Commissioning Editor, Special Series (environment)

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Job title: Commissioning editor, special series (environment)

Department: Editorial

Reports to: Special Series Editor, US

Normal location: Remote or New York, NY

Terms and conditions: Full-time, 12-month fixed-term contract. News Media Guild position.

Salary range: $95,000 - $110,000

Guardian US is seeking an experienced environment editor to commission for two series, America's Dirty Divide and Climate Crimes, and be part of the overall environment editing mix. Dirty Divide examines the country's vast environmental inequalities and how climate change could make things worse, while the Climate Crimes series reports on the power of the fossil fuel industry and the efforts to hold it, and its enablers, to account. The goal for both projects is to run an ambitious mix of features, investigations, news stories, and visual and interactive content, and to lead the conversation around these issues and drive impact.

The role will involve assigning and editing stories - publishing about four per month for each series - as well as collaborating with other editors who are also involved with them. While there are some guidelines for what we should be covering, the editor should have a vision for the series, and will expand on these guidelines as their interests and the news cycle suggest. There are some staff reporters connected with the projects, but freelancers play a significant role, and the editor will need to cultivate a network of writers.

This role is open to candidates based anywhere in the US. The Guardian has bureaus in New York City, Washington DC and Los Angeles, and editors living near one of our offices come into the office two days a week. Fully remote employees in other locations will be expected to attend some team gatherings in New York throughout the year.

Key relationships

Special Series Editor, Guardian US, Environment editor, Guardian US, other series editors, and reporters

Knowledge and experience

  • Strong news judgement and high standards for fair and accurate reporting
  • Deep understanding of the environment, climate justice and fossil fuel landscape
  • Track record of collaboration
  • Minimum 5-10 years experience working in an editorial capacity in a newsroom
  • Strong background in editing
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines
  • Familiarity and experience working in different story formats
  • Significant digital journalism experience
  • Proven experience with special projects and series
  • Excellent communication skills

How to Apply

We know there are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who possess important skills we haven't thought of. If that's you, we encourage you to apply and tell us about yourself.

All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter as one document.

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