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The Washington Monthly is looking for a talented up-and-coming journalist to be its newest editor.
Since 1969, the Monthly has been a leading voice in liberal policy circles. (New York Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt recommended it as the policy magazine to subscribe to.) Our staffers routinely appear on national and international radio stations, like NPR, Sirius XM, and the BBC. Our stories have been tweeted out by the likes of Elizabeth Warren. And the 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), Benjamin Wallace-Wells (The New Yorker), Gilad Edelman (Wired), 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 talent.
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 and 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, this 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 editing 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 report and write 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 the position, which we hope to fill by this summer. Applicants who we consider not quite ready or suited for the editor job may still be invited to become regular contributors to the magazine or website.
About you: We’re less interested in what you’ve done than 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:
- Send a resume, cover letter, and links to two to four published clips to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Editor/Writer Search” in the subject line.
- 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 several examples of our best web-only pieces.
We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021. Please check back in July for the Fall 2021 program.
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.
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.