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Editor, Axios Pro, Defense Policy

AXIOS Media

AXIOS Media

Arlington, VA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Quick take: Axios is a growth-stage startup dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We are hiring an editor to help launch a paid subscription news product to expand our coverage of the most important news about defense policy, focused on Congress and news that affects the Hill agenda.

Why it matters: In just seven years, Axios has built a newsroom of more than 150 talented journalists committed to providing our readers the most trustworthy information in the most efficient way possible. Reporting to our senior policy editor, the defense policy editor will play a critical role in expanding a new editorial business for Axios with a sharp eye on scoops and big picture trend stories and managing two reporters responsible for an agenda-setting newsletter on defense.

Go deeper: In this role, you will make an impact to Axios through the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as player/coach, navigating between supporting the needs of journalists and producing content to build a subscription defense product
  • Edit newsletters and stories and embody a culture of journalistic best practices
  • Contribute to news products by writing and breaking relevant news stories
  • Coordinate coverage with the Axios newsroom
  • Help determine how to strike the right balance between stories and scoops in our free products and what should stay behind the paywall

The details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Axios’ mission and have the following skills:

  • A commitment to building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment
  • A belief in Smart Brevity as the core writing style of Axios
  • Strong management skills to oversee and support a team of journalists
  • Editing experience in a fast-paced news environment
  • Demonstrated experience conceptualizing big ideas and seeing them through.
  • Strong writing and editing skills for online and newsletters
  • Experience working across teams to produce quality content
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital and social media landscape
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to assign and manage multiple stories at once

What Axios brings to the table besides salary:

  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Robust PPO and High Deductible health insurance options on the Blue Cross Blue Shield network
  • Employer Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution for the high deductible health plan option
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • Generous vacation policy, plus holidays
  • One mental health day per quarter
  • Annual learning and development stipend
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Tele-mental health services through Headspace
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services
  • Personal health advocacy resources through HealthAdvocate
  • Inclusive fertility, hormonal health and family forming benefits through Carrot Fertility
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events
  • A strong and positive work environment
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture

Starting salary for this role is in the range of $105,000 -$140,000 and is dependent on numerous factors, including but not limited to location, work experience, and skills. This range does not include other compensation benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Axios is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Axios makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.