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Politics Editor

The Atlantic is looking for an experienced editor to oversee our politics team.

This journalist will direct coverage of the 2020 presidential election, White House, and Congress; manage politics editors and a team of reporters; lead story-planning across a wide range of beats across national politics.

The ideal candidate will be a creative and independent thinker who has impeccable editorial judgment, a sense of urgency about breaking news, a keen understanding of how to assign and edit a second-day story on the first day, and a natural instinct for identifying the big questions underlying complex developing stories—including stories unfolding over a matter of hours, and those that span months and years. This person should also be equipped to shape and edit complex magazine-style narratives.

This position is based in Washington, D.C.


  • An obsession with politics, news, and great magazine stories
  • Substantial reporting and editing experience, including experience reporting and editing complex narratives
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Great interpersonal skills and a genuine interest in collaboration
  • Ability to toggle between daily coverage and longer-term projects, and apply a magazine sensibility to both


Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  1. Force of Intellect - Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.
  2. Spirit of Generosity - Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.

Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.



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