Freelance Weekend & Evening Writers, The Root



G/O Media is the publisher of the web’s most original media brands, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel, Jalopnik, The Root, The Onion and The A.V. Club, and reaches over 120 million unique visitors a month—more than one-third of all Americans.  We connect with the young, diverse audiences that are shaping our future. Through fearless journalism, provoking comedy, and high-impact storytelling, we elevate the stories and issues our readers and viewers are passionate about. 


About the Role:

The Root, the premier online destination for news, politics, and culture from an African American perspective, is looking for freelance weekend and evening writers.


We are looking for sharp writers with strong voices and keen eyes 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.


We are seeking to fill two freelance positions to cover nights and weekends. Weekend writers should expect to produce 3-to-4 stories per day on Saturdays and Sundays, and a weekly writer will produce 3-to-4 stories nightly Mondays through Fridays. Because writers will often work alone, you’ll need to be a self-starter, be well organized, and have 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 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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