Pop Culture Editor

Washington, DC
Feb 06, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
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 seeks a pop culture editor to oversee coverage of the entertainment industry, with a primary focus on movies and television.

Working with staff writers and freelancers, this editor will assign stories based on both the release schedule and the news cycle. A given week might include editing a profile of an up-and-coming actress, analysis of the controversy surrounding a true-crime series, reporting from a celebrity trial, a review of a new TV series, an appreciation of a star who has recently died, and analysis of trends in the streaming business.

The ideal candidate will be able to toggle between longer enterprise features that develop over weeks or months and second-day stories that follow the news. Broad and deep knowledge of movies and television is required. Excellent line-editing skills and the ability to coach both experienced writers and those earlier in their careers are essential.

This role is based in The Post's Washington newsroom.

Interested applicants should upload a résumé, three work samples (as PDFs) and a cover letter describing their interest and experience 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 2/19/2023 will be prioritized. Cover letters should be addressed to Managing Editor Krissah Thompson, Executive Features Editor Ben Williams and Deputy Features Editor Mitch Rubin.

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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