Politics and Society Editor

The Conversation US
  • Location
    Boston or elsewhere, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 21

Position description

We are looking for an experienced journalist and editor to lead coverage of politics and society at The Conversation US by working with political scientists, sociologists and historians to bring their ideas to the general public.  

The ideal candidate will have proven, in-depth knowledge of American politics and history as well as significant experience working as an editor in a daily news environment.

As we continue to grow our newsroom and our audiences, this is a key position at The Conversation US.


The Conversation US (TCUS) is an independent, non-profit media organization established in 2014 that publishes news analysis and commentary written by academics, edited by journalists, and aimed at the general public.

Our team of professional editors works with scholars from universities across the US to help them share their research and apply their expertise to topical issues. All our content is published under a Creative Commons license: we promote the free republication of our articles to other media organizations.  Time, Newsweek, Quartz, The Washington Post and Fortune are among our regular republishers and all of our copy goes out over the AP feed.

Our mission is to produce and promote truthful timely information and to strengthen journalism by unlocking the rich diversity of academic research for audiences across America.


The Senior Politics and Society Editor will lead The Conversation US’s daily coverage of politics and social issues. The editor is expected to respond to current events by producing content that provides timely context and insight and, at the same time, to proactively seek out new academic research of relevance to the contemporary debate.  

Reporting to the Deputy Editor, TCUS and supervising the work of the Associate Politics and Society Editor working in Atlanta, the Senior Politics and Society Editor develops story ideas on a daily basis, commissions articles from academics and researchers, and edits and prepares those articles for publication. They also “top edit” the work of the Associate Editor and are responsible for the overall coverage on the P&S desk. This editor must be widely read and well informed on a wide range of political and social issues - both US and international. They must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, daily news environment. Some travel is expected to make presentations and to lead writing workshops for academic researchers.

This role is well-suited to a journalist with at least 10 years’ experience covering politics, demonstrated experience of commissioning and editing, strong communication skills and the ability to manage relationships with key institutions and scholars.


The Senior Politics and Society Editor will demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent track record in editing daily journalism whether online, in print or on air

  • Proven experience of managing other journalists’ work

  • In-depth knowledge of political and social issues

  • An ability to generate creative and compelling story ideas that complement the daily news agenda

  • Self-motivation, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work a daily deadline while manage multiple tasks

  • Success working as part of a collaborative team

  • Care and attention to detail

  • Experience in online production

  • A network of academic contacts and knowledge of international affairs would be a plus

Our main newsroom is in Boston but we are open to hearing from candidates from across the U.S.

Application instructions

If you have a passion for communicating ideas and would like to be part of an online publication that is making a real difference, we would love to hear from you. Please submia cover letter and resume to [email protected] subject: “Politics and Society Editor”  

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