City Paper is hiring an editor to lead our local D.C. newsroom, setting the tone and editorial agenda for the paper and managing a staff of 10 people, which includes a local news team of two, an arts team of two, a food editor, a sports editor, a creative director, and a photographer, as well as a robust freelancer network. The paper has been expanding its full-time and freelance editorial staff and intends to continue expanding over time.
The editor oversees the production of a weekly print paper as well as a constant flow of online articles.
We’re seeking an editor who will be a champion for the paper both inside and outside of the newsroom—editing stories by a staff of hardworking journalists internally while at the same time being a public face for D.C.’s hometown newspaper, speaking at relevant engagements and at City Paper’s community events.
This editor will lead City Paper at a unique time in its history. City Paper has gone from a scrappy black-and-white startup in 1981, to a roaring alt weekly rich on classified ads, to one of the many local newspapers sucked completely dry as it was passed from one corporate owner to the next. Two years ago, it was lucky enough to find a local owner in Mark Ein, and now it is in the process of transitioning to a modern, sustainable business model.
This editor will play a pivotal part in bringing City Paper into a new era of local news—work that will include taking a leadership role in transitioning City Paper to be a community-supported enterprise (and possibly a nonprofit), overseeing a website redesign (a process that we have already begun), expanding our multiplatform engagement with our readers and community (through social media, editorial emails, and events), coordinating with the business side of the operation, seeking out grants for the paper, and evolving the editorial program.
It is an exciting time in D.C. The city is becoming a first-rate sports town, now boasting three recent major championships and several more teams to watch. Our arts scene encompasses world renowned theater, visual arts, and music—including go-go, whose artists have become leading community activists. The city’s dynamic restaurant industry continues to blossom, but early innovators are finding themselves priced out of lease renewals. Housing costs present a deep financial challenge for residents across much of the income spectrum, and the poorest often face devastating living conditions. The gap between rich and poor is staggering, and the murder rate is rising after decades of falling.
The new editor will have to decide how to cover all of this, and more, and also where and how to expand coverage—a task that will require significant knowledge of local D.C. news and life, as well as ongoing communication and collaboration with both readers and the newsroom.
One of the great strengths of City Paper’s alt legacy is its cover story, a weekly deep dive of up to 12,000 (or as few as 3,000) words. The editor works with the other editors in the newsroom to set the calendar for this space, which can hold big investigations, narratives, brief histories on the local music scene, policy analyses, multimedia essays about neighborhoods, transportation contests, essay contests, and even fiction.
Another of the paper’s strengths is providing a training ground for some of the most influential and original minds in journalism. It’s the editor’s job to hire the next generation of brilliant editors and reporters.
City Paper looks forward to a strong editor who can help writers produce their best work, envision the future for the place, and collaborate with the community, journalists, and business operations to make it happen.
We’re looking for an editor who:
- Has 10+ years of experience in journalism
- Has experience editing and managing journalists
- Knows and loves D.C. local news
- Has experience working with the business side of a news operation
- Competitive salary commensurate with experience
- Great medical/dental/vision benefits
- Seventeen paid time off days annually, plus most holidays
- Pre-tax transit pass program and/or parking access
To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume and a letter detailing your interest and qualifications.
Questions about the position? Email current editor Alexa Mills ([email protected]).