VIBE: Hip-Hop Reporter

Penske Media Corporation, Los Angeles, CA USA

Content is the cornerstone to all we do, and our audience is why we do it.

Salary: Base + Benefits +401-k

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time

VIBE is looking to add an exceptional Hip-Hop Reporter to its growing team. Since the early ‘90s, VIBE has been an authoritative voice, celebrating and reporting on the Black experience and its multi-cultural impact on Music, TV/Film, Fashion, and Lifestyle. VIBE is about the message, the mood, and the movement that informs and inspires the masses.

We are seeking an experienced Hip-Hop Reporter with a passion for the genre’s culture and its global impact. This person stays ahead of the curve on trends, talent, and hot topics while being able to build the bridge between hip-hop’s past, present, and future. It’s more than just beats and bars.

This individual’s mission will be to convey the stories that need to be told by way of analyzing, critiquing, educating, and informing our audience. Based in either NYC or LA, the Hip-Hop Reporter will report to the Senior Music Editor.

What You’ll Do:

  • Write accurate and concise music-related news articles with a sense of urgency
  • Ideate original content (lists, galleries, profiles, etc.) around hip-hop culture and related topics
  • Conduct interviews with subjects in and connected to the hip-hop space
  • Contribute to award show coverage of performances and our commentary around them
  • Utilize investigative reporting skills and network to break news and secure exclusives
  • Review albums, cover notable live music concerts, events, and festivals
  • Collaborate with VIBE’s editorial and video team on original content and projects
  • Represent the brand at music industry conferences, events, and on press/media platforms as needed


  • 4+ years of experience as a writer
  • Strong relationships and contacts within the music industry
  • Possesses an affinity for developing and executing a story idea, from start to finish
  • Solid familiarity with VIBE’s history in the coverage of hip-hop and R&B is preferred
  • Background in reporting and writing in a breaking news environment a plus

It’s all About You

At PMC, your wellness is top of mind. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to nurture you and your loved ones, including pets! Our package includes Healthcare (medical, dental, and vision) HSA with an employer contribution, FSA (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter), EAP, Life Insurance, 401K with an employer match, Paid Parental Leave, Long-term Disability, generous Paid Time off (PTO), Pet Insurance, and Home & Auto insurance. Our Wellness initiatives rotate yoga, meditation, wellness weeks on a variety of topics, and financial wellness. We continuously elevate our offerings with more, for you.

About VIBE:

Founded by Quincy Jones in 1992, VIBE is a music, entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle platform that tackles topics within the urban community while pushing the conversation and cultural needle forward. With a diverse, global audience and a 29-year-plus legacy, VIBE stands as one of the leading and credible voices featuring expertly written and curated editorial within the media industry.

About PMC:

PMC is a leading independent global media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a passionate monthly audience of more than 310 million. Since 2004, Penske Media has been a pioneer in digital media and a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens across its ever-growing constellation of iconic brands, which includes Deadline, Variety, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, VIBE, WWD, SHE Media, Robb Report, Sportico, BGR, ARTnews, Art in America, Fairchild Media, and, among many others. It’s most recent acquisitions in music festivals such as Life is Beautiful and strategic investments into SXSW all point to massive growth. PMC’s journalists and content creators deliver daily the most comprehensive news and information in their industries and areas of coverage, unequaled in ambition, depth and courage. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 14 countries worldwide, PMC believes companies should not only be profitable but also forces for good. To learn more about PMC, our 2% Foundation, and our portfolio of brands, please visit

About Penske Media Corporation

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 260 million a month and reaches users in more than 175 countries as well as a collective 390 million social media followers. The company houses a constellation of globally prominent and legendary brands, including Variety, Rolling Stone,, WWD, Robb Report, SHE Media, BGR, IndieWire, Beauty Inc, Sourcing Journal, TVLine, FN, BlogHer, HollywoodLife, Gold Derby, and SPY. PMC delivers exceptional content to consumers, business leaders and organizations around the world across multiple platforms: digital, mobile, social, print, video, broadcast, and dynamic live events. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global leaders and influencers are informed, connected, and inspired.

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