Assistant Editor, Defense One

Government Executive Media Group (GEMG)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 13

Position description

Government Executive Media Group (GEMG) is Atlantic Media’s B2B division focused on public sector innovation. Known as one of the fast-growing B2B digital media companies, GEMG’s brands include Government Executive, Nextgov, Defense One and Route Fifty, all of which now hold market-leading positions in their respective sectors.


Defense One delivers news, analysis, and ideas about the future of U.S. defense to national-security leaders, stakeholders, and citizens. Defense One produce award-winning journalism, newsletters, a podcast, videos, and live events on global threats, politics and policy, the defense industry, and science and technology. Defense One is part of Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media, whose mission is to inform, elevate, and challenge the national discourse.


Defense One is looking for a junior-level journalist with experience in daily digital journalism to work in our fast-paced newsroom at the heart of the Washington, D.C., national security scene. The assistant editor will contribute to Defense One’s unique brand of coverage, working closely with reporters, senior editors, and executives across GEMG’s editorial, events, digital, web, design, and audience teams. 


The assistant editor’s duties will include writing breaking-news stories and working closely with the deputy editor on daily news production, including headline writing, photo selection and newsletter production. The assistant editor also will manage social media for the brand. A day in the life of the assistant editor would involve a mix of original reporting, writing news briefs, helping produce special reports and other editorial products, crafting news alerts, and helping develop editorial ideas for news and events. 


Responsibilities Include:

  • Reporting and writing news on deadline.

  • Daily news production, including posting to the site, editing photos, writing headlines and news alerts.

  • Managing and producing social media content.

  • Collaborating with other members of the Defense One editorial staff.


  • One to three years of journalism experience, preferably related to national security, politics, or foreign policy.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • A nose for news and a heart for Washington.

  • Digital newsroom skills.

  • Flexibility and hustle.

  • A positive, good-natured, energetic attitude.

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