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Editorial Page Writer

Los Angeles Times, El Segundo, California

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Date Posted July 08, 2020
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Editorial
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.latimes.com

Description:

The Editorial Page is seeking to hire a full-time member of the editorial board.

This person will join a team of writers and editors who meet several times a week to determine and articulate the editorial positions of the newspaper. As we say in our mission statement: “On the editorial page, the newspaper sets aside its objective news-gathering role to join its readers in a dialogue about important issues of the day — to exhort, explain, deplore, mourn, applaud or champion, as the case may be.”

As with most roles in the newsroom, this is a multimedia, multiplatform job. An editorial writer's job is to conceive and shape editorials, defend them before the board, and to report and write them – but also to write for our blog and to devise digital projects that expand on the concept of the traditional editorial.

The ideal candidate is both a clear thinker and a powerful writer, intrigued by the challenge of squeezing complex arguments into a short space. Editorials require nuance and logic and intellectual honesty, but they also need to be authoritative, passionate and engaging. Opinion blog posts require cleverness, news judgment and a lively writing style, but they also demand clarity of thought.

The board forges its opinions as a team, so we’re looking for someone who is articulate, open-minded, flexible and collegial.

Qualifications:

This position is classified as Editorial Page Writer in the Los Angeles Times News Guild. Times staffers are currently working remotely, but when we return to the newsroom this position will be based in El Segundo, Calif.

Qualified applicants should upload a resume, cover letter and work samples to Editorial Page Editor Sewell Chan at the apply link. Please note, the opportunity to attach additional documents appears on the third screen and is labeled “Upload.”

 

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