Medium's mission is to help people deepen their understanding of the world & discover ideas that matter. We are building a place where ideas are judged on the value they provide to readers, not the fleeting attention they can attract for advertisers. We are creating the best place for reading & writing on the internet-a place where today's smartest writers, thinkers, experts, & storytellers can share big, interesting ideas.
Medium is looking for an experienced editor to commission & edit bold, attention-grabbing personal essays & perspectives for Human Parts, one of our owned & operated publications. This person has an eye for uniquely-told human interest stories, & a knack for drawing out the details that make a story sing. They're both a champion for underrepresented voices & perspectives, & have working relationships with a broad swath of notable writers & creators. They edit with empathy & have superb judgment when dealing with sensitive topics.
This person must love to read & have a sixth sense for what other people want to read. They will commission essays by known & unknown writers & artists, bringing stories & perspectives that are not being seen elsewhere. Medium isn't where readers will find exploitative or generic personal essays; instead, we're looking for smart, experimental human interest stories on topics like mental health, relationships, spirituality, & identity.
The right person for this role has several years of experience commissioning & editing first-person narratives, a roster of freelance writers who can pitch & execute, & big ideas with the follow-through to bring them to fruition.
This editor has an eye for quality, is intellectually curious, & displays excellent judgment when commissioning & editing personal essays.