Story Editor (Politics)

The Intercept (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 1 month ago

The Story Editor (Politics) handles breaking news, short-, and long-form articles from staff and freelancers for the website in accordance with the established editorial and style guidelines, ensures content and quality meet company standards and is in line with its mission.

The aim is that the story editor will develop a track record of assigning timely politics stories featuring aggressive reporting and bold analysis, develop deep specialization in areas relevant to The Intercept’s focus, and will direct coverage that has had a demonstrable impact on issues of vital public interest.

This position is recognized as part of the Writer’s Guild of America, East, Inc., “Union.”

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with staff reporters on a day-to-day basis, handle freelance pitches, and commission assignments
  • Ensure clean, accurate edit on quick turnaround when breaking news
  • Communicate with manager on progress of assignments, performance of reporters, and seek editorial and legal guidance on complex or sensitive editorial matters as needed
  • Negotiate and handle agreements with freelancers, in consultation with manager
  • Pay close attention to politics and the political news cycle
  • Respond to rapidly shifting priorities and demands based on news cycle and organizational needs
  • Work with art, photo, editor, and communications teams to produce a multimedia reader experience with impact
  • Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned

Depending on time and interest, the story editor may also:

  • Report and write investigative and/or short form articles
  • Develop sources
  • Juggle editing and reporting tasks

Background & Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience
  • Commitment to the journalistic mission of The Intercept
  • Good communication skills
  • The editor should pay careful attention to language, particularly when it comes to cliches and transitions
  • Ability to work well both on teams and independently, and receive constructive feedback
  • A familiarity with the contours of political debates in Washington
  • The candidate must recognize that journalists are not passive observers of politics, but necessarily are actors in that space by the very practice of journalism.
  • The ideal candidate should take themselves less seriously than they take their work.

About The Intercept
The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, and more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom and legal support they need to expose corruption and injustice wherever they find it.

About First Look Media
First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was created with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy. 

First Look Media is currently in the market with its flagship properties, The Intercept, Field of Vision, and the recently launched Topic SVOD service, and plans to continue expanding its mission of supporting independent voices via a variety of new brands, formats and platforms as well as through foundational technology helping creators and audiences develop, distribute, discover and connect with meaningful stories. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer — people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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