The Verge is a digital publication that approaches business, politics, science, and entertainment through the lens of technology. In a world increasingly dominated by big tech companies, The Verge is a fast-paced newsroom that seeks to empower its readers with breaking updates about tech platform shifts/changes; a thorough and thoughtful reviews/service program; and ambitious investigative journalism that confronts power, labor, and racism.
As The Verge grows into its tenth year, we are looking to add a deputy features editor to a nimble, award-winning features desk. The deputy features editor will work closely with the features editor to assign, edit, and publish the deeply reported, narrative stories that have become a hallmark of The Verge. The goal of every assignment is to tell a story that is urgent and enduring, and a good editor recognizes how to make complicated ideas accessible through writing that is elegant, clear, and often funny. And as a part of a fast-paced newsroom, the editor will pick up fast turnaround scoops and reports to keep pace with the news cycle.
The ideal candidate understands how stories work on a structural level while being rigorous on a line level. Most critically, they can give feedback to writers on how to approach both. In addition to helping edit two reporters, this role involves assigning freelance features, and the ideal candidate is excited to bring new voices to The Verge and build relationships with new writers. There will also be opportunity to work on projects in other mediums (podcast, video) and across The Verge's tech, policy, and science desks.
What you'll do
• Collaborating with the features editor to conceive ambitious longform investigative features
• Building and maintaining a network of diverse freelance writers
• Working closely with The Verge's art to design rich, interactive reading experiences
• Managing a workflow between art, copy, fact-check, social, and legal teams
• Participating in site-wide editorial initiatives, such as special issues and events
What you'll bring
• Challenging and impactful story ideas
• A confident sense for structure and storytelling matched with a rigorous eye for editing on the line level
• A lot of opinions on how stories should be told, presented, and distributed
• A network for excellent and diverse freelance writers
• A network of freelance fact-checkers
• Experience in radio or video
• Fluency in a non-English language
In your cover letter, please include a link to a single feature-length story you worked on (as a writer or editor) and are really proud of. Also, include a link to a feature you did not work on (and is not from The Verge) that represents that kind of story you want to publish.
Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rvo4ej-34-231-243-21-42 in your application.