The Texas Observer seeks a senior editor to help take our independent, hell-raising journalism to the next level. We’re looking for a seasoned professional — with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience as an editor — who has a knack for longform storytelling and investigative reporting. You must have a deep knowledge of reporting methods as well as an abiding interest in Observer beats, including criminal justice, the environment, public health, immigration and politics.
The bulk of your time will be spent working with staff writers and freelancers to shepherd features from conception to publication for our six-times-a-year print magazine as well as our daily digital site. You will also assist with editing short daily items for our website. Early career writers will benefit from your ability to cut through the noise and find unreported and underreported stories, as well as your enthusiasm for ambitious projects requiring careful stewardship.
Alongside the editor-in-chief and other senior staff, you will help implement the Observer’s vision for fearless, muckraking reporting in the strangest state in the union. Part of your job will involve supervising a journalism fellow; management duties may expand in the future, depending on staff size and demonstrated ability. Approximately 20 percent of your time will be spent writing.
Additional duties include participating in the copy-editing and proofreading processes, managing budget lines, and strategizing and coordinating story art and illustration with the art director.
The ideal candidate is:
- Familiar with, and passionate about, Texas news and politics;
- Adept at working with writers to craft compelling and provocative narrative stories, deeply reported longform pieces and must-read opinion and criticism;
- Experienced at recruiting and developing freelance writers;
- A superb line editor with meticulous attention to detail;
- An independent self-starter with a head full of ideas;
- Excited about doing some of the best journalism in Texas (and beyond!);
- A contributor to organizational strategy;
- Fully committed to the organization’s ideals.
Salary in the mid-50s plus benefits. Send résumé, cover letter and no more than five links to clips of your writing as well as pieces you’ve edited to: jobs AT texasobserver.org.
About us: We are a 64-year-old storied publication with a proud tradition of independent ass-kicking reporting and commentary. In the last few years, our reporters have won an Emmy, a National Magazine Award, a first-place Society of Professional Journalists award, and a Hillman Prize. We’re a nonprofit with a strong public service mission; we seek to expose injustice and to produce the kind of impact journalism that makes a difference.
We are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive working environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, AIDS/HIV status, national origin, veteran or disability status.