Managing Editor

Progressive Media Outlet, Alexandria/Richmond/Charlottesville, Virginia

Date PostedMarch 14, 2019
IndustryDigital Media
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time

A new digital media outlet with a progressive focus is looking to hire a managing editor to launch and run a publication covering the issues important to voters in the 2019 Virginia state elections. This is a unique opportunity to help build a digital-first publication from the ground up, with potential to expand into other battleground states. The ideal candidate will have experience hiring and managing reporters, planning coverage and editing copy, and come with a deep knowledge of local Virginia politics.


-- Assign spot news and feature articles to reporters, targeting 2-3 pieces per day

-- Edit articles and post online

-- Work with video and design teams to develop creative that supports reporting (i.e. videos, infographics, data visualizations)

-- Coordinate and collaborate with local and national progressive groups operating in Virginia

-- Recruit talented reporters when needed


-- At least two years of editorial management experience, including planning coverage and editing articles

-- Strong knowledge of what is newsworthy and engaging to Virginia voters, and what will grab attention on social media

-- Commitment to facts and accuracy

-- Ability to work in a fast-paced news environment under tight deadlines

-- Solid judgment and the ability to frame a widely-covered story in a compelling way

-- Proficiency on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram preferred

-- Ability to work remotely in a virtual workspace

-- Work with political staff to identify top issues for coverage each week


Please submit resume, cover letter (it can be the text of the email, you do not need a seperate letter) and writing samples to with the subject line "Managing Editor Application." This will be a 3-month contract to start, with the potential to transition into a full-time job. Compensation is competitive.


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