Who we are

Semafor is a global news platform for an increasingly complex world in which consumers are overwhelmed by too many news sources and unsure what to trust. We are building Semafor from the ground up to enable world-class journalists to deliver reporting and insights with rigor in journalistic forms that ensure a new level of transparency. Our editors will distill the most important stories from all over in formats that uncover the forces shaping the stories, explain the interests behind polarizing narratives, and replenish the stock of shared facts. As a global platform, Semafor recognizes that smart people can disagree and that informed readers need to understand alternative points of view from competing centers of power and culture in a multi-polar world. Our ambitions are large, but we’re going to start small. We intend to launch in just two markets globally, learn from our experiences, and grow deliberately. Want to join us? Read on. 


Position: Editorial Assistant

Location:  New York (Onsite)

Status: Full-time W-2

Reports To: Executive Editor


About this Role

The Editorial Assistant position is an operations-focused role based in New York City that will report to Executive Editor, Gina Chua. Semafor is looking for someone passionate about ambitious, fast-paced journalism, interest and experience in the field, and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and do the most basic tasks necessary to help build a new, globally focused news organization.

The New York-based role will focus on setting up, supporting, and expanding our editorial support infrastructure. The main tasks of the position will be providing key support for the production of newsletters and website operations, including working on the CMS, visual asset production, proofreading, and so on.  Other responsibilities will include working on newsroom administration such as logistics, scheduling, and management of newsroom files, information, tools and subscriptions.  

The successful candidate must be both meticulous and diligent, have a strong sense of initiative, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.  The position calls for someone who can work well and coordinate across disparate teams, both within the newsroom and the rest of the company. This person will also be expected to contribute to other editorial and strategic activities as needed.  It is ideally suited for a hardworking, ambitious journalist excited about a career path in newsroom operations and management. 

What makes you qualified

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience, ideally in media businesses, or relevant academic experience
  • Journalism skills and ambition, especially in fast-paced breaking news and exclusives, and ideally with international languages, experience and perspectives; at least intermediate proficiency in a language other than English would be an advantage
  • Eagerness to be part of a dynamic work environment demanding initiative, flexibility and a willingness to jump in wherever needed to help the team succeed
  • A strong work ethic, attention to detail and sense of responsibility and a high level of initiative
  • Ability to think and communicate concisely at macro and micro levels, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with diverse teams with teammates from many different backgrounds.
  • Clear experience in framing and and contributing to editorial strategies which drive high-impact outcomes. 
  • An entrepreneurial drive grounded in an eagerness to learn and grow alongside the newsroom as it continues to scale and evolve.
  • Passion for the media industry and great journalism.



The base salary for this position at the time of posting will range from $60,000.00 - $85,000.00 USD. Individual compensation varies based on job related factors, including business needs, experience, level of responsibility, and qualifications.

Additional job details

Comprehensive employee benefits: unlimited PTO, medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, flexible spending, health savings accounts, life insurance, 401(k), pre-Tax commuter benefits. (Benefits programs vary by country and are subject to eligibility requirements)

Semafor, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. Semafor, Inc. will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law

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