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Associate Editor

Charlottesville VA

Virginia Magazine, published by the University of Virginia Alumni Association, seeks an Associate Editor - an experienced journalist and gifted writer who also brings significant editing and project management skills. The Associate Editor, who reports to the Managing Editor, will create some of the most important content for our high-profile, national award-winning 230,000-circulation magazine; work with and edit other writers; and collaborate on story generation and content planning across multiple platforms.

Key Priorities & Responsibilities

- First and foremost: Reporting and writing, across a range of subject-matter and story lengths, on short deadlines and longer ones, including major features, hard news, Q&A and alternative storytelling

- Edit a wide range of content, including many of Virginia Magazine’s regular sections; assist with feature editing; edit the regular cycle of e-newsletters and online copy

- Story generation and content planning, including regularly pitching viable story ideas that speak to and engage our unique U.Va. alumni readership

- Related: Develop a highly attuned sense of that audience, and the qualities, sensibilities, experiences, and traditions that bind

- Work the beat, build relationships, and cultivate sources throughout the U.Va. community

- Manage freelance writers, helping the magazine cultivate a reliable pool of talented contributors

- Pitch in with the department’s Alumni Association communications responsibilities, including writing press releases

Professional Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree, with preference for concentrations in journalism, English, media studies, or the humanities

- Five years’ professional journalism experience in magazines or newspapers, with well-honed news judgment and an ingrained sense of journalistic standards, practices, and integrity

- Strong reporting skills, including polished interview skills, deep-dive research capabilities, and resourcefulness

- Exceptional writing skills with a sense of storytelling, pacing, style, and wit

- At least three years’ experience in substantive line editing and a talent for burnishing rough copy into diamonds

- Project management and organizational skills

- Digital savvy and an understanding of the different requirements of different platforms

- Familiarity with the University of Virginia, preferably as one of our alumni

- An understanding of higher education, and experience in a university setting

- Ability to work both independently, as a self-starter, and collaboratively, as a team player who adds energy and positivity to the workplace

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel), Adobe Creative Cloud, and online content management systems preferred


Applicants: Please include cover letter and at least three writing samples (PDF or hyperlink only for samples).

Posted February 10, 2020

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