BuzzFeed is the worlds leading tech-powered, diversified media company that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally through its cross-platform news & entertainment network. The company produces 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 & HuffPost; an industry-leading affiliate business, strategic partnerships, licensing & product development through BuzzFeed Commerce; & original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film & digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios.
BuzzFeed News is hiring a Deputy News Director on its Breaking news team to help lead its coverage of the biggest news of the day & week, may they be happening online or IRL.
The deputy news director role is one of the most dynamic at BuzzFeed News. It involves assigning coverage, line editing, big picture editing, developing coverage strategy & story ideas, managing & developing a team of reporters, helping launch new initiatives for the Breaking team at large, & serving as a leader for other desks around the newsroom.
In one week you could be at the helm of our coverage of a devastating hurricane, the next week you could be guiding reporters on the ground for a series of pieces on a building collapse, the next you could be navigating coverage of the latest meme, the next you could be shepherding an investigation into working conditions on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
Throughout it all, the deputy director should be comfortable guiding coverage in the moment & advancing the sharp & thoughtful questions & angles that could lead to exclusive, creative, or truly distinct coverage. This desk is smart about the pitfalls of breaking news reporting in the internet age such as running too quickly with assumptions & this editor should be able to avoid them.
The deputy director has to develop a strong sense of the BuzzFeed News reader, & how we serve them, balancing the news of the day with the news of the week & month. What story is one-and-done? What needs followup? What needs a drumbeat of reporting? What should be a deeper dive?
The person also has to embrace BuzzFeed Newss voice we dont mince words, we speak the language of the internet, & we can be witty & funny.
The deputy director will report to the Breaking News Co-Director, & will manage several reporters on the breaking news desk. The schedule for this role is Tuesday through Saturday on the weekend, the deputy director will be in the critical position of being the leader of the newsroom, making coverage decisions & deciding how BuzzFeed News should spend its resources.
This editor will often be the only layer between copy that is filed & published. Therefore the editor needs strong line editing skills, or the ability & desire to develop them, knowing how to edit for grammar, clarity, accuracy, & the most engaging language possible.
The deputy director will need to be an empathetic & candid manager who is supportive of staff & is dedicated to growing their careers. They should be able to communicate with reports about the things that are working & the things that are not working, & to address the latter issues head-on & find solutions. They should think of management holistically, building a strong relationship with the security team, legal team, & other resources to make sure we can support BuzzFeed Newss journalists fully.
The deputy director will be expected to speak up & share coverage ideas in team & newsroom coverage discussions, & will need to be proactive about assigning coverage.
We at BuzzFeed News recognize that not every candidate will come in with fully developed skills in editing, managing, & coverage strategy building the skills for a long career is a lifelong process. We will work with the successful candidate to identify their strong areas & to amplify them, & to identify their areas of improvement & to improve upon them.
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, including referrals. It is BuzzFeed's practice to not schedule job interviews until after an application is submitted through our jobs board.
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 through 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 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.
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.