The assistant politics and policy editor will help edit the many politics and policy stories that Texas Monthly publishes, with a focus on our online coverage.
Your primary duty will be making TexasMonthly.com a vibrant destination for coverage of the wild world of Texas politics and policy. TM is highly responsive to news and events of interest to Texans, but we don’t cover those developments in the manner of a newspaper or wire service. Our stories sort out what the latest developments mean, explore angles others have overlooked, and bring to life vivid characters and scenes.
Ideal candidates should be digitally fluent, literary-minded journalists who can juggle multiple assignments while maintaining high standards. Duties will run from story ideation and development to line-editing and SEO. Some writing may also be required. We employ both full-time writers and freelancers, so you will be expected to cultivate a reliable and diverse stable of writing talent. You will be expected to meet deadlines (and help others do the same).
This position will report directly to the politics and policy editor.
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Editing both quick-turn daily pieces and in-depth features for the web
Curating quality story ideas and shepherding them from infancy to production
Making freelance assignments and grooming new freelance talent
Crafting headlines and deks and other display type, for an array of platforms, with an eye to SEO and social media.
Staying abreast of developments in Texas politics and policy, including political campaigns, criminal justice, the environment, education, and immigration.
Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:
Great facility with language, not only when editing stories but also when communicating with fellow staffers
Enthusiasm for digital storytelling and making use of modern web tools to do so
A nose for good narratives and the ability to execute them to their fullest potential
Precise, grammatically minded line-editing chops
An appreciation for deadlines
A love of Texas politics, warts and all
Investigative reporting skills
Minimum one to three years’ experience editing preferred.
Applicants should have, or be able to swiftly develop, an intimate knowledge of Texas—its past, its present, and, above all else, the opportunities it offers for great storytelling.
If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the job title in the subject line.
NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
About Texas Monthly
Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas since 1973, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. The magazine is known for astute political commentary and compelling longform narrative nonfiction. As a leisure guide, it continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations. Texas Monthly has a reputation for providing its readers with a magazine of the highest editorial and design quality and has won fourteen National Magazine Awards. Founded by Michael R. Levy, the magazine currently has a paid circulation of 270,000 and is read by more than 2.5 MM people each month.
Texas Monthly’s website, TexasMonthly.com, which debuted in 1995, is the go-to site for people who want to keep up with everything that matters in Texas. At texasmonthly.com, readers find original coverage of politics, food, travel, sports, our state’s culture, and more. Updated daily, our website is a trusted source of informed opinion and trustworthy journalism about the subjects that matter most to this state. Using the well-honed edit...orial judgment and expert knowledge of our staff writers and carefully chosen freelancers, texasmonthly.com delivers quality original journalism and points readers to the things they need to read each day.