Deputy Democracy Editor

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Dec 02, 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 a nimble, creative journalist with outstanding news judgment to join its Democracy team as a deputy editor.

This editor will be responsible for overseeing a portfolio that includes the Fact Checker, a signature Washington Post franchise that holds the powerful to account and exposes the origins of misinformation. The job will also involve shepherding explanatory pieces that help our readers understand the mechanics of how American democracy works - or should work. And this editor will develop a new line of coverage that will identify solutions to the problems and threats that weigh on our democratic system, harnessing key forms of storytelling in the process.

The ideal candidate is an agile thinker who can help reporters identify consequential developments and refine their ideas, as well as a rigorous line editor with a zeal for fairness and accuracy. This editor must be effective at collaborating with colleagues within the Washington newsroom and across the country. The successful candidate must have strong organizational and planning skills and will be responsible for helping prepare the team for elections and other major news events.

A key aspect of this role will be helping reporters make complex ideas and concepts accessible, with the mission of expanding the reach of our democracy coverage. We are looking for someone who is quick-moving and deeply versed in how news is shared on social media platforms, with the ability to generate sharp ideas about how to connect with a young and diverse audience.

The Democracy team was created this year to centralize and expand our reporting on the battles over voting laws and access to the polls, the pressures on election systems nationwide and efforts to sow doubt about the outcome of the vote. The team is committed to telling incisive, original stories about the erosion of trust in public institutions, as well as giving readers the tools they need to be effective participants in the democratic process.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, résumé and five to seven examples of their work (as PDFs) to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 10/17/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Phil Rucker, Senior National Investigations Editor Peter Wallsten, Democracy Editor Griff Witte and Managing Editors Steven Ginsberg and Krissah Thompson.

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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