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Aug. 27 2015 5:33 PM

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Audio Engineer, Panoply

Panoply, the audio arm of the Slate Group, is seeking a full-time audio engineer/technical director. This is a new position, so the person who fills the role will also help shape it.
This position is based in New York, where Panoply operates two studios, but will also oversee Slate’s Washington, D.C., studios, help establish remote studios and connections with podcasters in various locations, and oversee any future facilities we establish.  
This person should be excited about podcasting and the opportunities for new and innovative uses of audio it opens up. He or she should also be familiar with Panoply’s podcast offerings, as well as have a broad knowledge of the growing podcast marketplace. The technical director will play an instrumental role in Panoply’s strategy for growth.
The main responsibilities and competencies include:

  • Recording podcasts to meet the highest standards of audio quality.
  • Deep experience in board operation, mic placement, and studio connectivity (ISDN, IP, tape sync, etc.).
  • Ability to train others, including nonengineers, in the basics of recording and to lead by example.
  • Transfer multitrack files to producers for editing and posting.
  • Edit, mix, and post podcasts, as needed.
  • Deliver feedback to producers about their audio work.
  • Troubleshoot simple and complex issues with studio set-up, mix sessions, and the audio chain.
  • Develop creative (often very creative) solutions to recording challenges.
  • Develop deep familiarity with our facilities and standards/best practices for format, sound design, and podcast distribution.
  • Apply technical expertise to improving and evolving Panoply facilities.
  • Be patient, but also be a self-starter, team player, and distinctly Slate-y.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and relevant audio/editing samples. Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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Account Manager

Slate is seeking a talented and dynamic advertising operations account manager to join our team in New York. The ad operations account manager will be responsible for all aspects of digital ad campaign management. The ideal candidate has proven experience with ad product creation, ad trafficking, reporting, and creative troubleshooting. In addition, the ideal candidate for this growth potential role is career-driven and eager to join a sharp ad ops team.


  • Meet all contractual requirements for advertising campaigns running on with a high degree of accuracy
  • Act as a liaison and main point of contact between advertisers and internal departments at The Slate Group (accounting, editorial, design and technical production) to ensure that all client needs are met with the highest level of customer service
  • Traffic various types of ad products and technologies via ad server (DFP), ensuring that both client and The Slate Group specifications are met
  • Translate sales strategy into tactical implementation. Test, implement, and provide QA on new in-house and third-party rich media advertising products, and provide critical troubleshooting on major campaign launches
  • Project manage the launch of new custom and native units to ensure technical campaign and revenue goals will be met
  • Learn the process and support any new coding and development needs to facilitate ad initiatives—including display, video, widgets, newsletters, mobile, etc.
  • Analyze ad campaign delivery reports through the duration of each campaign and provide recommendations to sales representatives and clients for the optimization of poorly performing ad placements
  • Implement business reviews throughout client campaign and address preset metrics for success. Assist in monthly billing, reconciliation, and other financial reporting
  • Actively work toward retaining client base
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Prior experience with DoubleClick, Atlas, Pointroll, BrightRoll, OAS, Eyewonder, Eyeblaster, other ad-serving vendors a plus
  • Prior knowledge of debugging tools such as Fiddler or Charles a plus
  • Familiarity with Web development, publishing, multimedia, and browser/OS compatibility
  • Understanding of HTML/DHTML, Javascript, CSS, Flash
  • Experience with DSM or similar contract management system

Bonus Points:

  • Experience managing vendors and projects
  • Strong communication skills with ability to communicate between all levels of management
  • Must learn quickly and be able to juggle multiple tasks and priorities
  • Organized and detail-orientated with strong critical-thinking skills
  • Must exhibit a good work ethic and thrive in a team environment
  • Experience analyzing Excel data and systems administration
  • Solid understanding of digital advertising concepts and terms


  • Health benefits, 401(k), pension
  • Having smart, social colleagues that make it fun to come into work every day

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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Deputy Audience Engagement Editor

Do you always know what the biggest story of the day is before anyone else? Can you smell an Internet hoax from a mile away? Do you love to game the things you post online to see how viral you can make them, even if it’s just on your own Facebook feed? Do you find yourself reading through your social media feeds, rewriting other people’s share texts in your head?

