Editor, NationalJournal.com - National Journal

Jan 16, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Ms. Human Resources
Full Time
Atlantic Media is looking for a superior journalist to oversee digital strategy and execution for National Journal, one of the most respected editorial brands in Washington. The editor is responsible for strategic direction as well as day-to-day operations of the site, with the goal of creating intelligent content that attracts a large audience inside and outside the Beltway. The editor brings to the job outstanding leadership skills, digital experience, and knowledge of national politics and policy.

This posting coincides with a major initiative to broaden the site’s audience. National Journal has a well-earned reputation for delivering high-value information to a Beltway readership through its weekly magazine, daily news products, and members-oriented web site. As we expand the digital operation, we are building a large site, without paywall, aimed at readers nationwide who are eager to understand how Washington does – and does not – work.

Basic Responsibilities:

•Oversee a dedicated staff of two dozen reporters, writers, editors, and producers.
•Lead the site’s coverage of Washington, providing news, analysis, and commentary on the most important topics of the day.
•Conceive and articulate vision and goals to the staff.
•Work with Atlantic Media leadership on digital strategies to grow a national audience and engage more deeply with readers.
•Foster a digitally savvy, analytics-driven culture, modeling best practices on social media, search optimization, and content partnerships.
•Work in close collaboration with teams from sales, marketing, membership, product, and technology to achieve National Journal goals.
•Work with editors of other Atlantic Media properties to achieve company goals and share best digital practices
•Present to Atlantic Media executives on activities and accomplishments related to the site.
•Build new features and devise new strategies as required to
meet editorial and business objectives.
•Represent National Journal’s digital strategy and editorial operations to internal and external audiences.
•Stay abreast of news developments and maintain expertise in national politics and policy.
•Stay abreast of emerging technology and newest ways of presenting content online.


•A minimum of 8+ years of journalism experience driving coverage in a news environment, preferably on a high-velocity, digital platform.
•Deep understanding of political journalism, preferably through experience as a writer and/or editor of Washington stories.
•Demonstrated success in using social media to expand distribution.
•Familiarity with web analytics and web design.

Profile of the Ideal Candidate:

• Creative, energetic, resourceful, collaborative, detail-oriented, entrepreneurial, high integrity, sense of humor
• Experience launching a successful digital journalism site/product
• Experience in strategic planning
• Strong operational and execution skills
• Strong leadership skills, with demonstrated success managing up, down, and sideways
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• Deep understanding of the key drivers of Web traffic, including roles played by quality content, social media, search, and syndication
• High emotional intelligence; someone who is aggressive enough to push for cultural change yet diplomatic enough to get it done
• Big picture, but also able to be hands-on
• Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines
• A keen interest in politics and policy
• A strong work ethic and motivation to succeed
• A positive, good-natured attitude
• A commitment to nonpartisan reporting and writing

Core Attributes:

•Force of Ideas - At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
•Spirit of Generosity - Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.

To apply, please visit us online at www.atlanticmedia.com.

Atlantic Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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