Weekend Assignment Editor
Remote, United States
|Date Posted||July 27, 2022|
|Industry||Magazines / Publishing|
Title: Weekend Assignment Editor
Reports to: Managing Editor
Location: Remote, U.S.
Newsweek is seeking an experienced full-time assignment editor to join and lead our U.S. Weekend Team.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable pitching and assigning stories on a wide variety of subjects. We need someone who is comfortable leading and determining coverage on politics, crime, entertainment, health, business, and the environment, among other areas. Assigners on the digital Weekend Team must be able to utilize SEO tools and social media to identify unique angles that stand out in a crowded and competitive field.
The lead Weekend Assignment Editor should be able to not only put news events into a larger context, but also anticipate how the news cycle around a given subject will develop. Crucially, the person in this role must be able to provide guidance and constructive feedback to a team of young reporters. Managerial experience is a must.
This role involves working East Coast hours on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as some weekdays. While our global headquarters is located in New York, this position can be fully remote anywhere in the U.S.
Role and responsibilities
Manage a team of reporters across the United States covering national and international news, internet trends, and more.
Assign unique and timely stories that bring Newsweek to the forefront of the news conversations of the day.
Monitor social media and search trends to find and identify stories and topics of interest for a U.S. audience.
Commission and edit stories on a variety of subjects throughout the day.
Able to change direction quickly when reacting to breaking news.
Work closely with reporters to develop story ideas.
Make sure all stories have the best headlines, lead images, and related links for maximum impact.
Ensure that all reporters on the Weekend Team are meeting all expectations, including story counts, deadlines, and traffic goals.
At least five years of experience in journalism with some experience leading a team.
Comfortable working on stories across a range of subjects (crime, health, business, etc.)
Able to work weekends along with two or three weekdays.
The ability to work quickly while under pressure is essential.
Familiarity with using social media and Google trends.
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