This gig is for you. Slate is looking for a true Internet connoisseur with a clear voice for our feeds and a head full of new ideas for how we can make our digital presence stronger on Facebook, Twitter, and other emerging platforms.


Our deputy audience engagement editor will report to the audience engagement editor and work with the audience engagement team to:

  • Manage the voice and scheduling of existing accounts and new platform opportunities as they arise
  • Help define the day-to-day voice of Slate’s feeds
  • Write fun, catchy, and compelling headlines and supporting text for the work we publish
  • Work with the editorial team from the moment a story is conceived to make sure it reaches maximum potential by the time it’s published
  • Keep close watch on data and user patterns to continually improve how we serve our audience
  • Be Slate’s front line on breaking news events and trending stories


What we’re looking for:

  • One to three years of social media or digital strategy experience, or proof that you’ve built something special in the digital content space
  • Quick, fun, witty writing
  • The ability to throw lots of ideas around. You love improvisation and brainstorming, and would rather throw out five great ideas than fight for just one.
  • A metabolism for breaking news and quick turnarounds. You live on the internet and for the next great story.
  • An eye for detail and organization—you work quickly, you get the facts right, you write precise, crisp, error-free sentences. (If they’re witty too, even better.)
  • An enthusiasm for numbers or spreadsheets. You see patterns quickly and draw logical conclusions from them.
  • A zeal for managing multiple different social platforms and voices, and a knack for translating content for different audiences
  • Ability to work collaboratively and act independently, and switch seamlessly between the two
  • A passion for teaching others what you know

To Apply:

  • Upload a résumé
  • Attach a cover letter that explains your biggest pet peeve with how media companies  approach social media and how you approach it differently. Make sure to include the word peeve.
  • Respond to the four questions included in the online application. For the headline-specific questions, here’s what we consider the headline when sharing on Facebook:

Start Date: ASAP

The position is full-time, with benefits, based out of New York. Qualified candidates should apply by Sept. 7, 2015.

At Slate, we believe that the diversity of ideas, experiences, and cultures that our employees contribute to our company is our greatest advantage, and we are proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace, where all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion, and job status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical handicap.

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Director, Business Development and Strategy, Panoply

Panoply, The Slate Group’s premium podcasting network, is looking for a director of business development and strategy to lead the rapid expansion of our audio business. We want someone who loves podcasts, and will embrace the chance to spot shows that will be a perfect fit with the growing Panoply network. You’ll scan the digital audio landscape for top quality programs, evaluate proposals sent into Panoply, and negotiate deals. On the strategy side, we’re constantly looking at new ways to expand our business and want someone who can identify and analyze such strategic opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to operate as part of an in-house startup team, with the support of one of the Web’s first and most successful online magazines,, and Graham Holdings Co. We’re looking for a big-thinker who’s engaged, creative, and eager to roll up her or his sleeves.

The Role:

  • Add and retain partners in the Panoply network by building on existing relationships, cultivating new ones, and working to anticipate partners’ ongoing needs
  • Negotiate deals with a variety of potential partners ranging from celebrities to media companies to best-selling authors
  • Promote new technology and product capabilities to internal and external clients
  • Develop new business initiatives and identify new markets across the audio-on-demand landscape
  • Stay up to date! The podcasting business is evolving quickly, so the director should stay up to the minute on industry trends that will shape our strategy and goals 
  • Work closely and develop great relationships with Panoply’s product, technology, content, legal, and sales teams

What We’re Looking For:

  • Someone who’s hard-working, smart, and nice
  • Five-plus years business development experience; technology or platform sales experience a plus
  • Proven track record of balancing multiple deals and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent negotiating skills
  • Proactive self-starter who will think beyond his or her own role
  • Creative thinker with strong organization skills who’s not afraid to talk process
  • Audio industry experience desired but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree, MBA preferred

Bonus Points if You:

  • Host your own podcast
  • Live to negotiate
  • Are an early adopter with a passion for technology
  • Can pronounce Panoply properly.

Panoply welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

About Panoply
Panoply, launched in 2015, is an innovative, full-service podcast network for media brands, authors, personalities, and premier organizations. Panoply provides production, audience development, sales, and technology services for its expanding number of partners. We’re a fast moving team aiming to build an industry leading company led by high quality content, innovative sales solutions, and industry leading technology.

