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Grist Seeks New Editors


MANAGING EDITOR

Grist Magazine seeks an experienced, innovative, energetic editor to manage our growing editorial staff and help shape the direction of our award-winning online environmental magazine. This is a full-time position located in our downtown Seattle office. We are seeking to hire a qualified candidate as soon as possible.

Job Description:

Grist's managing editor will help lead the editorial team through an exciting time of expansion and transition, as the magazine begins publishing more content, builds more content and marketing partnerships, and solidifies our standing as the top online source of environmental news and commentary. We are a highly collaborative organization and seek someone to work closely and cooperatively with our current staff members. The managing editor will report to Grist's president/editor in chief.

Responsibilities Include:

Overseeing an editorial staff of six or more
Working with the editor in chief and the rest of the editorial team to shape the long-term creative vision of the magazine
Establishing and maintaining an editorial calendar that ensures thoughtful, timely coverage of the most important issues in environmentalism
Recruiting new writers to maintain and expand Grist's reputation as an outstanding venue for the best voices in environmental journalism, as well as working with our existing stable of freelance writers
Planning and developing special editions that cast new light on important environmental issues
Tracking developments in online journalism and environmental journalism and ensuring that Grist continues to set the standard in both fields
Writing a monthly editorial
Communicating editorial plans to the board of directors
Working with the marketing staff to develop relationships with outside environmental and media organizations

Required Qualifications:

Seven or more years of editorial experience, including significant managerial experience
Extensive knowledge of environmental issues, environmental journalism, politics, and policy making
A network of contacts with environmental reporters and writers
Dedication to forceful, intelligent journalism and outstanding writing
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Superior organizational and time-management skills
Ability to multitask
Capacity to thrive under daily and weekly deadlines
The creativity to see new ways to expand and improve environmental coverage, and the pragmatism and people skills to implement that vision
Ability to wisecrack with the best of 'em

Salary will depend on experience. Grist offers excellent benefits, a delightful workplace, and the opportunity to play a crucial role in a magazine with a mission.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate applicants' qualifications and work style. Send materials as text in the body of an email message to jobs@gristmagazine.com; please put "managing editor" in the subject line. We will not be able to accept your application if you send attachments.

Electronic communications are preferred, but you may also mail or fax materials to:
Grist Magazine
811 First Ave., Suite 466
Seattle, WA 98104
fax: 253.423.6487
No phone calls, please.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on anything except how dang good you are at your work. People of color and individuals from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background on Grist:

Founded in 1999, the nonprofit, online magazine Grist has developed the most recognizable voice in environmental journalism -- funny, opinionated, and intelligent. Grist's mission is to publish environmental news, investigations, analysis, and commentary, spiked with a sense of humor and designed to motivate readers to protect the environment. Many tens of thousands of people subscribe to Grist's free email updates on breaking environmental news, and hundreds of thousands of people visit the Grist website each month. Readers include environmental leaders, policy makers, journalists, educators, students, and concerned citizens.

STORY EDITOR

Grist Magazine seeks a motivated, creative editor to assign and commission articles on a wide variety of environmental issues and oversee those articles from concept to completion. This is a full-time position located in our downtown Seattle office. We are seeking to hire an outstanding candidate as soon as possible.

Job Description:

Grist's story editor will play a significant role in shaping the content and tone of the nation's leading online environmental magazine. This editor will work with the rest of the Grist editorial team and with freelancers to develop story ideas -- ranging from short pieces in a wide variety of formats to longer, feature-length articles -- and bring those stories to fruition. This position does not involve significant amounts of reporting or writing.

Responsibilities Include:

Evaluating and responding to queries and submissions
Commissioning articles and opinion pieces from writers, in consultation with other Grist editors
Working closely with writers on all aspects of each piece
Editing articles for content, organization, style, grammar, etc.
Collaborating with editorial and production teams to ensure that articles move efficiently through the publication process
Managing writer contracts
Working closely with the rest of the editorial staff to develop priorities for coverage, shape the magazine's style, tone, and content, strengthen our stable of writers, and maintain an editorial calendar

Required Qualifications:

Three or more years of editorial experience
Extensive knowledge of environmental issues
Ability to skillfully shape a piece, from big-picture, conceptual editing to copy-editing and proofreading
Dedication to forceful, intelligent journalism and outstanding writing
Obsessive attention to detail
Tact and diplomacy in working with writers
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Superior organizational and time-management skills
Ability to multitask
Capacity to thrive under daily and weekly deadlines
Ability to work both independently and with a close-knit team
Capacity to wisecrack with the best of 'em

And it sure would be nice if you also had:

A strong understanding of national politics, the legislative process, and goings-on in Washington, D.C.
A network of contacts with environmental reporters and writers
Experience in online publishing

Salary will depend on experience. Grist offers excellent benefits, a delightful workplace, and the opportunity to play a crucial role in a magazine with a mission.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate applicants' qualifications and work style. Send materials as text in the body of an email message to jobs@gristmagazine.com; please put "story editor" in the subject line. We will not be able to accept your application if you send attachments.

Electronic communications are preferred, but you may also mail or fax materials to:
Grist Magazine
811 First Ave., Suite 466
Seattle, WA 98104
fax: 253.423.6487
No phone calls, please.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on anything except how dang good you are at your work. People of color and individuals from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background on Grist:

Founded in 1999, the nonprofit, online magazine Grist has developed the most recognizable voice in environmental journalism -- funny, opinionated, and intelligent. Grist's mission is to publish environmental news, investigations, analysis, and commentary, spiked with a sense of humor and designed to motivate readers to protect the environment. Many tens of thousands of people subscribe to Grist's free email updates on breaking environmental news, and hundreds of thousands of people visit the Grist website each month. Readers include environmental leaders, policy makers, journalists, educators, students, and concerned citizens.

June 23, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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