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Publication or Company The Airship
Job Title Senior Editor
Industry Internet/Online/New Media
Salary Competitive
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location New York, NY
Job Requirements Black Balloon Publishing is hiring a Senior Editor for The Airship, an arts- and culture-focused blog. This is a full-time, salaried position.

Applicants are required to have have 3-5 years of experience in web-based publishing, demonstrated expertise in syndication, SEO, and content strategy, and existing relationships with freelance writers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Edit 20 pieces of shorter content per week and 3-4 asset-rich long-form stories per month

  • Generate story ideas, headlines, packages, event ideas, and syndication strategies

  • Recruit and hire freelance writers and stringers

  • Write compelling copy for landing pages, packages, and monthly newsletters

  • Implement engagement strategies as directed

  • Managing an associate editor, interns, and freelancers

  • Coordinate design strategies and assets for asset-rich content

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a clean and concise editing style

  • Is passionate and knowledgeable about contemporary culture, history, social sciences, and literature, and has a strong editorial and journalistic sensibility

  • Can write headlines that are clicky and thought-provoking, but never linkbaity

  • Knows the difference between an economical, creative dek and a boring, spamtacular summary

  • 3-5 years of experience in web-based publishing

  • Demonstrated expertise in syndication, SEO, and content strategy

  • Has strong existing relationships with freelance writers and editors

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

Print-only resumes need not apply: if you do not have at least 3 years experience at a web-based publication, this will not be a good fit. The Airship was launched on March 4th, 2013 and we would love for it to grow into the thoughtful, creative, beloved publication we know it can be. If you have a passion for cultural journalism and know how to use the medium of the web to make each and every story stronger, this position may be ideal for you.

Salary is based on experience, and competitive with most major outlets. Our offices are located in downtown Manhattan, and our building has free coffee, free beer, pinball machines, and a Sega Genesis for blowing off steam. We are also conveniently located near a ping-pong social club (King Pong) if, like us, you are often too tired to play squash.

About Our Company Black Balloon Publishing is an independent press headquartered in New York City. Our books evolve beyond the printed page and break the boundaries of what a book can be; we champion the weird, the unwieldy, and the unclassifiable. Our books have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, Bon Appetit, Esquire, and on NPR, among others.

We are devoted to works that sing, shout, and come alive through both print and digital mediums, and we’re also the publisher of The Airship, an arts & culture-focused blog updated several times daily.
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