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.
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
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. TheAtlantic 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.