Looking for a DC Editor to create, curate, and elevate OUR stories

We’re hiring a DC Editor!

The AFRO-American Newspapers is one of the oldest Black-owned newspapers in the country. For more than 130 years, it has been the town crier that sounded the alarm when needed in the Black community and the last voice at night that declared “all is well.” Today, the AFRO is a multi-platform enterprise that delivers print, electronic, and social media products that reach a diverse audience locally and nationally.

The AFRO is looking for an energetic, skilled journalist who is familiar with and is integrated in the District of Columbia metropolitan area and desires to serve as full-time news editor.

This editor must be a motivator and a coach, a writer and a copyeditor, and a multi-tasker, with a single-minded concentration on local news for our product platforms.

The ideal candidate able to adapt to ever- evolving media technologies and use them to further the mission of the AFRO-American Newspapers.

Job title: DC Editor (Onsite)

Job type/level: Full-time, 4-day* work week (Monday – Thursday). 

*Note at times there may be after-normal business hours requests and/or on-call shifts.

Reports to: The DC Editor reports to the Managing Editor and CEO & Publisher

Location: Washington DC Office – 1140 3rd St. NE 2nd Fl, Washington, DC 20002

Compensation:  $47,000 – 52,000 annually, paid bi-weekly on Fridays via direct deposit plus benefits, paid time off (PTO), discounted optional Aflac supplemental health insurance, and eligible for a life insurance policy equivalent to your annual salary paid for by the AFRO.

Job Summary: The DC Editor’s role is to create, curate and elevate stories relevant to the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area’s Black and multi-ethnic readership. The editor is responsible for recruiting and assigning freelance writers and photographers, among many other tasks, such as attending local government, social and community events; assuring DC that the
Washington/Baltimore AFRO is always on the job.

On a weekly basis, he/she must create a lineup including five to six stories for the DC section of the AFRO American newspaper’s legacy print/electronic edition. To curate, the editor is responsible for keeping a pulse on District news, regularly checking emails and building relationships with local publicists and organizations, as well as assigning stories that are strong for AFRO audiences.

The DC editor must cement supervisory relationships with freelance reporters and oversee the work of local student interns. In addition, he/she is responsible for organizing photography coverage-with an emphasis on the Lifestyle page by communicating logistics to photographers and ensuring access to events and happenings throughout the DMV. The editor should be a strong writer, ready
to contribute a story each week for the AFRO front page.

Finally, the candidate should be a skilled editor, familiar with AP style guide rules and basic grammatical and journalism tools to correct writing and factual errors, while also doing justice to the reporter’s work.

 A Bachelor’s degree with 3 – 5 years writing experience required, supervisory writing/editing experienced preferred.
 An individual with experience in using multi-platform approach to increase revenue and improve customer engagement is a plus.
 Candidate must subscribe to the professional standard and ethical principles in the spirit of AFRO founder, John H. Murphy, Sr.’s charge to his family that in part declared: “…It must always ask itself: whether it has kept faith with the common people; whether it has no other goal except to see that their liberties are preserved and their future assured; whether it is fighting to get rid of slums, to provide jobs for everybody; whether it stays out of politics except to expose corruption and condemn injustice, race prejudice and the cowardice of compromise….”.

To Join our Team:
Please include a cover letter sharing “Why the AFRO” and how your experience is a match for this position, your resume, a writing sample, and availability to hr@afro.com.