom.

Four nights a week, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Eastern time, the overnight editor programs our homepage and app, posts news to our social media accounts and sends push notifications and email alerts. In coordination with our Washington, San Francisco and global hubs in Seoul and London, the overnight editor is also responsible for editing stories and identifying breaking news.

This role requires someone who can work independently. The ideal candidate is a well-rounded journalist with superior headline-writing abilities and a keen sense of audience, SEO and design. While the ability to respond quickly to breaking news is a must, equally valuable is the skill to identify trending topics of high interest to audiences and provide counterprogramming with stories that offer a respite from the crush of breaking news. Interest in international news and growing global audiences is a plus.

Candidates should have at least five years of experience in journalism, preferably in a fast-paced digital environment and/or digital curation space, including but not limited to homepage, app and social media work. The editor must be a strong multitasker, keeping a close eye on analytics, social platforms and the competition.

This overnight position is eligible for remote work and includes weekend hours. Some restrictions on location may apply, but we will consider both U.S. candidates who are comfortable working overnight as well as international applicants who would be able to take advantage of their time zone.

Candidates should upload a résumé and cover letter detailing the strengths you would bring to this role to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 09/23/2022 will be prioritized. Address the cover letter to Night Homepage Editor Kim Walker and Curation Desk Editor Kenisha Malcolm.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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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