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About Slate
We’ve been here since the beginning, pioneering original digital journalism. Our unique editorial strengths of intelligence, wit, and creative use of the medium attracts a new influential audience of 30 million top decision-makers and cultural tastemakers. It’s proof positive that we’ve found the right mix of high-quality journalism, cutting edge technology, and deep integration with social media.

We’re a tight-knit group of the smartest marketers, communicators, technologists, writers, and thinkers. Combining the best of two worlds, Slate offers the stability and resources that come with being part of the Graham Holdings Co. and the flexibility and fast-paced environment of a digital startup.

Help Us Continue to Change the Game
turned original high quality digital journalism into good business—and we run it as a business.  We know it’s critical to invest in the future to stay out ahead of the pack; thus, we need a business leader that knows how to run multifaceted sales, marketing, planning, ad innovations, PR, and an in-house content studio. The ideal candidate should have a thorough understanding of the digital agency and client landscape, powerful relationships, and the strategic vision to develop new products and lines of business, and to anticipate what customers will soon look for. Candidates must have the ability to work with the internal teams, especially technology, ad operations, and editorial, to create the next generation of advertising products and solutions for some of the smartest marketers in the media business. We launched our content design studio, Slate Custom, well ahead of the herd and before "native" was part of the digital vocabulary. Panoply, our premium podcast network, has quickly become a leader in the fast-growing audio-on-demand market. What else can we do to change the game, help our partners, and drive business?

Departments You’ll Lead and Motivate:
Advertising Sales
Sales Planning
Ad Innovations
Slate Custom (In-House Creative Studio)

Is This You?

  • Proven background in leading successful digital teams
  • Strategic thinker, hands on manager
  • Deep understanding of the digital media landscape
  • Passion and respect for original, high-quality journalism
  • Moves fast and gets things done
  • Original thinker
  • Zest for making the workplace fun
  • Comfortable and thought-provoking on industry panels and with the press
  • Effective at managing a complex budget, controlling cost, investing wisely, and turning a profit
  • Strong manager and mentor to junior talent

Must haves:

  • 10-plus years of successful digital leadership experience
  • Deep knowledge of key digital clients and agencies, and the rain-makers within them
  • Proven experience in finding, developing and managing best-in-class talent
  • Conversant in technology
  • Grown existing ad revenues and uncovered new ad revenue streams
  • Effective communicator
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s a plus

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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Design Director

Slate is seeking a design director to elevate Slate’s visual impact across all platforms. The opening offers a rare opportunity to work with Slate’s world-class editorial, tech, product, and sales teams to lead a smart, innovative, successful company to the next level.

The design director will oversee all editorial design for Slate’s award-winning flagship site, lead product design for Slate’s presentation across platforms, and be the steward of Slate’s visual identity across sales and marketing materials. The brief is to ensure a beautiful, consistent, reader-centric experience wherever users encounter Slate.

Ideal candidates will exhibit an elegant, exacting design sensibility and excitement about exploring the frontiers of digital design. Crisp communication skills and deft managerial ability are musts; we also love excuses to add smart, fun, funny people to our uniquely engaged and inventive team. Candidates must also be comfortable with collaboration and data-driven decision-making: The design director will be leading efforts to improve Slate’s overall reader experience through design, measuring improvements whenever possible. And the design director will work directly with product, editorial, development, and business leads to collaboratively define new products and enhance existing ones.


  • Ensure that the overall look and feel of the site is best in class, appealing both to readers and advertisers.
  • Manage a team of five.
  • Lead design reviews with stakeholders around the organization.
  • Provide responsive designs to developers in a manner that makes implementation as true and frictionless as possible.
  • Validate designs internally and externally in conjunction with the product team through clickable prototypes and user testing.
  • Oversee the production of all editorial art for the site, including but not limited to: art to accompany daily news, analysis, and commentary; art to accompany ambitious projects and packages; recurring visual elements; designs used in on-site and social promotions; and more.
  • Offer legal and aesthetic guidance to Slate bloggers selecting their own art for stories.
  • Develop design templates for Slate marketing and sales materials.
  • Oversee the creation of collateral for advertiser pitches.
  • Manage the art and design budgets.


