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Politics and Society Editor

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Academic rigor, journalistic flair

Independence, public service, integrity and trustworthiness are the most important values at The Conversation U.S. They are what have made us successful with readers, republishers and funders. They are woven into the workings of the newsroom at every level.

The Politics & Society Desk at The Conversation U.S. covers politics from a public interest perspective. We cover government and how it works, why it was set up that way and what the effects are for individual people, members of various demographic groups and the nation as a whole. We help readers understand American democracy: what values and ideals Americans claim to uphold, the processes by which they seek to do that, and whether they succeed or fall short.

We are an independent, nonprofit media organization that publishes daily news analysis and commentary written by academics, edited by journalists and aimed at the general public. Our team of journalists works with academics across the U.S. to help the general public make sense of important news. We take our work seriously, but we also offer a fun and flexible work culture with great benefits and lots of opportunity to shine.

We will consider candidates in locations across the U.S. We currently have offices in Boston and New York and can offer a hybrid of in-person and work-from-home for candidates in those cities.

The Conversation is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups – including those who are Black, Latinx, Asian American, Native and LGBTQ or armed services veterans – to apply to join our team.

Every TC editor is expected to:

  • Understand and embrace our mission.
  • Commission and edit stories for their desk, including photo research.
  • Have the news judgment to generate ideas for stories as well as the knowledge to seek out meaningful new research, helping us meet our double aspirations of reacting to the news with original insight and context and setting the agenda by covering new ideas.
  • Support editorial colleagues by communicating and collaborating with them.
  • Work with scholar-authors to structure stories, simplify research without losing nuance, line-edit copy into plain English, and fact-check (this includes being on the lookout for any conflicts of interest).
  • Attend daily news meetings as well as monthly planning and staff meetings.
  • Learn and apply our house style.
  • From time to time, coordinate series across desks.
  • Participate in The Conversation’s public outreach, including running training sessions for scholars and participating in conferences.

Key responsibilities of this position:

  • Commission and edit 3-4 clear, thoughtful and important news articles each week, working with scholars to bring their expertise to the public in the form of expert analysis and explanatory journalism.
  • Help maintain The Conversation’s high standards by editing the work of other editors.
  • Identify scholars in member universities and cultivate their enthusiasm to write for The Conversation.
  • Create and maintain timely and professional communications with scholars and member university communications teams.
  • Assess and give substantive feedback to scholars’ story ideas.
  • Keep abreast of both current and emerging news, ideas and trends in government and politics.
  • Conduct outreach to universities as requested.
  • Attend 1-2 relevant conferences a year.

Job requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of journalism experience, including at least two years or more editing experience, preferably in a daily news environment.
  • Experience covering government and politics.
  • Highly organized, articulate, meticulous and insightful editor with the ability to meet fast-paced daily deadlines, manage multiple tasks and work as part of a diverse collaborative team with high editorial and ethical standards
  • A sense of humor and the ability to work as a team player.
  • The ability to quickly grasp the deeper meaning and context behind political developments and trends.
  • An understanding of the crucial difference between opinion and analysis.
  • Ability to be highly productive while working independently and remotely
  • Skilled at developing story ideas of interest to the public
  • Experience in online content production
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A commitment to strong journalistic ethics.

Salary: $75,000 to $80,000

Benefits: 401(k) matching, PTO, sick days, health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, parental leave, vision insurance, paid holidays

To apply for this job: Send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you want to work for The Conversation to with the words “Politics and Society Editor” in the subject line.

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