News Editor, The A.V. Club
About the Role:
The News Editor is a vital part of The A.V. Club, running a section that is responsible for a large percentage of site traffic and does not always fit within standard work hours. The News Editor has a strong background in and love of journalism, a nose for news, and a deep knowledge of pop culture. They are a quick writer with a strong voice, able to write a short piece on the casting of a new Shrek movie as easily as they can write jokes about the new Hanson double-LP retrospective. They are comfortable writing about a wide range of pop culture, whether or not it’s in their personal area of expertise, and finding their own story ideas to chase down. The News Editor should also have a clear understanding of journalistic ethics as they relate to cultural criticism and The A.V. Club, as well as a commitment to diversity.
- Build a queue of news stories every morning, based on an understanding of pop culture in general and The A.V. Club audience in particular, and update and maintain the news queue throughout the day.
- Exceptional headline-writing abilities.
- The A.V. Club publishes 20 – 30 news stories a day. The News Editor is ultimately responsible for writing or assigning all of those, and making sure that they are appropriately edited and fact-checked before they are published.
- The News Editor has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and is in constant communication with A.V. Club staff and social/marketing teams.
- The ability to adapt to overlapping news cycles and tight deadlines without sacrificing quality.
- Manage staff and/or freelance news writers as required, making sure that all published work meets The A.V. Club’s high editorial standards.
- Exhibits outstanding news judgment and a practical sense of skepticism—they know when something smells fishy and needs more investigation.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
This job will be based in FMG's Chicago River North office, also open to remote candidates.
About the Company
FMG and its parent, Univision, are deeply committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment and people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are very strongly encouraged to apply. Our company-wide mission is to reach very diverse audiences and so, we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.