  • This is a senior role. You must have seven years experience, including prior management experience.
  • Slate is a digital-only magazine, so strong candidates will have a focus on modern digital design, including responsive design.
  • You must be in NYC or D.C., and you must be comfortable communicating with and managing people who are remote.
  • Slate is built primarily of words; strong written and oral communication skills are a must.

Nice to have:

  • Experience designing mobile apps, including user flows, motion, and animation.
  • Experience with current UX design tools, such as Sketch.
  • Some HTML/CSS experience.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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Senior Producer, Video

Slate magazine is looking for a senior producer who can help our executive producer run day-to-day video operations. We work in a fast-paced news environment and need creative minds who can think on their feet, pivot as needed, and provide endless ideas for smart, quirky, viral videos. Boundless energy a plus.

Ideal candidates have five-plus years experience managing teams in the digital world, are proficient in Adobe CS, and have extensive experience operating DSLR cameras. We are looking for someone who can give direction, can mentor junior talent, and feels at home creating content with a strong voice in a nonstructured environment. This is a full-time contract position, salary commensurate with experience.

Slate is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to sourcing applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and all candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work.

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Video Blogger

Slate is hiring a part-time video blogger to write several times a week on the best new video on the Web. Ideal candidates will be fast, smart writers who tend to be the first to see the videos everyone else will be sharing tomorrow. They must feel as comfortable writing about last night’s cable news as they are about animals, or new movies, or surprising footage from a science journal. They will understand Slate well enough to know a perfect video for our audience when they see it. Candidates should be able to work independently and be judicious communicators.

To apply, please upload a résumé and cover letter that includes a very brief note introducing yourself and a few examples of videos you think should be featured on the site.

Qualifications: Candidates should have some writing experience in online magazines. No video editing experience necessary, but you should know what an MP4 and Brightcove is. This is a contract position, and pay is commensurate with experience.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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Ruby Developer, Audio

In 2015, Slate has redoubled its efforts in the world of podcasting with Panoply, which brings millions of listeners the smartest conversation that podcasting has to offer through more than 20 shows. Panoply is a tight-knit group of some of the smartest engineers, producers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers, and everybody is pulling in the same direction.

You’ll be working in tandem with the rest of Slate’s development and product team to provide a compelling experience across platforms. Our weekly lunch-and-learns (with free lunch) are for exactly that. Of course, there are also all the normal hey-we’re-cool items to check off your list like flexible office hours, casual dress, location 20 steps from the Metro exit, and team happy hours.

Slate pioneered podcasting almost a decade ago, but for all of that time, the technology behind on demand audio has not changed. But it’s about to.

Today we’re looking for a brilliant full stack Ruby developer to help craft and collaborate around the medium’s future.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Strong object oriented and relational DB skills
  • Strong experience with Ruby and Ruby on Rails
  • The ability to jump into other languages, particularly Javascript
  • A knack for prioritizing, planning, and executing features, fixes, and systems
  • Experience or familiarity with agile development
  • An eagerness to communicate and work collaboratively around product definition with product managers, designers, and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders
  • A drive to deliver working software, motivated by user growth and simple, clean, swiftly produced technical solutions


  • Implementing and maintaining code for managing user profiles
  • Integrate Slate and various third-party services via Web APIs
  • Provide input on how to improve Slate’s services
  • Troubleshooting and solving problems when testing and publishing new features

The nuts and bolts:

We’re building a suite of tools and user experiences powered by discrete microservices. Our suite currently consists of apps written in Go, Ruby, Python, and Javascript, communicating via RabbitMQ.

This position reports to Slate’s director of technology. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, click here.

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Freelance Video Editor/Producer

Slate is seeking an energetic, resourceful, hard-working, detail-oriented creative thinker to produce/edit a weekly video series. Responsibilities include: video editing, writing, producing, and shooting. The ideal candidate would have excellent news and editorial judgement, proficiency is FCP or Adobe Premiere (After Effects a plus) and a background in all phases of digital production.

The job is not office-based—our freelancers work from home on their own equipment. This is a part-time position. Day rate is commensurate with experience. Please include a résumé as well as a link to your reel or body of work. 

