Digital Politics Editor

Posted: 10/17/2019

Location: Washington, D.C., Washington D.C.
Function: Marketing & Communications
Specialty: Digital Marketing, Web Production
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


NBC News Digital seeks a talented politics editor to join its team, with a focus on the 2020 election cycle. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

The successful candidate will be an ambitious, well-rounded journalist with several years of political editing experience. Having covered a previous presidential election cycle is a plus.

The position emphasizes handling 2020 campaign stories, but also includes the White House, Congress, Supreme Court, federal agencies and other general politics and governmental coverage.

The politics editor will work closely with the senior Washington editor in D.C., as well politics editors in New York. The politics editor also will collaborate with NBC’s extensive resources on its network and cable platforms.

The politics editor will be responsible for spot/breaking news and handling originally reported political enterprise pieces and news features.

For breaking news, the politics editor must have the ability to craft alerts in minutes and publish initial stories quickly; have a keen eye for ledes and the skill to write sharp headlines fast; know how to build out a story rapidly after first publication; and have a keen radar for spotting breaking political news and emerging story lines.

For enterprise stories, the politics editor should be a font of original story ideas to capture interesting trends and developments on the 2020 campaign trail and bring to the newsroom know-how on how to execute those stories in a timely fashion.

Job Duties:

Play a major role in NBC’s coverage of the 2020 election.

Work closely with the senior Washington editor and with editors and reporters in D.C. and New York to support their reporting and help make their stories better.

Become an integral member of a team of politics and news editors in D.C. and N.Y.

Handle breaking news and generate original story ideas and develop fresh angles for the big stories of the day.

Ensure the tone of and mix of stories is in line with NBC News Digital editorial strategy, and the voice and standards of NBC News Digital.

Share information and collaborate with all NBC News platforms in a timely fashion.

• An understanding of national campaigns and elections, including primaries and caucuses, debates and conventions, is a must. Planning and organizational skills are helpful; live blogging experience is a plus.
• Experience working with photo, video, data visualization, SEO, analytics, social and other digital departments.
• The ability to work fast and error free with grace under pressure. Multi-tasking required.
• 4 plus years of editing experience, some or all of it in politics.

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This position is represented by the NewsGuild-CWA.

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