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Writers/Editors

The Washington Monthly is looking to hire two new editors.

Since 1969, the Monthly has been a leading voice in liberal policy circles. New York Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt recently recommended it as the policy magazine to subscribe to. And its unique editor position has long been known as a training ground for successful journalists. Past editors include James Fallows (The Atlantic), Nicholas Confessore (New York Times), Joshua Green (Bloomberg/Businessweek), and Haley Sweetland Edwards (Time). We’re a small publication that routinely punches above its weight, and we do so by recruiting and developing world-class talents.

The position is a hybrid of staff writer and features editor. On the editing side, your responsibilities will cover the full spectrum of putting a magazine together, from developing story ideas to working with writers to line-editing their pieces to perfection. On the writing side, you will produce deeply reported longform features on a wide range of political and policy topics. With its mix of responsibility, mentorship, and throw-you-into-the-fire experience, the job is a rare opportunity to develop your talents as a writer, editor, and policy expert.

Before we hire you, we need to know how your mind works—but we don’t believe in unpaid edit tests. So we will pay everyone who goes through the application process.

Here’s how it works: we’ll choose a small number of applicants to go through the process of reporting and writing a web feature for the Monthly. You will be paid for your work upon completing the assignment, whether or not a published piece results. On the strength of your assignment, we’ll consider you for one of the editor positions, which we hope to fill by fall of this year. Applicants who we consider not quite ready or suited for the editor job may still be invited to become regular contributors to the magazine.

About you: we’re less interested in what you’ve done than it what you’re capable of doing. So while full-time journalistic experience is a plus, it’s not a requirement. What is a requirement is that you be a strong, clear writer with a great deal of intellectual curiosity and a healthy sense of humor. People from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Include at least one, and no more than four, of your best article pitches. These should be for stories in the 1,200-to-2,400 word range. (The pitches themselves should be in the 200-to-400 word range.) They could be reported features, policy analysis, political commentary, book reviews, or some combination of the above. For a sense of the topics and approaches that are a fit for the Monthly, go through some of our recent issues and check out

Deputy Director

Washington Monthly is a nationally recognized political magazine in its 49th year of publication. Organized as a 501c(3) nonprofit since 2002, the magazine—along with its highly trafficked website—is known for its independent voice and ability to change policy debates in Washington and beyond. We are seeking a senior-level team member who will have responsibilities for a wide range of publishing-side activities, including:

  • Financial Planning and Reporting: Budget development and implementation; financial management and reporting.
  • Business Operations: Manage several part-time staffers who handle a variety of business and personnel operations, from author payments to office supplies to health insurance.
  • Development: Participate in the formulation and execution of foundation proposals and grant reports; coordinate online and other individual donor fundraising campaigns.
  • Publication of Print Magazine: Pre- and post-publication activities related to printing and distributing the magazine, in coordination with the editorial, business, and advertising staff.
  • Publication of Digital Products: Participate in the operations and further development of the organization’s website, e-mail newsletters, and social media.
  • Circulation & Fulfillment: Subscriber/member acquisition, renewal programs, maintenance of database, coordination with fulfillment company.

Qualifications:

  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of broad experience in at least some of the areas above, preferably in a non-profit environment, with an eagerness to be trained in the other areas. Communications and marketing experience also desirable.
  • Superior writing and critical thinking skills
  • Highly developed organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Quick-study, self-starter with the ability to work with – and bring order to – a team of obstreperous journalists

We are looking for someone who meets the above qualifications and has an interest in and commitment to the work of the Washington Monthly. Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@washingtonmonthly.com.

Editorial Interns

The Washington Monthly is looking for thoughtful, creative, driven interns. We have a small staff that produces big stories, so expect to work closely with editors on our website and bimonthly print magazine. We are a nonprofit, independent voice with nearly 50 years of experience understanding Washington and telling fascinating, deeply reported stories about the ideas and characters that animate America’s government. This is not a place where interns fetch coffee and observe journalism from the sidelines; you’ll be expected to research and fact check stories, pitch your own stories for the site, and help manage our social media accounts.

This is a part-time, paid position, and we can do our best to accommodate a second job if necessary. No phone calls, please.

“The Washington Monthly was an amazing place to do an internship. That’s where it cemented for me that I wanted to be journalist.” – Ezra Klein

Recent interns have gone on to work for the following publications: Washington Post, Politico, Politico Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, the Week, American Prospect, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Applicants should have an interest in politics and journalism. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are now soliciting applications for the Fall 2018 Editorial Internship

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two clips to jobs@washingtonmonthly.com — and mention ‘internship’ in the subject line.

Submissions

The Washington Monthly is a publication covering politics, government, culture and the media. Our editors welcome story pitches that suit our editorial mix. Please submit query letters in writing through our Contact page.

Before you pitch a story to us, we recommend you read through a few of our back issues online or in print to get a feel for the type of investigative, system-analysis journalism we value and promote.

The magazine is published five times a year and includes investigative and opinion-based feature articles (2,000 to 5,000 words), occasional short news items and humorous sidebars (500 to 1,400 words), and book reviews of recent political and cultural titles (usually about 1,500-3,000 words). We occasionally print excerpts from forthcoming political books. We don’t publish fiction, poetry, or celebrity profiles.

Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to every story pitch.