Government and Politics Editor

The Seattle Times
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 02

Position description

The Seattle Times is looking for a Government and Politics Editor to guide our coverage of elected officials, elections, policy-making and the impact of policies on communities at the federal, state and local levels. The ideal candidate will be a focused, aggressive and highly organized editor who is committed to holding those in power accountable and is constantly looking for ways to turn a story into a compelling read. We want someone who can steer the team to break news, provide authoritative analysis, investigate, and produce vivid profiles. This editor will guide a team of four reporters and collaborate with others in our newsroom. 


We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom, and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives.?? 

  • Experience: A minimum of three years’ experience as a political editor or reporter with a daily news organization, with a strong understanding of covering municipal government, statehouses, congressional delegations and local and national elections. 
  • Education: Undergraduate degree, or combination of related professional work experience. 

Successful candidates must demonstrate 

  • A proven ability to generate investigative and enterprise stories that drive change and lift the veil for readers on the inner workings of elected officials and government agencies. 
  • A track record of spotting political trends and breaking news. 
  • A history of writing stories that illuminate the impact of governments on people and communities. 
  • The ability to plan and execute meaningful coverage of elections. 
  • Experience working under tight deadlines, balancing several stories at once and accurately communicating political coverage priorities. 
  • Knowledge of local news and local newsmakers is a plus. 


  • Ensure the Times is thinking about local news coverage with a digital-first mindset and is engaging readers. This includes using analytics to inform our news decisions. 
  • Collaborate with your fellow assistant metro editors, including helping to edit stories from other reporters when necessary. 
  • Be inclusive in coverage at every stage of the process from sourcing to how we frame stories to language and presentation, making sure stories fairly represent the rich cultural and political diversity of our region. 
  • Be willing to experiment, try new story topics and formats, and evaluate and learn from the outcomes of those experiments, always with an eye toward reaching audiences and driving subscriptions. 
  • Work with colleagues in Photo, Graphics/Interactives and the Digital Audience Team to coordinate visuals and digital assets for stories. 
  • Analyze facts and make judgments about relevance, newsworthiness, libel, fairness, etc.? Ability to write clearly and accurately on multiple platforms. 
  • Be willing to work unusual schedules when news coverage or staffing needs demand it.? 
  • Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times. 

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