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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Publisher, Design Director, and More.

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July 22 2015 2:32 PM

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Work For Slate!

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If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. We just so happen to be hiring.

Intern for Slate

For information on applying for paid internships, click here.


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+ 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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Style Blogger
Slate is hiring a part-time style blogger to write several times a week on fashion, beauty, retail trends, red-carpet flashpoints, and celebrity shenanigans. Ideal candidates will be knowledgeable to the point of obsession about the tropes and memes and shifting alliances of the celebrity landscape; they will combine a deepness of thought with a lightness of touch; they will know how to place a handbag or lipstick tone or pair of famous frenemies in their proper historical-cultural context; they will be funny and fast and have a gift for the sharp, strong argument. Please include a résumé and cover letter explaining why you would be right for this job, with links to some of your best work and a few ideas for posts you’d like to write. This is a part-time contract position that can be located anywhere.

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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Video Producer/Editor
Slate is looking for a high-energy, self-motivated editor/shooter/producer. Must have experience working in fast-paced deadline-driven environments. Our small, flexible team is looking for someone who is smart, witty, proactive, solution-seeking, organized, efficient, creative, thoughtfully communicative, detail-oriented, a team player, hard-working, instinctive; can pivot when news breaks; and takes direction well. The ideal candidate can easily navigate the digital landscape and possesses a nose for viral content. At Slate, every idea is heard. It’s the perfect place for those looking to spread their wings. Entrepreneurial attitudes are recognized, rewarded, and admired—the hungrier you are, the more you will excel.

Technical skills required: Master of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Canon is your middle name. Experience writing scripts for video. This editor/shooter/producer will be tasked with conceiving, pitching, and creating original video content for Slate that is insightful, off-beat, on-brand, engaging, and shareable.

Please include your résumé and add your cover letter and reel as an attachment. 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. To apply for this position, 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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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.