TechCrunch+ seeks an editor

November 20, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

This job is a hands-on role. The TechCrunch+ editor will engage with the TechCrunch+ writing staff from the point of ideation through publication, working with individual authors and guiding their output.

Strong editing skills, and a willingness to work directly with journalists are critical. The managing editor of TechCrunch+ will be supported by the org’s Editor in Chief, who handles hiring, budgeting, and overall direction of the publication. The editor will handle day-to-day tasks like keeping the editorial calendar up to date, and ensuring that individual members of the TechCrunch+ team are not running into procedural or reporting-related bottlenecks.

The TechCrunch+ team is hiring, meaning that the editor role will expand over to help oversee a larger team. However, the eventual hire for this role will have support from other TechCrunch/TechCrunch+ editorial inputs as required, including copy and line editing support.

TechCrunch+ runs on a combination of Slack, Parsley, Piano, WordPress, Convo, Airtable, and the Google Suite. Familiarity with those software solutions is a major plus.

The perfect candidate for this role enjoys editing high-output writers. Knowledge of subscription media mechanics a plus, but not required.

The TechCrunch+ team is remote-first, and while we do have access to offices, the managing editor can likewise work from anywhere, time zone depending.

  • Editing and mentoring writers (20% of job)here 
    • Liaising with writers routinely to brainstorm story ideas, work through the reporting and writing process, and manage deadlines via Slack, video and phone calls, and huddles;
    • Soliciting content from TC writers to add to the roster of contributors to TC+.
  • Editing, formatting, and preparing stories for publication (60% of job)
    • Ensuring staff stories and columns are clear, grammatically accurate, and free of errors, including but not limited to:
      • Communicating with reporters to rectify unclear sections of a story or column;
      • Rewriting and restructuring the story as necessary to ensure clarity and coherent flow;
      • Fact-checking proper nouns, numbers, and other statements of fact;
      • Correcting spelling and grammatical errors;
      • Ensuring copy adheres to TechCrunch house style.
    • Formatting stories as needed, including but not limited to:
      • Moving stories from Google Docs to WordPress using clean HTML;
      • Ensuring external links are coded to open in a new tab;
      • Ensuring all elements of the post (image captions, bulleted or numbered lists, subheads, etc.) are formatted and credited appropriately;
      • Removing “weird HTML,” such as <span> tags.
    • Finalizing stories for publication, including but not limited to:
      • Selecting, crediting, and formatting a main image;
      • Placing the paywall;
      • Writing and editing headlines, subheadlines, and the story excerpt;
      • Adding/eliminating appropriate categories and tags.
  • Managing copy flow (15% of job)
    • Communicating with writers and other TC+ editors about the timing of staff stories, columns, and other content to ensure even copy flow throughout the day;
    • Updating Airtable as needed to reflect anticipated, in progress, and published content;
    • Updating the TC+ homepage as needed.
  • Writing  (5% of job)
    • Occasional bylined contributions to TC+
    • Writing newsletter content as needed/assigned

To apply, go here.

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