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Senior Associate Editor: The Battle for the Constitution

The Atlantic is seeking a resourceful, entrepreneurial editor to commission, review, and edit stories on the Constitution and the debates that surround it. This is an 18-month position, running from June 2019 to December 2020. The editor will have primary responsibility for “The Battle for the Constitution,” an editorial project of The Atlantic produced in partnership with the National Constitution Center. The editor will be expected to partner with writers offering a full range of viewpoints on fiercely contested constitutional questions, ensuring that the resulting stories have depth, integrity, and style. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assigning stories on constitutional issues
  • Editing stories of a variety of lengths, from real-time analysis to detailed essays
  • Building the diversity of contributors and perspectives


  • Experience editing stories for general audiences
  • Demonstrated fluency with legal terms and constitutional concepts
  • Editorial imagination and force of intellect
  • Commitment to airing a variety of arguments
  • Exceptional facility with written language 

Atlantic Media Values:

  1. Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter. 
  2. Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.
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