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Media, Full Time    Washington, DC    Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020
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The Role 

BuzzFeed News is hiring a National Editor to oversee our coverage of government & politics, two teams with about 15 reporters & editors combined. You will have a vision for how BuzzFeed News can cover these essential beats, & will have a demonstrated knowledge of & commitment to covering issues of race & multiculturalism, especially Black peoples experience in America. The National Editor will be a newsroom leader, shaping BuzzFeed News overall, & will report directly to the Editor-in-Chief.

You will have a commitment to accountability journalism & empathetic reporting; a desire to publish scoops of facts & ideas; an understanding of how politics, culture, government & the internet converge; & a desire to work in a collaborative newsroom. You will be able to inspire your teams & make BuzzFeed Newss reporting stand out from the pack.

You will have deft news judgment & an ability to edit pieces both for impact & compelling narrative. Critically, you need to show a commitment to centering under-reported communities & voices, & to helping journalists build a diverse base of sources. You can vet articles with steely rigor & write with power & grace.

As a member of the news leadership team, this editor will be involved in newsroom-wide decisions, including discussions about tough journalism & management calls.

Finally: This is not any newsroom. This is BuzzFeed News. We are a team of dogged, creative, & nimble journalists who report to people on the internet, in the language of the internet. Our tagline, Reporting To You, reminds us of what & who were here for. This ethos helps us beat news organizations ten times our size.

And in a time when trust of the media is at an all-time low, we dont just ask our audience to trust us blindly: We show our work, & publish the receipts. You don't have to trust us that a secret, dossier about Trump, full of unverified & even false claims, was circulating among the highest levels of government; we published it. You dont have to trust us that the British press has been harsher on Meghan Markle than Kate Middleton; we have side-by-side comparisons of 20 headlines that make it crystal clear. We report aggressively about politics and government no matter what side of the aisle the subject is on. We understand the internet is not separate from real life, & that stories about what happens online are just as important as those about problematic police unions or scientific studies or the dark side of a beloved charity. And we expose & debunk misinformation & falsehoods.

We are committed to diversity in the people we write about, the audience we serve, & the talented people we call our colleagues. Identity is not a beat to us; its intertwined in every story we write.

The politics & government desks have reporters in DC, New York, & Ohio. You can be based in DC, New York, or LA, or possibly even other cities but when we can travel again, you would have to spend time in DC regularly. 

You will have at least 10 years experience as a reporter and/or editor covering government and/or politics, with experience covering their intersection with race in America. Editing experience is not mandatory, but encouraged. A clear & dynamic vision is required.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, & three stories youve edited, explaining how you edited them. If you have not edited, submit three stories youve written. You may be asked to write a memo responding to several questions & to take an edit test.

Life at BuzzFeed

At BuzzFeed, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, BuzzFeed celebrates inclusion & is committed to equal opportunity employment. At BuzzFeed, you can expect:

  • A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions
  • Opportunities for personal & professional growth via work experience, offerings from our in-house Learning @ BuzzFeed team, our Employee Resource Groups, & more
  • An attractive & equitable compensation package, including salary & stock options
  • A generous & well-rounded benefits program featuring PTO, unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym & wellness discounts, & much more
  • Plenty of snacks (healthy & indulgent), catered lunches, beverages, etc..

BuzzFeed is the worlds leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news & entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company aims to spread truth & joy across the internet by producing articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the worlds largest social food network; original reporting & investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing & product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; & original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film & digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios. 

BuzzFeed is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, & will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category.

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