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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Senior Editor, a Director of Branded Podcasts, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Senior Editor, a Director of Branded Podcasts, and More.

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Aug. 28 2017 11:18 AM

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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. Slate and Panoply just so happen to be hiring.

Open Positions
Senior Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring a senior editor to work on our life and family coverage. This position is based in New York, although exceptional D.C.–based candidates may be considered. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorming, assigning, and editing coverage of family, friendship, work, and modern manners
  • Working with a wide network of freelancers to bring in features and personal essays
  • Helping to conceptualize and execute bigger editorial projects for the section, like packages and pop-up blogs

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny mind and pen
  • At least 5 years' experience working as an editor or writer
  • A deep well of story ideas about relationships and family life, with a knack for devising fun and surprising angles on parenting culture—whether we're analyzing the demented world of youth sports or evaluating the latest absurd toy fad
  • An enthusiasm for finding original new voices and bringing them into the Slate fold
  • Top-notch organizational skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please send a résumé and short cover letter to lifeeditor@slate.com.

Director of Branded Podcasts, Slate Group Studios

Slate Group Studios is looking for a director of branded podcasts to oversee our branded podcast group.

The director of branded podcasts will have a passion for storytelling, a deep understanding of digital media, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, podcasts, and listeners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing smart, stimulating podcast ideas that engage our discerning listeners and offer unique value to our brand partners
  • Manage a team of in-house and freelance producers to write, structure, and produce branded podcasts for a diverse set of advertisers
  • Provide guidance and critical feedback on production tasks including recording, editing, mixing, scoring, and publishing audio
  • Provide leadership and market insight to develop branded podcast and cross-platform offerings
  • Attend key client meetings to better understand challenges for brands in digital advertising
  • Participate in pre-sale brainstorms to develop podcast-specific and cross-platform ideas for advertising partners
  • Provide strategic and consultative advice to clients for all aspects of each campaign
  • Manage production budgets for all Slate Group Studios branded podcast initiatives
  • Closely collaborate and communicate across multiple functional groups, including business, dev, ops, and edit
  • Stay current on content programs being produced by competitive publishers and production companies

Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree required
  • Must have 5+ years of experience in content development and production for podcast, terrestrial, or satellite radio, or other audio medium
  • Must be well-connected to the larger community of independent producers and great at identifying talent
  • Experience in a digital publishing environment is preferred
  • Extremely strong writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with little to no guidance and think outside the box
  • Experience in juggling and prioritizing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and work as a team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work across departments to influence and gather resources to support strategy and prioritize workload
  • Demonstrated ability to work face-to-face with client teams
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Thick skin and a great sense of humor

To apply, please send a résumé and a cover letter to brandedpodcasts@slate.com

The Slate Group is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Commerce Lead, Slate

Slate is hiring a commerce lead to sit on the business team and build a commerce brand and function from the ground up. This pioneer will start testing content and driving commerce revenue growth. After proving initial success, the commerce lead will steadily build a team to grow the revenue stream.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an affiliate-based commerce brand that appeals to the Slate audience
  • Manage relationship with readers, editorial, executive leadership, and affiliate partners
  • Define core performance metrics, and work with Slate's research team to create actionable dashboards and reports for understanding commerce content performance
  • Strategize with the Slate dev/tech team: think about product development and CMS tools and treatments that will promote the commerce initiatives
  • Ensure that content is consistent with Slate's voice and deepens the relationship with the Slate audience while maintaining separation of editorial and commerce content
  • Run production of the Slate gift guides from soup to nuts
  • Oversee the sharing and socializing of commerce content
  • Curate deals, consumer products and discounts for Slate's audience
  • Pitch video and podcast initiatives and identify other opportunities to leverage Slate's platforms and assets to meet commerce goals
  • Refine a consumer-centric view in your strategic thinking
  • Possess a deep understanding of current laws, requirements, and ethics around transparency and disclosure

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 3 years' experience and success in a digital commerce role
  • You consume and value Slate's written and/or podcast content
  • Naturally inclined to think in a way that is experimental, adaptive, and innovative
  • Skilled in writing and editing
  • Passionate about discovering and sharing consumer products
  • A desire to build and lead a team

To apply, submit a résumé, a cover letter, and three writing samples to commercejob@slate.com

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Politics Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring a politics editor to drive our coverage of the Trump administration and its effect on America and the world. This position is based in Washington, although exceptional New York–based candidates may be considered. Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to politicseditor@slate.com.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assigning and editing Slate's daily politics coverage
  • Planning and executing ambitious editorial projects, whether investigative features or conceptual packages
  • Working closely with other Slate editors to coordinate coverage
  • Giving Slate's audience the smartest possible ways to think about and understand our confounding new political order

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny mind and pen
  • The ability to quickly find the most fascinating and illuminating kernel in every news story
  • At least 7 years' experience working as an editor online
  • Familiarity editing coverage that incorporates various digital mediums, including video, audio, interactive, infographic, and more
  • At least 5 years' experience covering U.S. politics, ideally with experience driving coverage of Congress and the executive branch
  • Experience editing both reporting and analysis—we do both
  • The ability to edit for voice, helping to nurture and elicit great work from talented writers
  • A fast metabolism and strong organizational skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

Editorial Internships
Science Intern, Slate

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to scienceintern@slate.com.

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Oct. 20. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Social Media Intern, Slate

About the Role

Slate seeks a social media intern to help its audience engagement team grow and engage its audience across various platforms. We're looking for a true internet connoisseur with a clear voice for our feeds and a reliable but flexible schedule to help us maintain a strong, consistent social presence.

Key Responsibilities

Candidates for the social media internship must be social-media savvy, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They should have an eye for detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. This is a paid internship.

Requirements

To apply for the 2017 Slate social media internship, include a brief cover letter and a résumé and a short critique that highlights one Slate tweet and one Slate Facebook post that you think could be improved. In 100 words or less, tell us what you would do to make these posts more shareable and/or clickable. 

Send these materials in single PDF to audiencedevelopment@slate.com with the subject line "Social Media Internship." Only finalists will be contacted. The position is open for an immediate start date, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Video Intern, Slate

Slate's video intern supports our video department. This position is paid, full-time, and based in our Brooklyn office. Applicants should send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to slatevideointern@gmail.com. Include a link or two to your best work.

We're no longer accepting applications for the fall. To apply for winter 2018 (roughly January through April), send the materials mentioned above by Oct. 31.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including quick-turn edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management in Brightcove, SnapStream, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Assist on shoots in our studio and in the field
  • Occasional shooting, writing, and editing opportunities

Requirements:

  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video production, with relevant past experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus)
  • Experience shooting on DSLR cameras
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for all tasks, whether creative or clerical, and an unfailing positive attitude
  • Strong understanding of Slate's voice and what makes our work unique

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate's Washington office 29 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. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage (currently $12.50/hour).

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word critique of any Slate story from the past month, and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should focus on politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. 

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the spring (January through April) 2018 D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Spring 2018 internship" by Oct. 1. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern, Slate

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 résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the New York fall editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by July 30.

Editorial and Audio Intern, Slate Plus

Slate hires editorial interns for Slate Plus, our membership program. Candidates must be available to work 29 hours per week in Slate's Brooklyn office. This position is paid hourly and involves writing, editing, fact-checking, and some light audio editing and production. 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.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Send the materials mentioned above to plusjobs@slate.com with the subject line "Slate Plus internship." We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017.