Jobs

Staff Writer

Washingtonian is looking for an aggressive, resourceful reporter with a knack for writing narrative to work as a full-time staff writer at the magazine.

The mission of our monthly print magazine and daily news website is twofold: We tell readers how Washington works. And we tell them how to get the most out of living here. We do this through deep, distinctive reporting about both Washington the hometown and Washington the company town. In a city whose major industry affects the entire nation, our job is to cover the power personalities, local obsessions, and back-stage cat-fights that are often off the radar of the national media, but crucial to explaining the workings of the federal city.

Your job will be to work sources, scour the daily sound bites, and bring us attention-getting ideas—in abundance. You should be something of an omnivore, as interested in a spectacular crime story as in one about a juicy battle between two titans of real estate. Interest in and experience with covering politics is a plus. The bulk of your job will be writing narratives of up to 6,000 words for the feature well, but you’d also contribute regularly to the news departments at the front of the book and the website, and periodically offer sharp ideas for cover and service packages. Reporting experience is mandatory, as are clips that demonstrate stylish writing and a strong comfort level with magazine story structure and tone.

To apply, please send your cover letter, résumé, and 10 clips to khinman@washingtonian.com. Clips should be hyperlinked. Do not send cover letters as attachments. No phone calls. Washingtonian serves a diverse region and seeks a diverse staff. We’re looking for people from all backgrounds.


Associate Editor

Washingtonian is looking for an associate editor who wants to write about health and fitness. Our ideal candidate can write, edit, cook up story ideas, identify upcoming trends and shine a light on the people who shape our community—and do so at a monthly print pace as well as a high-cadence digital one. This candidate ought to be well-organized, entrepreneurial, and picky about facts—but also eager to have enormous amounts of fun at work.

As the city magazine for the nation’s capital, we cover a booming metro area of roughly six million people spread across three states. But as a magazine with a small staff, we offer writers and editors a chance to take part in all aspects of the magazine and website, from writing social-media headlines to developing elaborate service sections.

The job is a relatively junior one, but it offers significant opportunities to grow: Predecessors have written longform feature stories, helmed print packages, convened public events, and found room to work on journalistic interests well beyond the job description.

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Sherri Dalphonse, sdalphonse@washingtonian.com.


Integrated Account Executive

Washingtonian magazine, the area’s award winning monthly lifestyle publication, is looking for a full time salesperson to join its team. Responsibilities include selling our print publications, digital products and event sponsorships. Candidate must have proven sales experience, excellent communication skills, and be a self-starter. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and able to thrive in a high volume, fast-paced and team-oriented environment. Knowledge of the local DC, Maryland, & Virginia market a plus. Compensation package will be commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Meet and exceed sales goals monthly sales goals.
  • Create and sell integrated media programs utilizing all platforms.
  • Cold call & prospect for new customers-sales development of territory is critical.
  • Identify the key advertising placement decision makers and initiate and pursue productive, consultative relationships.
  • Build upon and service existing advertisers in your assigned territory.
  • Develop and prepare sales proposals and custom marketing presentations for advertising clients.
  • Attend networking, community, and client events providing a strong representation of the Washingtonian.
  • Respond proactively to client requests for proposals, advertising information and materials.
  • Analyze competitive set and develop formal “account plans” for top 25 prospects in territory.
  • Execute and communicate weekly sales recaps to management.

Skills:

  • 3-5 years of print, digital, event sponsorship, and social media sales experience.
  • Ability to work with and effectively communicate to a full range of clients – from small, local businesses to corporate accounts and advertising agencies.
  • Experience using a sales CRM.
  • Cold calling and negotiation skills.
  • High competency in MS office, particularly PowerPoint & Excel.
  • Ability to deliver strong presentations to a large group.

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Susan Farkas, sfarkas@washingtonian.com


Editorial Fellowships

Are you caught—or about to be caught—somewhere in that treacherous valley between freshly minted college graduate and full-time journalist, where clips at a magazine like ours are the climbing shoes you need to get up the mountain ahead of you? Or are you at least a rising college senior with a few solid clips and, ideally, previous media internship experience?

Are you looking for the chance to write and report in the nation’s capital? Do you want to be surrounded by professionals who take journalism seriously but also like to have fun and swap ideas?

Does incomprehensible-to-outsiders corporate-speak make your insides twirl as though Lloyd Blankfein himself is stirring them from his throne at Evil HQ? Can you get fired up every day about at least one of our coverage areas: Washington news and politics, dining, lifestyle, travel, etc.?

Are you willing to, some weeks, fact-check stories to the point of unequivocal accuracy and look dead into an editor’s eyes and say “all clear”? Are you willing to check your ego at the door and occasionally work shifts at the reception desk and help out at events, knowing that doing so is just another step on the ladder to greatness?

If this sounds like a fit, we offer an experience that’s low on grunt work and high on opportunity. Graduates of our program have gone on to publications such as Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, National Geographic, Allure, Smithsonian and USA Today (and have landed full-time jobs at Washingtonian).

