News and Politics Editor

Jewish Currents, Brooklyn, New York

Date Posted September 08, 2020
Industry Magazines / Publishing
Specialty National/World News
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Telecommute
Salary Negotiable
Website https://jewishcurrents.org/

Description:

Jewish Currents is seeking a News and Politics Editor to develop and execute a comprehensive news, investigations, and analysis program to complement the magazine’s cultural, literary, and feature work. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, clips, and a resume to hires@jewishcurrents.org.

The ideal candidate will join the management team and drive long-form investigations, supervising a staff of two which is expected to grow, as well as turn around sharp, timely articles that make essential interventions in the news cycle. Jewish Currents occupies a unique space between news outlet and journal, and publishes at a rate of one or two articles daily; we are seeking a person with a vision for achieving maximum impact at this pace. We are building a model where every piece counts, and has lasting value beyond its peg. The right person will have a strong sense for how to assign and supervise limited staff capacity, given the leading stories of the day and our unique positioning in the media landscape. This editor will supervise a team of at least two news and analysis-oriented staff members; we seek someone who can help mentor and lead them, and expand our stable of freelance contributors. 

The News and Politics Editor should come with fresh ideas to drive our coverage, break news, and set an agenda. They should be as gifted at story ideation and curation as they are at working with text on the page—from finding and refining the argument and structure of a given piece, to working closely with language at the line level. This job will include becoming an expert in the issues we cover, and representing the magazine in public appearances as necessary. Jewish Currents covers a wide variety of topics, including Israel/Palestine, antisemitism, US politics, labor, movement politics, race, immigration, and the climate crisis. 

Responsibilities

•    Work with the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher, the management team, to deliver and execute a comprehensive news, investigations, and analysis program.
•    Supervise staff of two (and growing) with hire fire authority
•    Assign and supervise stories and narrative pressure points that we’d like to “own” as a magazine and develop plans for bringing them into the public sphere
•    Work with the EIC to identify an investigation for every issue of the print magazine, keeping in mind relevant themes, etc.
•    Supervise and sign off on all content in your program area, delegating to junior and senior staff as needed.
•    Top-edit a majority of articles in your program area.
•    Assign and supervise fact-checking and copy editing for content in your program area as needed.
•    Consult on and assist in coordinating art and photography for larger pieces as needed.
•    Coordinate and communicate with staff and stakeholders regarding the above goals.
•    Recruit, commission, supervise, and manage writers and reporters, both on staff and freelance.
•    Assist Publisher in raising funds for editorial projects as needed.
•    Comply with media law and ethical guidelines.
•    Meet deadlines and budget requirements.
•    Grow our organization.

Requirements

•    5+ years of professional experience, including at least 3 years in a newsroom-like environment.
•    Supervisory/ management experience.
•    Competency with core elements of reporting and investigations including source cultivation, security, research, and more.
•    Excellent editorial skills.
•    Experience developing organizational structures and managing a team.
•    Strong sense of the most important story, and a hunger to both make and shape news cycles.
•    An established reputation in key areas of focus.
•    Ability to articulate our vision and our work to donors, grantors, strategic partners, and as a participant on forums, panels, and in other media.
•    Natural leadership qualities and a collaborative spirit.
•    Ability to work remotely.

Compensation

•    $70,000 yearly salary
•    Great benefits package
•    Substantial content budget

Jewish Currents is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Jewish Currents is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Jewish Currents are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, creed/religion, disability, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran or military service member status, familial status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic information, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law. Jewish Currents will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We highly encourage individuals from marginalized groups of any kind to apply.

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