We have an opening for an editorial assistant in Opinion, supporting columnist Maureen Dowd. This job, which is based in DC, is a great gig for someone who is organized, digitally savvy and has broad-ranging news interests with a special curiosity about politics and national affairs. Knowledge of and interest in culture is a plus.
The editorial assistant must have a sharp eye for detail; a strong sense of fresh arguments and good writing; superb research skills; a devotion to the highest standards of accuracy, precision and verification; ability to dive into unfamiliar material on deadline; discretion in handling sensitive editorial material; familiarity with various social media platforms; and a strong interest in opinion journalism. Collegiality and diplomacy are essential.
This candidate will perform functions that include, but are not limited to, the following
Keep abreast of the news in the field covered
Conduct research for the columnist and suggest ideas for columns
Verify and/or correct the accuracy of the information contained in draft columns and occasional guest essays, and write summaries as necessary
Post on various social media platforms and collaborate with Opinion Audience team on deepening relationships with readers
Shepherd the column(s) through all stages of the publishing process
Experience and Qualifications
At least 1 year of experience in journalism, conducting research and fact-checking and/or text editing for published media preferred.
Must be able to occasionally work weekends and evenings as column schedules or news cycle determine.
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