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Atlantic Media’s National Journal Mag seeks brash, brilliant, anal, positive, honest, selfless soul

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Since The Washington Post swiped National Journal Magazine’s executive editor, Adam Kushner, they need a new one. To that end, they’ve put out a job description soliciting the right person for the job. He’ll be leaving Feb. 12, so the job could be yours for the taking. NJ mag hired Andie Coller away from Politico in December to be deputy editor. Word has it the publication wants to use this opportunity to cast a wide net.

Here we’ve pulled the most important parts of their listing.

Position: Executive Editor, National Journal Magazine

YOU:  Are not timid or traditional. “Innovative, high energy, experienced magazine editor with a strong creative vision, top-tier editing chops, excellent news judgment and the proven ability to produce a visually compelling magazine filled with extraordinary long-form journalism.”

  • Experience editing long-form journalism
  • Ability to juggle multiple stories and deadlines
  • A keen interest in politics and policy
  • Strong story conceptualization skills
  • Strong editing skills
  • A strong work ethic and motivation to succeed
  • A positive, good-natured, energetic attitude
  • Strong leadership skills
  • An ability to bring out the best in reporters
  • A commitment to nonpartisan reporting and writing
  • Attention to detail

AT YOUR CORE (verbatim from the listing):

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.

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.