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Social Media Editor, CityLab - Washington, DC

Industry Digital Media
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.citylab.com


CityLab, The Atlantic’s sister site devoted to the most pressing issues and innovative ideas shaping today’s global cities and neighborhoods, is looking for an exceptional social media editor to join its growing team.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing CityLab’s social media feeds, strategy, and partnerships. This includes applying both an entrepreneurial sensibility and high journalistic standards to how our work is presented, packaged, and distributed in the social space.
  • Working closely with the site’s editors to edit, polish, and position CityLab’s other key conduits to its audience: Our homepage and email newsletters.
  • Working with CityLab’s writers and editors to build and leverage personal-professional social media accounts, and helping them understand the mechanics of different platforms as needed.
  • Identifying new platforms, partnerships, and practices that can drive traffic and grow our audience.
  • Occasional web production duties, as well as helping to manage the work of our editorial fellows.  
  • The opportunity to write for the site.

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • You should be an excellent writer and editor with a passion for social media and experimenting in the digital world. You should love journalism and working on the web, and have experience crafting great headlines and navigating analytics. You should have an awesome sense of humor and a desire to work hard alongside a scrappy team of lovable nerds. You should have tons of ideas and the ability to execute them creatively.

You'll Get Noticed If: 

  • You have at least one year of professional experience as a digital journalist. Those with social media experience are especially encouraged to apply, but we are also interested in hearing from sharp web producers and writers who are interested in a broader range of strategic responsibilities.
  • You have a demonstrated background or passion for cities or related topics. 


This position is based in Washington, D.C., though highly qualified candidates in New York City will also be considered. Please submit a résumé, cover letter, and either links to clips (3) or to examples of social media or digital editing work (3). 


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.

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