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Associate Editor

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
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Jul 23, 2021
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Associate Editor


Job ID: 2021-13103
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Communications and Public Relations

Princeton University


The Princeton Alumni Weekly – known as PAW – is seeking an associate editor to manage the magazine’s coverage of alumni and research, playing a key role in PAW’s editorial operation. Despite its name, PAW is published 11 times per year; we believe it remains the most frequently published alumni magazine in the United States.

The associate editor will assign and edit all articles in our Princetonians and research sections, working with freelance writers and other PAW staff members on all stages of article development, shepherding stories from the idea stage through publication. This editor must be comfortable speaking to faculty members and writers about all the academic disciplines at Princeton University and about the wide range of alumni careers and roles, and must be able to help translate complex information, including science research, to language non-experts will understand. This editor must be able to edit with sophistication and authority, and must do so quickly, accurately, and efficiently. Effective collaboration with other PAW staff members is essential.


For each issue, the associate editor prepares 3-4 articles for the Princetonians section and 2-3 articles about research. The editor works with colleagues, alumni, and others across the campus community to develop story ideas; assesses freelance talent to make assignments; negotiates compensation; works with writers on multiple rounds of editing and fact-checking; writes headlines and captions; collaborates with PAW’s art director to find appropriate images; participates in brainstorming meetings; proofreads and makes corrections; and maintains communication with department chairs, center directors, and other staff and faculty about Princeton research. The associate editor also collaborates with PAW’s digital editor to produce our monthly books newsletter, organizing the many new books and author press releases sent to PAW by alumni, faculty, publishers, and other sources, and working closely with a student intern who writes about books online. Finally, the editor will write articles as time permits


Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years of journalism experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of editing experience (not including student journalism)
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit sophisticated articles about complex subjects
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under deadline pressure
  • General knowledge of Princeton and its alumni and faculty
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion, including Alumni Day and Reunions
  • Reads widely
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct interviews in person, on the phone, and via applications such as Zoom
  • Working knowledge of Drupal and InCopy, or ability to learn before start date
  • Microsoft Word
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to multitask
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communicator
  • Collegial spirit
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in journalism or science journalism or advanced training in science, humanities, or social sciences (in addition to journalism experience)
  • Podcasting creation and editing skills
  • Experience covering research, science, the humanities, or social sciences
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW



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