G/O Media is the publisher of the web’s most original media brands, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel, Jalopnik, The Root, The Onion and The A.V. Club, and reaches over 120 million unique visitors a month—more than one-third of all Americans. We connect with the young, diverse audiences that are shaping our future. Through fearless journalism, provoking comedy, and high-impact storytelling, we elevate the stories and issues our readers and viewers are passionate about.
About the Role:
We are looking for a sharp writer with a strong voice and a keen eye for great stories that speak to the intersection of blackness and culture, politics, entertainment, and sports, among other pertinent issues. We need you to be able to quickly write clean, accurate news stories, find unique angles on the big narratives of the day, and craft original critiques on African American news and opinion that will speak to The Root’s dedicated audience. If you have a passion for “the culture” and want to write meaningful stories that move the needle on issues surrounding race, we want to hear from you.
The shifts for the position include Saturdays and Sundays (8 am to 2 pm ET). Because you’ll be the sole editorial contributor during the weekend shift, you’ll need to be a self-starter, well organized, with strong self-editing skills. There will also be opportunities to occasionally write some content during the week, including slideshows that focus on pop culture and entertainment.
You should have:
3+ years of online writing and reporting experience, preferably in politics, culture, entertainment or breaking news, preferably for an African American audience
A clear, authoritative writing voice and strong copy-editing skills
Strong headline-writing abilities and an eye for unique angles on the news
The ability to work well independently
Please apply with a resume, cover letter, and answer the job-specific questions below.
G/O Media is deeply committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment and people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are very strongly encouraged to apply. Our company-wide mission is to reach very diverse audiences and so, we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.
This position will be based in our New York office.