The Outline is looking for a full-time senior editor to define and lead coverage of all things culture, from music to entertainment to fashion, as well as the people and institutions that shape and decide what culture looks like and how it manifests.
The Outline’s culture section produces stories about people, ideas, and cultural products that reveal more about the way we live today. These stories can take any format: topical interviews, reported features, critical essays, photo projects, etc. But most importantly — whether they are about a new musical genre in Cuba, an old fashion brand being worn in surprising new ways, or an emerging trend in landscaping — they should be sharp, interesting, informative, and relevant.
We are a new publication, and we're looking for a creative thinker excited at the prospect of helping define our approach to this coverage and our voice as an outlet.
You will be responsible for setting the tone on culture coverage, managing staff writers and freelance writers, and assigning daily stories as well as longer-lead pieces.
You should have experience working in the 24/7 news cycle and a ridiculous amount of excitement and energy. Enterprise ideas as well as new angles on existing stories come easily to you. You are extremely familiar with the way news travels on the web and social networks, both as a consumer and as a creator. You are organized. You won't be editing a piece every half an hour, but you should be comfortable with a high volume on busy days. You should also be excited about the possibilities that come from working with highly skilled and agile teams for audio, video, design, and product.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of experience editing full time for a national publication, working entirely or predominantly online, as well as demonstrated expertise in one or more areas that could be considered culture coverage. This person must be ready to edit multiple pieces a day, be respectful and pleasant to coworkers while working in a fast-paced newsroom, and have experience managing a team.
An eye for design, familiarity with photo editing tools, and knowledge of HTML and / or other languages is a huge plus. Essentially: Be comfortable in a very modern environment. We built a really cool system at The Outline for breaking down stories to their core elements. You should be able to not only see interesting angles into the news of the day, but help our team find creative ways of expressing those angles with our technology.
Must love squiggles.
This is a full-time position in New York City.