Freelance Weekend Writer/Editor, The Root


The Root, the premiere online destination for news, politics and culture from an African American perspective, is looking for a freelance weekend writer.

About the Company:

Gizmodo Media Group is the publisher of the web’s most original and fearless media brands, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Deadspin, Splinter, Jalopnik, and The Root. As part of G/O Media, we reach an audience of +120 million visitors a month — more than one-third of all Americans.

About the Role:

We are looking for a sharp writer with a strong voice and a keen eye for great stories that speak to the intersection of blackness and culture, politics, entertainment, and sports, among other pertinent issues. We need you to be able to quickly write clean, accurate news stories, find unique angles on the big narratives of the day, and craft original critiques on African American news and opinion that will speak to The Root’s dedicated audience. If you have a passion for “the culture” and want to write meaningful stories that move the needle on issues surrounding race, we want to hear from you. 

The shifts for the position include Saturdays and Sundays (8am to 2pm ET). Because you’ll be the sole editorial contributor during the weekend shift, you’ll need to be a self-starter, well organized, with strong self-editing skills. 


You should have:

  • 3+ years of online writing and reporting experience, preferably in politics, culture, entertainment or breaking news, preferably for an African American audience
  • A clear, authoritative writing voice and strong copy-editing skills
  • Strong headline-writing abilities and an eye for unique angles on the news
  • The ability to work well independently


Please apply with a resume, cover letter, and answer the job-specific questions below.

G/O Media is 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.

This is a remote contract position in all US time zones and it reports into the Managing Editor.

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