Late Night Politics and Entertainment News Writer, Bustle
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UPDATE: Thank you so much for your interest in this position! Unfortunately, we have received many applications and have chosen to move forward with selected candidates at this time. That said, we encourage you to still apply to this position here. If we have additional openings, we will be in touch!
Bustle is seeking a part-time, remote Politics and Entertainment News Writer to help fill various verticals with intelligent, thoughtful, and fast articles from 7pm-2am EST.
Applicants should be well-versed in news and politics reporting, but also have a strong interest in entertainment and lifestyle topics. Day-to-day responsibilities include breaking news, informative roundups, and identifying social media trends. Applicants should have daily website/blogging experience, a strong voice, and be able to rapidly switch gears between news, entertainment, and lifestyle coverage. That could mean writing a story about how a piece of legislation impacts women followed by another about Kylie Jenner’s latest Instagram post. Diverse voices and applicants with a spectrum of experience are encouraged to apply.
Topics of news coverage will include politics, women's issues, national news, global news, health, science, crime, and more. Entertainment coverage involves pop culture, TV, music, film, and celebrity news. Though News coverage is our primary focus, candidates should be open to covering Entertainment stories at least once or twice per week.
Candidates should be able to work between two and three CONSECUTIVE shifts at the following times (EST):
Sunday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Monday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Tuesday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Thursday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
These hours are not easy and will not change. Candidates need to be absolutely confident that they can be productive during this late-night shift.
- Cover breaking news in real-time and write assigned stories at a breakneck speed
- Juggle multiple articles at a time, with the ability to switch between politics, lifestyle, entertainment, and trending content at the drop of a hat
- Synthesize information in a way that is easily accessible and relevant to our audience
- Master search engine optimization and apply these skills to own pieces
- Be a team player, listen to direction, and pitch in where needed
- Follow Bustle style and turn in crystal-clear, conversational copy
- Monitor social media and identify fresh, viral angles on top news and entertainment stories
- Comfortable incorporating photos, videos, tweets, and memes naturally into news stories
- Be able to write in a conversational tone while remaining both informative and accurate
- Ability to write clearly and accurately
- Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards
- Pitch-perfect news judgement
- A strong voice and innovative ideas
- 2+ years reporting/blogging/writing experience
- Eagerness to work at a speed competitive with other outlets
- Degree in journalism, communications, political science, or related
- Comfortable covering a wide range of topics