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Okayafrica Seeks Managing Editor

Okayafrica’s editorial team is seeking a Managing Editor.


Okayafrica’s editorial team is seeking a Managing Editor. This person will work closely with the Editor-In-Chief and Content Manager to assign, edit, and write articles for Okayafrica’s online platforms. This is a full-time position in the Brooklyn office.

The ideal candidate should have a deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for written and visual media, and have a strong understanding of the current African landscape— specifically within the areas of news, politics, and culture.

Responsibilities include:

• Conducting planning sessions for upcoming feature articles; generating ideas with editorial staff; responding quickly to current events.

• Commissioning articles from freelance writers; working with writers on the editing/re-writing process.

• Planning and maintaining an editorial calendar.

• Negotiating payments with freelance writers; creating a fee structure.

• Growing Okayafrica's network of freelance writers.

• Managing the publishing process with editorial staff and writers.

• Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.

• Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

• Assist in developing editorial policies.

Skills and Experience:

• Knowledge of and interest in African politics/affairs, arts/culture, and music, and/or experience on the Continent a big asset.

• Must have 3+ years of writing or editing experience at a magazine or blog.

• Must have strong writing, communication, and organizational skills.

• Familiarity with WordPress, Google Docs, and basic web publishing processes a plus.

• Must have sharp attention for detail and a strong knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

• Must have a firm grasp of social media platforms and communities, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

To apply, email jobs@okayafrica.com with a resume and writing/editing samples.

Okayafrica is an EEO.

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