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
The ideal candidate is intellectually curious and politically minded across a variety of stories and content: able to locate and expound on the racial dynamics in a new Disney movie and editorially eviscerate a travel ban. Staff writers are expected to contribute daily to The Root's news effort while also working on long-form features, Q&As, and investigative pieces. Candidates should be comfortable pitching editors in real-time, while also generating longer lead ideas and angles for stories that arise.
The ideal candidate will:
Have 2-3 years’ experience in a fast-paced digital publication
Be capable of turning around around stories ranging from aggregated news blogs to investigative features at a quick pace
Respond nimbly to news and cultural events with tonally appropriate stories
Be able to turn a straight news story into copy that reflects a strong Root voice and point of view
Be able to edit and report on a landscape of gender—including non-binary identities
Be familiar with the The Root voice and audience
G/O Media is deeply committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment, and people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are 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 is a position covered under the collective bargaining agreement with the WGA-E.