BuzzFeed is the worlds leading independent digital media & tech company, with a cross-platform news & entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally & spreads Joy & Truth across the internet.
Our portfolio of brands are household names that people rely on to inform & entertain, including: BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed News, Tasty, Nifty, Bring Me, Cocoa Butter, Pero Like, Worth It, & Unsolved to name a few! These properties & their Creators reach over 134M people a month through articles, lists, videos, animations, quizzes, podcasts, original series, newsletters & more.
BuzzFeed News is hiring an editor for a new brand, tentatively called The Upside, focused on reporting & writing inspiring, funny, & uplifting news from the internet & society at large. BuzzFeed believes in spreading truth & joy, & The Upside team will publish rigorously reported journalism at the intersection of both of those virtues.
To start, you will hire one reporter to the team. You will manage the daily & long-term editorial strategy by writing, editing, assigning, & brainstorming pieces, & making sure all relevant articles from your team & the broader newsroom are tagged under the brand. Critically, you will think about audience (understanding what is & is not resonating with our readers) & revenue (how direct-sold advertising & programmatic revenue help create a sustainable business) all while remaining editorially independent & upholding rigorous journalistic standards.
This is a fixed-term role with full benefits & a great salary for a 12-month period. It could convert into a full-time position, & we will be clear & transparent from the outset about outlining success metrics & the path to a permanent position.
You will have a lot of room to determine what The Upsides coverage should look like. What has worked for us in the past is coverage of inspiring people, genuinely funny events, the very best of social media, & compelling photo posts. Find feel-good stories that our readers will be compelled to share because it makes them laugh, cry, or feel impassioned. What the coverage should not include are stories masquerading as uplifting news that are actually just putting a positive spin on societys systemic issues this includes flowery reports about companies, millionaires, or their products or donations; or tone-deaf reports that seemingly highlight an act of kindness but ignore systemic social issues.
You will work with BuzzFeed News editors focused on social news on editorial strategy, & with partners throughout BuzzFeed on editorial, business, & product strategy.
This position is open to journalists who do not have editing or managing experience but know that's a career path they want to move into. You also don't need to have experience with the business side of journalism, but you have to be eager to embrace & understand it. It can be based in either New York or Los Angeles.
To make sure The Upside editor is set up properly, we'll have conversations about goals & what it means to succeed in this role at BuzzFeed News with finalists for this position.
- Write, edit, assign, & brainstorm engaging, timely, & evergreen articles about inspiring news events & people who are genuinely uplifting.
- Be able to speak the language of the internet
- Be on top of the news, culture, & conversation on social media around your subject matter
- Hire & manage a team of one that has the potential to expand
- Work with people around BuzzFeed to ensure the team is a sustainable business
- Make sure the right pieces are tagged to The Upside vertical
- Embrace & understand reader metrics
- Edit copy for sensitivity, accuracy, inclusiveness, & authority without losing tone or voice
Please include a resume; either writing or editing clips; and, if you wish, a brief cover letter. We may ask some applicants to respond to specific questions in a brief memo outlining their strategy for this role, & take an editing test.
All job applications must be received through the official BuzzFeed Jobs board (https://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs), including referrals. It is BuzzFeed's practice to not schedule job interviews until after an application is submitted through our jobs board.
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 & benefits package
- 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.