The Senior Editor, HBCU will coordinate and drive Andscape’s coverage of historically Black colleges and universities, while also working closely with the Rhoden Fellows program.
Andscape is a Black media platform dedicated to creating, highlighting, and uplifting the diverse stories of Black identity. Magnified by the power and reach of ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, the Andscape umbrella includes an editorial division, book publishing arm, film and television division, and music publishing group – each united by the shared mission of illuminating the culture and experience of Blackness. Founded in 2022, Andscape is a reimagination, expansion and diversification of The Undefeated’s former platform.
The Senior Editor, HBCU will coordinate and drive Andscape’s coverage of historically Black colleges and universities, while also working closely with the Rhoden Fellows program. This is a managerial position with duties that include leading a team of reporters to capture the culture and impact of HBCUs across academics, entertainment and sports. The Senior Editor should know how to identify trends and spin forward news items with perspectives and context. The Senior Editor is responsible for developing a strategy for HBCU coverage that includes our HBCU band rankings and content leading up to The Celebration Bowl. The position also requires coordinating with our partners at The Walt Disney Company on HBCU initiatives and content. The Senior Editor will be based at the Andscape’s Washington headquarters.
- Lead, coordinate and edit staff and freelance reporters responsible for HBCU content.
- Conceive and assign stories that are distinctive.
- Work with the Rhoden Fellows coordinator to develop consistent content from current HBCU students.
- Collaborate with partners throughout the company to enhance content with video and design.
- Work with the audience development, research, social and product teams to help build audience and continually grow overall brand.
- Work with Sales to develop content with sponsorship potential.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in editorial and content creation, with at least 3 years managing and evaluating staff.
- Basic understanding of HBCUs and their sports conferences.
- Experience line-editing news and feature stories.
- Displays excellent news judgment.
- Ability to clearly communicate direction or needs.
- Minimum of ten years of experience in editorial and content creation, including minimum of 5 years as a manager, at a recognized national or regional publication or website.
- Demonstrated expertise in editing news and features, along with several major projects, with an emphasis on quantitative journalism. Editing and reporting experience should also include some sports or cultural news.
- Thorough understanding of the history and make up of HBCUs.
- An undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, online/multimedia or related field, AND
- A minimum of 7 years’ direct professional editorial and/or reporting experience.
- OR a high school diploma AND related training and experience.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Journalism, Communications, English or a related field.
- Well versed in African-American history.
This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.