Wired seeks a features editor
As WIRED grows and becomes more global, we are investing further in the deeply reported, carefully crafted longform storytelling that is one of our hallmarks. We are looking to add to our already sizable team of full-time editors assigning and editing these feature stories.
Some of these stories recount how entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders of all stripes are tackling humanity’s biggest challenges. Others are simply extraordinary tales—mysteries, crime sagas, fun romps. All illuminate the ways in which science and technology are changing business, politics, culture, society, and human nature itself.
A WIRED features editor knows the difference between a topic and a story, can guide a writer in their reporting to bring out the most compelling characters and story elements, is skilled at structuring longform narratives for maximum impact, and is a deft line editor with a love of elegant writing and zero tolerance for jargon. You will work with both WIRED staff writers and freelancers, and in either case you should be someone who derives joy from helping talented writers grow. You should be good at delivering clear, thorough, and empathetic feedback, be a font of ideas, and come with a roster of diverse and talented freelance writers. The job can be based in WIRED’s San Francisco or New York offices, but location is flexible.
Conceiving feature stories and evaluating feature pitches from freelance writers
Assigning, tracking, and editing stories
Recruiting freelance feature writers
Participating in brainstorms with other editors, bringing original ideas and helping fine-tune others
Working closely with WIRED’s art, production, research, copy editing, and social teams
Working with a top editor to polish and perfect articles
Experience with and curiosity about stories on how technology and science are affecting business, culture, politics, and ideas
Demonstrated ability to turn feature story manuscripts into first-rate articles for a national audience
Excellent skills in structuring narratives and line editing for rhythm, beauty, and impact
Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a team of fact checkers, copy editors, designers, photo editors, digital producers, social media producers, and other story editors
Facility with headlines, subheads, captions, and other elements of story building and promotion
To apply, go here.