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About Us

The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and... Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.

About the Role

This is a senior role providing comprehensive editorial oversight of our News Desk, with responsibility for leading a team of journalists and partnering with numerous others across The Athletic to deliver strong, timely and impactful stories on major news in all sports.

This will be remote for candidates located in the United States or Canada only.

• Manage a staff of editors and reporters with an emphasis on the delivery of daily news stories.
• Collaborate on the big-picture, conceptual vision for the vertical in concert with the wider newsroom, including the generation and execution of story ideas with the broadest possible appeal.
• Provide long term direction of the News team and strategic development for its staff.
• Develop workflow and prioritization to balance a wide range of assignments, including fast-paced breaking news, creative spot features, timely explainers and longer range projects.
• Work to bring a distinctive voice and strong editing guidance to our coverage.
• Maintain an understanding and proficiency of key newsroom metrics and audience strategies.
• Coordinate staffing, including schedules, with respect to editorial resources and key priorities.
• Collaborate with staff all over the newsroom for stories and to serve as a leader and liaison with individual sport verticals and other departments.
• Edit and publish stories via WordPress.
• Manage the vertical’s financial budget, including month-to-month expenditures.

• 8+ years of experience in digital sports journalism, with experience at a management level.
• Keen news judgment, with experience framing stories that result in solid engagement.
• The ability to work with reporters and fellow editors to strengthen ideas both individually and as part of a broader report.
• Advanced understanding of copy editing, story structure, style guidelines and clear, succinct writing.
• Clear understanding of fairness, accuracy and sensitive subjects and sourcing needs.
• Expert ability to mentor writers and editors of all levels.
• High-end knowledge of sports news.
• The ability to work nights and weekends as needed, serving on call for major stories and sporting events.
• This will be remote for candidates located in the United States or Canada only.

The annual base salary range for this role is $80,000.00 - $100,000.00 USD. The total compensation offered for this position may vary based on factors such as education, experience, skills, and location. It may also include non-cash rewards and benefits. The base salary range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

The Athletic offers unique perks and benefits to all full-time employees based on their country of residence. Our comprehensive US benefits package includes:

- Highly competitive, employer-contributed medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance plans.

- Savings accounts for medical, wellness, and childcare expenses.

- 401k retirement savings plan and employer match.

- Paid time off including paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 15 days of accrued vacation to start, and up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave.

For international candidates: Our global benefits packages offer similar benefits and perks, competitive to the local market.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Click here to review our Applicant Privacy Notice, which describes how and when The Athletic Media Company collects, uses, and shares certain personal information of job applicants and prospective employees.

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