Monday, May 20, 2024

New Republic Magazine Seeks “Inequality Editor” And Gives Them First Story: Part Time Job Has No Benefits And Isn’t Part of Union


The New Republic magazine, which I didn’t know was still in business, has a job opening: Inequality Editor.

The job is to produce four columns a week for the magazine’s website. The columns will be about… inequality. So it’s probably very apt that the position, which is part time, has no benefits and isn’t part of the magazine’s union. You work at home, 29.5 hours a week.

So the first column should be about this position. It’s like one month rent free. Or one of those come-ons from credit companies for cheap furniture.

And that is where publishing is these days, I’m afraid. Here’s the ad. (And PS. I’ll take that job. Who needs health care?)


Long a champion of equality in all its guises, The New Republic is looking for a part-time editor to oversee a forthcoming inequality vertical. The editor will be expected to recruit and oversee columnists and design potential partnership opportunities. You should be full of ideas, know how to make our coverage unique, how to inspire and mentor writers, and have ideas on how to use a small budget to grow this beat into something spectacular.

We are looking for an editor who is well-sourced in this beat and knows how to cover the pieces that no one else is; not only that, we need someone who can go into the 2020 elections raising hell.

Each week, you will be expected to edit 3-4 pieces for the website. You’ll also be expected to pitch story ideas to the print team—and also edit a print feature when the occasion warrants. While the editor will collaborate with others across the newsroom, we’re looking for someone who will work this vertical autonomously, reporting to both the executive editor and digital director.

The editor should think about stories, but also various platforms on which to tell these stories outside of print and web—think newsletters, podcasts, events, etc.

This is a non-Guild job and is open to internal and external candidates.

The New Republic is committed to diversity and encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with criminal records, veterans and people with disabilities.

While this job can be a remote position, we prefer those candidates who are already based in New York City or Washington, DC and who can work from our office. This is a part-time role, requiring 29.5 hours per week, and does not include benefits.

Send CV, samples of recent editing work, and a memo telling us how you would approach this job with a team of one staff writer and a few columnists.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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