The Hired Guns are seeking a fresh-voiced Features Editor to drive weekend culture coverage for a Houston-based digital media property.
Salary range: $80,000 to $100,000 per year
The Nitty Gritty
The backstory on the company and why they need to hire you!
This culture-forward arts and entertainment site is expanding its editorial team and is now searching for a brand-new Features Editor to cover the Houston weekend culture beat. If you can see yourself as a future Editor-in-Chief, this is the job that will help catapult your career there.
Just be aware: this is literally a weekend-long role — as the Weekend Features Editor, you will be working Thursday through Sunday planning, assigning, editing and publishing long-form features and news stories.
Here’s what that looks like in practice: Thursday and Friday will be focused on developing longer-form features to anchor weekend publishing and draw in new readers. On Saturday and Sunday, you will own coverage of news events, acting as the point-person if anything big breaks. In addition to reporting and writing, duties will include home-page curation, content aggregation, and posting to social-media channels.
How you’ll know if you’re a fit…
You know Texas and have deep roots in reporting on Houston, ideally, but we’d also love to hear from you if you’ve covered the Dallas or Austin area. You understand cultural relevance and can elevate what’s important, whether it be new music, entertainment, fashion, religion, politics, or the economy. You have a posse of writers with great voices whom you want to bring to the party.
You have a “Big J”-Journalism background where you learned how to craft news and story and have secured a few big bylines along the way. You have several years of experience covering breaking news and feature stories for a digital news operation. You’ve established a unique voice, a great story sense, and a history of growing digital audiences, discovering trending stories, and acting quickly on breaking news.
While it’s true that you’re a writer first, over time you’ve been honing your long-form breadth and editor skills and are yearning for a chance to make your mark as a Features Editor. You’ve assigned stories, top-edited copy, and scored major online beats, all the while composing SEO-magnet headlines.
The Inside Skinny
Why you should quit your job right now and join this organization!
If you’re looking to step into a senior-level editorial position in a growing digital newsroom, this is an opportunity to join a digital group in a role designed to set you up for an upward career trajectory in the next few years. It’s also a chance to come in and drive a new way of covering features while building out your own freelance team.
The Hired Guns does not and will not discriminate in considering and referring candidates for employment, or in its treatment or advancement of its employees, and will not tolerate harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.