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Senior Editor (The Atlantic)

Job ID: 7272
Job Views: 4509
Location: Washington / New York / Remote, , United States
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Job Category: Publishing
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 07.27.2022

Job Description

The Atlantic is seeking a creative and entrepreneurial senior editor to edit stories that will change how readers see the world. The editor will be expected to generate story ideas, guide writers through the reporting and writing process, and ensure that the resulting stories have depth, integrity, and style. This person will need impeccable editorial judgment and devotion to the craft of writing. We will consider candidates based remotely, outside of our preferred New York City or Washington, DC office locations.



  • Significant experience assigning and editing major feature stories, including narratives, profiles, and argued essays
  • Editorial imagination and force of intellect; an eye for original ideas
  • Large and varied network of writers, scholars, and other potential contributors
  • A demonstrable record of publishing writers of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to guide, coach, and cajole writers to do their best work
  • A knack for display copy and other elements of magazine packaging and web publishing

Key responsibilities:

  • Assigning and editing feature stories for both the print magazine and the website
  • Working closely with both staff writers and freelancers; expanding our network of contributors
  • Helping to ensure that our coverage is thoughtful, heterodox, and maximally ambitious
  • Shepherding pieces through copyedit and fact-checking; working with teams across the newsroom to enhance the presentation of stories
  • Guiding and mentoring more junior editors; offering suggestions and ideas to colleagues across the newsroom


Atlantic Media Values:

  • Spirit of Generosity: The Atlantic seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.
  • Force of Ideas: At the center of The Atlantic is a belief in the power of ideas. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, and honesty to their examination.
  • Sense of Belonging: The Atlantic was founded in 1857 as a home for intellectual debate, but also in opposition to the great moral injustice of its time. More than a century and a half later, we continue to believe our purpose is larger than ourselves.

At its best, our culture reflects this calling. It is characterized by goodwill and a deep sense of mutual concern. Our goal is not consensus—on the contrary, our best work may be born of spirited exchange and a diversity of views. What brings us together is a commitment to the mission of the Atlantic, to our readers, and to one another.

The Atlantic Monthly Group LLC and its affiliates ("The Atlantic") are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.  

Job offers to work at The Atlantic are contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of reference checks and compliance with The Atlantic's COVID-19 vaccination policy. The Atlantic requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including subsequent boosters, and submit proof of vaccination status. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

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