Managing Editor, The Root

Slate Magazine
Aug 23, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Digital Media
Full Time
About Us:

The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. Over eighty percent of its two million monthly visitors possess a college degree or higher and identify with being part of the Obama Generation. Founded in 2008, under the leadership America's foremost public intellectual, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a better-educated and more diverse America. The Root is a subsidiary of The Slate Group, owned by The Washington Post Company. Visit us at, on Twitter @TheRoot247 and on Facebook.

Do you want to build the #1 African American news site in the country?
Are you excited about winning the news cycle everyday?
Are you passionate about the news and how it affects African Americans?

If so, there might be a great fit for you at The Root.


* Creating and leading the editorial vision for the site.
* Scheduling and directing the conception, assigning, editing and publishing of content for the site.
* Identifying freelance writers and other contract editorial support.
* Directing communications between editorial support staff and freelance contributors.
* Acting as the liaison and editorial decision maker for the site with other departments including PR, Marketing, Sales, Legal and HR.
* Representing the site to external organizations including public forums, panels and guest appearances.


* Passionate about news and how it affects African Americans.

* Able to set forth a vision for the role of black media in the 21st century.

* Invigorated by a demanding environment that requires copious attention to detail and prolific daily output.

* Excellent writing and editing skills, and demonstrated ability to conceive of and execute creative editorial projects.

* Have 5+ years experience editing and producing in a competitive news environment. Digital experience is a must.

* Well-versed in the use of Content Management Systems to use photos, infographics, embedded videos, hyperlinks, headlines and sub-headlines to enhance reader engagement.

* Excited by the prospect of engaging with and fostering debate among readers who comment on news stories.

* Comfortable in a diverse environment of high achieving professionals looking to win the day, everyday.

* A self-motivated individual who takes great pride in delivering high quality work product.

* Strong leadership abilities, including the skills and attitude necessary to motivate a team.


Health Benefits, 401(k), pensions

Working with smart & social colleagues

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a cover letter to be considered.

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