National Editor

BuzzFeed, Washington, DC

The social news and entertainment company.

The Role 

BuzzFeed News is hiring a National Editor to oversee our coverage of government and politics, two teams with about 15 reporters and editors combined. You will have a vision for how BuzzFeed News can cover these essential beats, and will have a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to covering issues of race and multiculturalism, especially Black people’s experience in America. The National Editor will be a newsroom leader, shaping BuzzFeed News overall, and will report directly to the Editor-in-Chief.

You will have a commitment to accountability journalism and empathetic reporting; a desire to publish scoops of facts and ideas; an understanding of how politics, culture, government and the internet converge; and a desire to work in a collaborative newsroom. You will be able to inspire your teams and make BuzzFeed News’s reporting stand out from the pack.

You will have deft news judgment and an ability to edit pieces both for impact and compelling narrative. Critically, you need to show a commitment to centering under-reported communities and voices, and to helping journalists build a diverse base of sources. You can vet articles with steely rigor and write with power and grace.

As a member of the news leadership team, this editor will be involved in newsroom-wide decisions, including discussions about tough journalism and management calls.

Finally: This is not any newsroom. This is BuzzFeed News. We are a team of dogged, creative, and nimble journalists who report to people on the internet, in the language of the internet. Our tagline, “Reporting To You,” reminds us of what — and who — we’re here for. This ethos helps us beat news organizations ten times our size.

And in a time when trust of the media is at an all-time low, we don’t just ask our audience to trust us blindly: We show our work, and publish the receipts. You don't have to trust us that a secret, dossier about Trump, full of unverified and even false claims, was circulating among the highest levels of government; we published it. You don’t have to trust us that the British press has been harsher on Meghan Markle than Kate Middleton; we have side-by-side comparisons of 20 headlines that make it crystal clear. We report aggressively about politics and government no matter what side of the aisle the subject is on. We understand the internet is not separate from “real life,” and that stories about what happens online are just as important as those about problematic police unions or scientific studies or the dark side of a beloved charity. And we expose and debunk misinformation and falsehoods.

We are committed to diversity in the people we write about, the audience we serve, and the talented people we call our colleagues. “Identity” is not a beat to us; it’s intertwined in every story we write.

The politics and government desks have reporters in DC, New York, and Ohio. You can be based in DC, New York, or LA, or possibly even other cities — but when we can travel again, you would have to spend time in DC regularly. 

You will have at least 5 years experience as a reporter and/or editor covering government and/or politics, with experience covering their intersection with race in America. Editing experience is not mandatory, but encouraged. A clear and dynamic vision is required.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three stories you’ve edited, explaining how you edited them. If you have not edited, submit three stories you’ve written. You may be asked to write a memo responding to several questions and to take an edit test.

Life at BuzzFeed

At BuzzFeed, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, BuzzFeed celebrates inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity employment. At BuzzFeed, you can expect:

  • A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth via work experience, offerings from our in-house Learning @ BuzzFeed team, our Employee Resource Groups, and more
  • An attractive and equitable compensation package, including salary and stock options
  • A generous and well-rounded benefits program featuring PTO, unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym and wellness discounts, and much more
  • Plenty of snacks (healthy and indulgent), catered lunches, beverages, etc..

BuzzFeed is the world’s leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news and entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company aims to spread truth and joy across the internet by producing articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the world’s largest social food network; original reporting and investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing and product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; and original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film and digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios. 

BuzzFeed is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category.

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