The Atlantic has, for more than 160 years, advanced ideas that matter and sparked global conversation on the most important issues of our time. We aim to bring clarity and original thinking to questions of consequence, on topics ranging from politics, the economy, and global affairs to technology, science, and culture. As the third-longest-running magazine in America, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment: one of both continuation and transformation, of upholding our legacy while continuously reinventing ourselves for the future.
We are seeking a driven, curious, and ideas-obsessed chief writer for our soon-to-be-relaunched flagship newsletter, The Daily. You will be responsible for leading the conversation on news of the day with original pieces of analysis that will anchor each newsletter, Monday through Friday. As such, you should be deeply engaged with a wide-range of contemporary issues and events shaping life in the U.S. and abroad, including threats to democracy, Russia’s war on Ukraine, the pandemic, elections, and consequential debates over pop culture.
This role requires an original thinker with a keen interest in advancing The Atlantic’s goal of hosting diverse viewpoints and heterodoxical arguments. The Daily reaches hundreds of thousands of readers every day, and helps them contextualize what is happening through the magazine’s lens. Part of that will include highlighting specific pieces of journalism from The Atlantic—including in your original writing and reporting, when relevant. You must be a writer with the authority to take on many different complex topics, and the humility and open-mindedness to appreciate a variety of viewpoints.
You will work with an editor to plan your coverage, hone your angles, and tighten your prose, plus closely monitor reader engagement using newsletter metrics. Your news judgment, curiosity, and ability to cut to the heart of complex issues with impeccably reasoned ideas and lucid, persuasive writing will be central to the newsletter’s success.
In this role, you will:
Write five original pieces of news analysis each week in coordination with your editor
Deliver clean, clear-sighted copy while rigorously adhering to a daily deadline
Closely monitor major domestic and international news, the online conversation, and the daily journalism of The Atlantic
Find fresh angles on, or insights into, widely-covered events and issues
Anticipate major news events and plan ahead as is possible to cover them
Conduct occasional interviews to use in your writing as needed
Curate links to Atlantic stories within each edition of the newsletter
Monitor readers’ replies to build an understanding of The Daily’s audience
4+ years covering the news as a writer or reporter
Stylish prose and a magazine sensibility
Demonstrated ability to write incisive news analysis
High metabolism for consuming and covering the news
Deep interest in newsletters and the competitive field
The Atlantic Monthly Group LLC and its affiliates ("The Atlantic") are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.
Please apply here.