The Atlantic has, for more than 160 years, advanced ideas that matter and sparked global conversation on the most important issues of our time. We aim to bring clarity and original thinking to questions of consequence, on topics ranging from politics, the economy, and global affairs to technology, science, and culture. As the third-longest-running magazine in America, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment: one of both continuation and transformation, of upholding our legacy while continuously reinventing ourselves for the future.
We are seeking a writer-editor to deepen service-driven books coverage at The Atlantic as part of a larger expansion of our books and literature coverage across the publication. This position will involve writing and editing smart, idea-driven book lists, highlighting the depth and originality of our 164-year-old literary archives, enlisting the expertise of our newsroom for regular reading recommendations, and more. This editor will join The Atlantic's Culture team, and also work alongside the Audience team to creatively engage readers.
The ideal candidate will have several years of experience as a writer or editor, ideally with a track record of helping readers decide what to read in original and elegant ways. You should be relentlessly curious, well-versed in magazine journalism, familiar with the book publishing landscape, and skilled at shaping ideas, whatever the format. You have sharp editorial judgment, reporting chops, a stylish writing voice, and a sophisticated understanding of reader behavior. You should be enthusiastic about the possibilities of service journalism at the Atlantic, and energized by the opportunity to serve our readers in this way.
In this role you'll:
Help establish The Atlantic as a must-read destination for Books coverage and recommendations
Help execute affiliate links and broader product strategy as part of a larger editorial expansion into more robust books coverage
Consistently generate ideas, both timely and evergreen
Plan ahead for seasonal coverage
Coordinate with audience, art, copy, and projects teams
Participate in Culture/Books planning and brainstorming meetings
Work with The Books Briefing newsletter
Understand our audience and experiment with different modes of story delivery
The position is full-time, and based in New York or Washington, D.C.
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.