Washington City Paper seeks a creative and hard-working editor who will oversee the paper’s City Lights section, produce our annual arts guides, and contribute arts stories to City Paper. The City Lights editor collaborates with the design team to manage our events calendars and craft a comprehensive section of listings that keeps Washingtonians in the know about upcoming concerts, museum openings, and readings and edits longer event previews solicited from in-house and freelance writers.


  • Assign, edit, and write previews of arts events happening throughout the region
  • Compile up-to-date listings of events at venues in D.C. and the immediate suburbs
  • In collaboration with the arts editor, create two separate arts guides (fall and spring) that cover major events happening over the course of the season
  • Research and write arts stories, including breaking news and on-the-ground reporting, for City Paper’s website and print edition
  • Communicate with outside publicity representatives
  • Contribute to City Paper group issues including The Answers Issue, The People Issue, and Best of D.C. 
  • Put together a twice-weekly arts newsletter sent to thousands of subscribers in and around D.C.


  • One to three years of journalism experience (internships count)
  • Knowledge of the D.C. arts scene, present and past
  • Experience with editorial layout software (InCopy, InDesign), content management systems, and reporting techniques
  • Solid understanding of AP Style
  • Ability to work collaboratively with City Paper’s team of in-house editors and writers
  • A sense of humor and tolerance for puns, both good and bad

If this sounds like the job for you, apply by sending a resume, a cover letter, and three examples of your best work to editor@washingtoncitypaper.com. In your cover letter, please include a sentence or two about why you want to work at Washington City Paper.

Salary starting at $40,000, depending on experience. We offer great health/dental/vision benefits, a generous PTO policy, transit benefits, and opportunities for professional development.

Washington City Paper is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that reflects the communities we cover and aim to reach. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage members of historically underrepresented groups—including but certainly not exclusive to people of color, people with disabilities, and those who identify as queer—to apply for this position.