The positions are 40 hours a week for four months in the fall, five months in the spring, and three months in the summer, with possible extensions for standout fellows. The pay is $12.50 per hour.

Primary Duties

  • Fact-checking and research.
  • Enterprising fellows will find many opportunities to pitch and write for the magazine and the website.
  • Will have the opportunity to meet with editors, writers, and heads of department over the course of the program to discuss their roles at the magazine and their careers in journalism.
  • Position reports to Assistant Editor Kim Olsen. To apply: Please send a cover letter, résumé, three writing samples, and a list of references to editorialfellowships@washingtonian.com. Applicants should specify term (spring/summer/fall) for which they are applying.

Application deadlines

  • Spring (January-May): November 1
  • Summer (June-August): March 1
  • Fall (September-December): July 1

Web Producer and Social Media Fellowship

Do you enjoy making online stories more visually compelling? Are you a self-starter interested in working on web projects with a close-knit team?

Washingtonian is looking for a motivated web fellow to help with putting our print magazine online in new and creative ways. Your primary role will be producing our print magazine on our website, including features and packages. You will also help run Washingtonian’s social media accounts and work on ways to improve our presence and increase our following. Other duties involve creating more visual content (like maps, brackets or other online tools). There are opportunities to pitch and write stories.

If this sounds like a fit, we offer an experience that’s low on grunt work and high on opportunity. Graduates of Washingtonian’s fellowship program have gone on to publications such as Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, National Geographic, Allure, Smithsonian and USA Today (and have landed full-time jobs at Washingtonian). You are also given opportunities to meet and chat with Washingtonian editors, writers and photographers about their careers and your own role and development in media.

The position is 40 hours a week from January-May, with a possible extension for standout fellows. The pay is $12.50 per hour. The position reports to Web Producer/Writer Rosa Cartagena.

Required Skills:

  • Experience working with a CMS (WordPress preferred).
  • Web writing experience, such as web headlines and social media share lines.
  • Photoshop experience, specifically in resizing, cropping, and text overlay.
  • Social media savvy including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Bonus Skills:

  • Previous media/journalism experience.
  • Familiarity with MailChimp or other email services.
  • Basic HTML or CSS experience.

To apply: Please send your résumé, cover letter, and three samples of your work to webfellowship@washingtonian.com. This position will close at midnight on Monday November 20, 2017.


Advertising Internships

Washingtonian magazine offers internship opportunities for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. During their time at the magazine, our interns gain real-world experience in the industry by working on timely projects in various departments.

Primary Duties

Advertising interns will learn the ins and outs of outside and inside sales at a magazine. He/she will experience how a magazine advertising department works, will learn how to make successful cold calls, research and assist in building new database lists, assist the sales reps in research for new ad sections, create spreadsheets, accompany sales reps out on the road to gain hands-on experience, and immerse themselves with the team. You will occasionally work shifts at the reception desk and assist the Marketing department when Washingtonian holds events. Interns must also be available to attend multiple events outside of normal working hours, including nights.

Advertising interns must be detail oriented, organized, and enthusiastic. We are looking for hard-working and outgoing candidates who are able to work independently and demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills.

Past advertising experience is helpful but not required.

Internships are paid. The pay is $12.50 per hour. In lieu of payment, you may receive academic credit.

To apply: Send a cover letter and résumé to adinfo@washingtonian.com. Please specify in subject line Advertising Internship. You can also mail them to: Washingtonian, attn: Advertising Department, 1828 L St NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. No phone calls please.

Application deadlines

      • Spring (January-May): November 1
      • Summer (June-August): March 1
      • Fall (September-December): July 1

Events & Marketing Internships

Washingtonian magazine offers internship opportunities for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. During their time at the magazine, our interns gain real-world experience in the industry by working on timely projects in various departments.

Primary Duties

Events & Marketing interns will learn the ins and outs of event production and magazine marketing. He/she will experience how a magazine events and marketing department works, will research and assist in building new database lists, assist with on-site event execution, research for new event themes and activations, create spreadsheets, draft online event recaps, and immerse themselves with the team. You will occasionally work shifts at the reception desk and assist the Advertising department when necessary. Interns must also be available to attend multiple events outside of normal working hours, including nights and weekends.

Events & Marketing interns must be detail oriented, organized, and enthusiastic. We are looking for hard-working and outgoing candidates who are able to work independently and demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills.

Past event/marketing experience is helpful but not required.

Internships are paid. The pay is $12.50 per hour. In lieu of payment, you may receive academic credit.

To apply: Send a cover letter and résumé to adinfo@washingtonian.com. Please specify in subject line Events & Marketing Internship. You can also mail them to: Washingtonian, attn: Marketing Department 1828 L St NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. No phone calls please.

Application deadlines

        • Spring (January-May): November 1
        • Summer (June-August): March 1
        • Fall (September-December): July 1