Washington City Paper is seeking a creative and enthusiastic managing editor to support all editorial aspects of our organization. Reporting to and working with the editor, you will do a little bit of everything: generate content ideas, edit web and print stories, oversee production of print issues and our newsletters, and write stories of your own. A successful candidate is a self-starter who is equally comfortable working independently and leading teams. Most of all, they must enjoy being busy. 

This opening comes at an exciting time for Washington City Paper, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021. In addition to working with the entire City Paper team on 40th anniversary initiatives, the managing editor will play a pivotal role in the development of upcoming special issues, including Best of D.C., the Fall Arts Guide, and the People Issue.

The role:

  • Assign and edit stories —short web posts, longer features, and eventually cover stories—from staff writers and freelancers
  • Recruit and work with new freelance contributors
  • Generate story ideas, keeping in mind City Paper’s unique space in the local media ecosystem
  • With the editor, oversee production of the print issue—prepare text for the design team, proof pages, insert changes from writers, and review final pages before printing
  • Manage creation of special issues throughout the year
  • Write stories of your own, as time permits

The requirements:

  • Four to six years of editing experience, ideally at a journalism outlet
  • Experience working with and managing freelance writers and in-house staff
  • A solid understanding of AP style
  • Familiarity with web and print publishing programs (we use WordPress and the Adobe suite)
  • An appreciation for local news and Washington, D.C.
  • A positive, can-do attitude
  • A sense of humor and tolerance for puns, both good and bad

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter describing your experience and qualifications to jobs@washingtoncitypaper.com. In your letter, please include a sentence or two on what you love most about City Paper.

Salary starting at $55,000, 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.