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March 23, 2018
Date Posted March 06, 2018
Industry Digital Media
Location Bethesda, Maryland
Job Status Full-time
Salary mid fifties to low seventies, depending on demonstrated past experience, skills, and seniority.
Website https://rewire.news


Manager, Media Outreach

Rewire (www.rewire.news) is a daily online publication for evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting on health, rights, and justice. Our work is based on the core role of journalism in a democratic society: to foster public knowledge and dispel misinformation on issues more commonly shrouded in misinformation and ideology. Rewire is an independent 501(c)(3) and an equal opportunity employer; we encourage applications from qualified individuals of all races, ethnic groups, and genders.


The Manager, Media Outreach will promote Rewire’s content to several core audiences—primarily to other media outlets (including print, broadcast, and online outlets), as well as to policymakers, researchers, lawyers, health providers, and advocates— through targeted marketing and by building key relationships.  The Manager, Media Outreach will also field press requests; promote Rewire staff as speakers and experts; and create and execute plans to increase visibility of Rewire’s content and brand with identified audiences. This position will initially report to Rewire’s VP of Development, but in the longer term will report to a future audience engagement team leader. 

The Manager, Media Outreach will:

  • Conceptualize, develop and execute a 12-month growth plan for identified audiences;

  • Work with editors and reporters to determine which articles, series, and issues to highlight and promote;

  • Build relationships with reporters, editorial writers, and columnists in broadcast, online, and print media and proactively pitch and promote Rewire articles and investigative research to other media outlets;

  • Proactively pitch Rewire staff and writers for media appearances to broadcast, cable news, and radio outlets;

  • Supervise and/or execute the writing, editing, and distribution of press releases, tip sheets, memos to editorial boards, and develop other materials as necessary;

  • Serve as the main point of contact with media for Rewire;

  • Track and maintain regular records of media outreach and coverage, media mentions, and links to Rewire’s work;

  • Stay up-to-date on news and news cycles and engage with editorial team on opportunities to  inform/shift/disrupt media framing of our core issues;

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with communications counterparts at other relevant entities;

  • Manage and track outputs of Rewire media partnerships across the country;

  • Work directly and collaboratively with multimedia and social media staff;

  • Carry out plans and tasks identified by evolving audience engagement strategies;

  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned and as the site and organization grow.


The ideal candidate for this position demonstrates:

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in communications, preferably for media/journalism entities or related to reproductive, racial, economic, and/or environmental justice;

  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal, presentation, and analytical skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to collaborate effectively within and among staff teams;

  • Extensive experience in working with new, social, and traditional media;

  • Proven experience in cultivating a media or similar outreach network;

  • Ability to work independently as well as participate on a team;

  • Demonstrated experience as a disciplined self-starter who can set and achieve goals and is comfortable working remotely;

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines;

  • Ability to work quickly and effectively in a fast-paced environment;

  • Comfort and skill at communicating with very diverse audiences.


Rewire is a virtual organization. Candidates must be resident in the DC Metro Area and have a home or other location with secure Internet access from which to work.


Rewire offers competitive compensation and a benefits package that includes a 401(k) plan with employer contributions; health and dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; vacation and sick leave; and employer-paid life insurance, AD&D, STD and LTD. Salary range: mid fifties to low seventies, depending on demonstrated past experience, skills, and seniority.


Applicants should check the Rewire jobs page to ensure that the position is still open prior to applying.

Please follow these instructions carefully. Qualified applicants should send an electronic package of materials to apply@rewire.news; no phone calls or emails to staff please. Please note: We CANNOT accept your application if it is not sent in the following format, and does not include the following materials.

  • Email subject line: MUST include the title of the position for which you are applying: Manager, Media Outreach.

  • Body of the email: The body of your email should be your cover letter, including a clear statement as to why you are interested in this position, why you want to work for Rewire, why you feel you are qualified, and a summary of your relevant experience. Please do not send the cover letter as an attachment.

  • Attachments: Please include a current resume, three writing samples, and three references able to speak to your skills and experience and who are willing to be contacted, including at least one reference that directly supervised your work.

We regret that we may not be able to reply to all applicants and that we cannot consider applicants who do not provide all the above information.

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