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The Christian Science Monitor seeks a national desk editor, regional bureaus

August 9, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

We’re looking for a skilled editor to join our dynamic National News Desk at The Christian Science Monitor. With bureaus in seven cities around the United States, we cover a broad range of political, social, and economic issues. Our editors work closely with writers to develop sharp stories that go beyond the immediate headline to offer informed analysis and bring to the surface the values and perspectives that drive events but often get little attention.

Candidates should have:

  • Substantial editing experience and be excited about shaping excellent coverage as part of a team.
  • A love of news and awareness of and excitement about the Monitor’s unique journalism is a must, as is an ability to work effectively with staff writers and freelancers
  • To present lively stories told in a variety of formats, be it a short explanatory piece or an in-depth, long-form read.
  • We love editors who bring creative ideas to the table and are constantly seeking new ways to tell stories and engage readers.


The National Desk Editor, Regional Bureaus is responsible for supporting coordination of and editing of issues across the spectrum, including politics, government, social and cultural issues, and daily life. The incumbent works with both staff writers and freelancers to ensure coverage appropriate to the Daily and the Weekly. The Editor will also work with writers to ensure smooth travel, proper security arrangements, and compliance with CSM codes of ethics as relevant to travel in the region. As part of this, the Editor should keep paper records of relevant travel documents (e.g. passport) of reports, and check with all writers about hostile-environment or other relevant training, where necessary.

Editorial capabilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Demonstrated skills in targeting the stories that matter and give readers a clear sense of why they matter.
  • Has told or guided stories that approach topics in a variety of styles and lengths, and is keen to explore new ways to tell stories using multimedia and graphics.
  • Excels at bringing out the best reporting and writing in correspondents, and at lively and careful editing.
  • Has a sharp eye for detail and sets the highest standards for accuracy and excellence, including accurate sourcing and original work.
  • Is very familiar with the CSM Code of Ethics and reviews its principles regularly and communicates them to writers.
  • Committed to the Monitor’s vision for covering the news in a way that promotes deeper engagement and better understanding through a values orientation.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in written and verbal format and build and maintain relationships.
  • Team player, with the confidence to take the lead and guide others when necessary.


Supervisor: National News Editor

Regular Contacts: Has regular contact with the National News Editor, and other National writers.


College degree and some editing experience, or at least 5 years of experience in journalism or comparable experience such that the employee has demonstrated the ability to make news decisions quickly.


  • Has a strong sense of what’s interesting and meaningful to readers.
  • Has a strong background or base knowledge of relevant subjects for context and proportion.
  • Is keenly aware of ethical considerations in editing, from how stories represent sources to avoiding plagiarism.
  • Has some strategic sense of a section’s or department’s distinctive voice and role.
  • Plays an advisory role in hiring and firing decisions.
  • Is able to advocate both for themselves as an editor and for writers.
  • Provides candid and useful personnel reviews.

Technology Skills:

  • Experience with Google Suite applications (Google Docs, etc.), EZ Publish, social media platforms.

Work Environment: May work remotely with periodic visits to the Boston office as needed.

Salary Range: The range of starting pay for this role is $81,506.00 to $105,956.60

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