The Los Angeles Times is seeking to hire two editors for the op-ed section.
The job will require assigning, selecting and editing commentary across a wide array of subjects, including politics, science, arts and culture. The ideal candidates will have broad interests and a commitment to soliciting and publishing opinions across the political spectrum. The editors will work with some of the smartest, most interesting thinkers in the country. Some are great writers while others have never before been published. Strong editing skills and diplomacy are essential, and a writing background and a good Rolodex are also highly useful.
Like every job at The Times, these are multiplatform positions. In addition to conceiving and shaping op-eds, the editors will help develop and creatively implement Internet-only features and digital projects. The ideal candidates are idea machines, who think innovatively and creatively about new approaches and ways of presenting opinions. An interest in graphics, data journalism, videography and/or podcasting would be useful.
Being an op-ed editor requires a newspaper journalist’s sensibility and commitment to accuracy, but also willingness to work with writers embracing a wide variety of tones, styles and subjects. Generating ideas, seeking out influential thinkers and persuading them to write are all important parts of the job. Editing op-eds requires intellectual nimbleness. We publish opinions on local, state, national and international affairs, as well as pieces about culture, science, economics, social sciences and everything else our readers are thinking and talking about.
Op-ed articles require nuance and clarity and intellectual honesty, but also need to be authoritative, passionate, lively and engaging. The ideal candidates would be experienced and imaginative editors, intrigued by controversy, curious and happy to work with people who have different political points of view. They must work well with others, both inside and outside the paper. A sense of humor is a big plus. Applicants should have at least five years’ experience.
These positions are classified as Assistant Editor and are included in the Los Angeles Times Guild. Both will report to op-ed and Sunday Opinion editor Sue Horton.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.