The Texas Observer Seeks an Assistant Digital Editor

The Texas Observer is seeking an assistant digital editor to help improve our growing online presence. We are a 63-year-old National Magazine Award-winning Texas institution. We are also a daily digital must-read covering Texas news and culture with an emphasis on politics, social justice, inequality, race, environment and immigration. The ideal applicant will have fluency in packaging and promoting long-form reporting, as well as shorter articles and videos.

As the assistant digital editor, you are responsible for working with the digital editor to improve Observer content, presentation and promotion across all platforms. The ideal applicant must be a digital ace who understands SEO and best practices for promoting stories via social media and newsletters. Candidates should have fresh ideas for how to improve story presentation within the CMS (WordPress) and on social media. Experience with coding, design and mapping is preferred.

You must be a reliable, mission-oriented professional with an ability to work independently and think on your feet. You’ll have some editorial responsibilities, but your primary objective will be to help amp up our digital strategy.

Qualifications include:

-Strong writing skills and two years experience in a newsroom.

-Familiarity with WordPress (or other CMS), Adobe Creative Suite and social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter.

-Experience with newsletters and social media advertising.

-Knowledge and passion for all things Texas, especially news and politics (or a willingness and ability to learn quickly).


-Post web-only and magazine stories to WordPress

-Create and send weekly newsletters

-Assist digital editor with scheduling social media posts and advertising

-Occasionally helping with light editing on online-only stories

-Increase usage of Observer archives on all platforms

-Assist editorial/business staff in promoting feature stories, magazine launches and events

-Create digital graphics

-Work on long-term projects that improve the website’s organization, function and presentation

Please send cover letter, resume and three samples of your work to [email protected] by October 20.

Location: 54 Chicon St, Austin TX 78702

The Observer, based in Austin, is an Emmy- and National Magazine Award-winning nonprofit media organization known for its fearless investigative reporting and narrative writing about all things Texan. Since 1954, we’ve been committed to covering issues ignored or underreported by other media.

Texas Observer is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, political affiliation, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and/or sexual orientation.