Managing Editor, National Journal Magazine

Nov 01, 2013
Dec 01, 2013
Ms. Human Resources
Full Time
About National Journal

For more than four decades, National Journal has been the trusted Washington source of information, insight, and analysis on the policy, politics, and people shaping the business of government and the agenda of the nation.

With its smart, substantive, nonpartisan viewpoint, National Journal has a standing meeting with the decision-making class, reaching key audiences on Capitol Hill, the White House, and with the influential private sector.

National Journal’s media portfolio includes 24/7 online coverage, a daily print chronicle of Congress, a forward-thinking weekly magazine, and live events delving into the latest policy challenges.

Job Description

National Journal seeks an innovative, high-energy journalist to help us produce the most-read, most-influential magazine on politics and policy in Washington. The ideal candidate will have top-tier editing chops, excellent news judgment and a proven track record of producing content that works seamlessly across platforms – from print to digital to video to social media.

The Managing Editor for National Journal magazine will work with the magazine’s Executive Editor and other senior newsroom leaders to shape the future of the magazine; manage a team of journalists; conceptualize and assign thought-leading stories on politics and policy and the culture of Washington; and edit both magazine-length features and shorter, front-of-the-book pieces.

Responsibilities Include:

•Setting high expectations for reporters to produce timely analysis and lively writing
•Staying on top of news developments and maintaining expertise in relevant topic areas
•Conceiving and editing stories for National Journal magazine
•Conceiving and selecting covers for National Journal magazine
•Managing the integration of graphics and photos with text
•Meeting deadlines for print production
•Assuming responsibilities of the Executive Editor when the editor is away
•Making freelance assignments

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

We're looking for someone who understands that the future of editorial content has no media boundaries. The successful candidate will demonstrate solid news judgment, an intuitive understanding of how readers consume news today, and a real interest in policy and politics.

Additional Requirements Include:

•Experience editing long-form journalism
•Ability to juggle multiple stories and deadlines
•A keen interest in politics and policy
•Strong story conceptualization skills
•Strong editing skills
•A strong work ethic and motivation to succeed
•A positive, good-natured, energetic attitude
•Strong leadership skills
•An ability to bring out the best in reporters
•A commitment to nonpartisan reporting and writing
•Attention to detail

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.

Atlantic Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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