Foreign Policy magazine is looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and patient editor with at least two years of magazine (or relevant journalism) experience. If you exalt spreadsheets and deadlines — and possess the ability to cajole procrastination-prone editors into meeting them — this is a job in which you will thrive.
Candidates will have a passion for foreign policy and international news, as well as experience working for a newspaper, magazine, or media outlet that covers global politics and culture. FP’s print production editor oversees coordination of the print magazine’s many facets at the word- and page-level through to the publishing of each issue — from initial layout and ad placement to overseeing the fact-checking and copy-editing of each story. You will work directly with the senior print editors, the magazine’s creative directors and designers, and FP’s fellows and copy editors on a regular basis, as well as with other members of the news and web teams.
Though this position deals mainly with FP’s print magazine, all content is published online, and so interest and experience in multimedia and social media platforms will be key in your work. You will be part of the team that develops ideas for how to best showcase each issue online — expanding its reach through its presentation with interactives, additional web content, etc.
Copy-editing and fact-checking know-how is a must. Experience with Adobe InDesign, InCopy, and WordPress is strongly preferred. Experience reporting abroad and foreign language skills are also preferred, but not required.
Interested candidates must submit their materials and contact information to Rebecca Frankel (rebecca dot frankel at foreignpolicy dot com) with the subject line “Production Editor Application.” No phone calls, please.
Foreign Policy is looking for a digitally savvy editor with serious China chops to join our Washington, DC newsroom as Assistant Editor. The Assistant Editor will commission, edit, fact-check, research, and sometimes write articles for Tea Leaf Nation, FP’s award-winning China channel.
FP’s China coverage is deep and broad. In a given week, it might include a deep dive into a social debate roiling Chinese cyberspace, a first-person essay from someone on the front lines of social change in Chongqing, and a commentary on the South China Sea dispute by a noted academic. It’s also deeply creative, seeing stories where others don’t. Its China channel, Tea Leaf Nation, became a respected voice within the China-watching community by being the first to treat Chinese social media as a major force. FP’s editors have launched China U, an original miniseries focused on the U.S.-China education nexus, and the Pacific Power Index, an annual feature profiling major influencers in the U.S.-China relationship, among other initiatives. We are looking for someone who can continue to make Tea Leaf Nation 与众不同。
- Advanced or native written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin speech, simplified Chinese required; other dialects and scripts are a bonus);
- Fluent English, and the ability to generate sharp, smart prose;
- At least three years’ worth of journalism experience;
- Familiarity with Chinese social media, and ideally, active use on one or more of those platforms;
- Significant on-the-ground experience in China, whether as a reporter, professional, or student;
- Creativity, with the instinct and gumption to think of new features and series in a rapidly-shifting media environment;
- A desire not simply to write, but to edit. In 2016, that means you know how to:
- find the right touch as you work with writers, whether they’re grizzled veterans or newbies finding their voice;
- conceive of and commission pieces that say something distinctive and important;
- put headlines, images, and social media language together in a way that authentically brings out the best in each article and makes readers keen to engage with it.
- A desire not simply to edit, but to build something lasting, without the benefit of unlimited resources. It means you are willing to do the high profile and the prosaic; to write and report out a major cover story on Monday, fact-check someone else’s article on Tuesday, and compile data to build an online map on Wednesday. It means you are able not only to analyze the day’s news and field the day’s submissions, but also to build a roster of reliable writers, conceive and plan of major features, and find other ways to position FP’s China operations for continuing success.
- You must already be eligible to work in the United States.
In short, we’re looking for someone who can, at various points, do it all. That doesn’t mean you come knowing everything on day one — in fact, if you think you know everything already, a place like FP might not be for you. But we’re looking for someone who’s eager, a quick learner, a long-term planner, and wants to help everyone around herself or himself succeed.
What we offer:
- Competitive salary and full benefits;
- Autonomy and responsibility at a nationally respected media outlet;
- A highly collegial and friendly work environment with genuine work-life balance;
- Colleagues who love learning about the world as much as you do — in a newsroom where you might hear Mandarin, Russian, and Persian before lunchtime;
- Hands-on-but-not-suffocating mentorship from editors eager to see you improve and grow in this role, and perhaps into other roles;
- A platform to become a serious voice in the American China-watching community, and to make a genuine difference in the U.S.-China relationship;
- The kind of Washington, DC cred that gives you the chance to interview, edit, and sometimes pointedly question major thinkers and policymakers;
- Free bagels on Monday, free donuts on Friday, and lots of ad-hoc celebrations from fun and supportive colleagues.
Interested candidates must submit a resume, three journalistic writing samples, and contact information for two references no later than January 23 to David Wertime (david dot wertime at foreignpolicy dot com). The subject line must read: “Tea Leaf Nation Editor Application,” otherwise, your application may be lost. No phone calls, please. (The previous deadline has been extended.)
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