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

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Podcast Production Internship
We’re seeking an intern to gain experience by contributing to the following:

  • Researching potential guests
  • Fact-checking
  • Editing audio (preferably in Pro Tools)
  • Prepping potential interview questions
  • Organizing talent contracts and spreadsheets
  • Basic writing of interview preps
  • Logging and transcribing audio 

Must have experience editing audio on Pro Tools or another audio editing software.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Slate Custom Production Intern
Our Slate Custom team is seeking a fall intern to gain experience by contributing to the following:

  • Video, photo, podcast, and digital productions
  • Production assistance on local shoots
  • Talent and Location scouting
  • Research
  • Logging audio recordings and/or video footage

You must be:

  • Curious and enthusiastic
  • Hyper-organized and detail-oriented
  • A fan of good stories (in any media)
  • Somewhat experienced either with previous internships or relevant course work

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


Interactives Intern
Slate's New York office is hiring a paid intern to work on data reporting, data visualizations, and interactives with our interactives editor.

Interactives are a vital part of Slate. Our projects take on a variety of topics and tones, and range from charts and maps to games and puzzles and custom-built interactive tools. Some of our pieces, like the John Travolta Name GeneratorGreat Gatsby Game, and Game of Thrones Graveyard, make our readers laugh. Others, like the Gun Deaths project and Creationism in Schools Map, make them rethink important issues in the news. Many, like the Gerrymander Jigsaw Puzzle and the 2014 Outrage Calendar, do a little bit of both.

This is a position for journo-geeks with sharp news judgment, keen math and writing skills, and an interest in computer science and its applications to journalism. The intern is responsible for pitching story ideas, wrangling data, testing and critiquing new interactives, writing data stories, and producing his or her own interactives and visualizations under the guidance of the interactives editors.

The work schedule is flexible, but at least two full days of in-office work a week is preferred. Candidates must have a solid grasp of Excel and HTML. Familiarity with JavaScript or other programming languages is a major plus. We are currently looking for an intern for the summer or fall. Start and end dates are flexible. Please include a résumé and cover letter that outlines your availability. Application deadline is July 30, 2015.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  

Slate Plus Internship
Slate is hiring an editorial intern for Slate Plus, our membership program!

Candidates must be available to work 30 hours per week in either Slate’s New York or Washington, D.C., office. The position involves writing, editing, and some light audio editing (we’ll train you). The ideal candidate is an idea-generating machine who works quickly and independently. To apply, include a résumé, one clip or writing sample, a cover letter that doesn’t put us to sleep, and a 300-word critique of Slate’s membership program. Please upload all of these application materials as one attachment. Deadline to apply is July 30, 2015.


Slate hires paid interns for the spring, summer, and fall. We offer internships in the following departments: Culture, Politics, Video, The Slatest, and Photo and Art. More information about each internship is below.

The deadline for all summer internships is March 15. The deadline for all fall internships is July 30. The deadline for all spring internships is Nov. 15.

New York Editorial Internship
Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests as well as a 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you. Upload your cover letter and the assignment above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

D.C. Editorial Internship
Candidates for the fall D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate’s Washington, D.C. office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. There will be opportunity for writing blog posts and articles. To apply, include a résumé; and a cover letter that includes a 300-word critique of any Slate story from the past year; and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should relate to politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. Upload your cover letter and the assignments above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Slate Video Internship
Candidates for the Slate Video internship must be highly energetic, organized, detail-oriented, responsible, self-starting individuals looking to pursue a career in digital video production. They must be able to work quickly and efficiently and possess keen problem-solving skills. Candidates must be proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus) and have experience shooting on DSLRs. The internship is three days a week, and candidates must be available to work in Slate’s New York office.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The Slatest
Candidates for the Slatest internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office at least two days per week in the spring and fall, and four full days in the summer. Days and hours are flexible. Candidates must be highly energetic, self-starting individuals who have a nose for news, along with sharp and quick writing skills. Applicants should be tech savvy and have great editorial judgment. Previous reporting experience is a plus, and the ability to write clean, quick, and clear copy is a must. To apply, include a résumé and cover letter with a very brief statement of interest.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Photo and Art
Candidates for the photo and art internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office at least two full days per week in the spring and fall, and four full days in the summer. They should be highly organized visual thinkers who are comfortable working efficiently and without much supervision. Interns will gain hands-on experience editing photos, producing slideshows, and selecting art. This is an editing—not shooting—internship; however, there are ample opportunities for motivated interns to work on special projects and publish their work. Apply here; include a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability, and links to visual works online. 

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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