Dallas Food/Dining Editor at Eater (Part-time)

January 21, 2022

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Position Overview 

Eater is looking for an experienced reporter and editor to oversee its Dallas city site, one of its marquee publications. The Eater Dallas editor will guide day-to-day coverage of the site and its overall sensibility, including its mix of news stories, service-focused maps and guides, and features. The editor is responsible for audience growth and engagement as well as impact and relevance in the community; stories should not all focus on one area or subject; the editor should have the range to cover the bar and hospitality industries, COVID-19 policy changes, and labor and social justice narratives, too. The role also includes assigning, editing, and packaging freelance pieces; taking ownership of high-touch service maps like the Eater 38; and scheduling/strategizing for social media and the Eater Dallas newsletter. 

This is a part-time, Vox Media Union position.

About Eater:

The Eater network, which includes Eater.com, 25 local Eater sites, an Emmy-award winning YouTube channel, podcasts such as Eater's Digest and Gastropod, and TV shows on Hulu and PBS, is a brand focused on storytelling and service around restaurants and food culture.

Through thoughtful maps and guides, deeply reported features, breaking news, and pointed commentary and analysis, we help our audiences understand their local food scenes and make informed dining decisions. 

We seek to offer guidance, entertainment, and news and to do so fairly, accurately, and with nuance to a diverse and growing audience across a variety of platforms. We want to ensure that our staff is made up of talented food obsessives with a variety of experiences and perspectives, from a variety of regions, and from a diverse set of backgrounds. 

What you’ll do: 

  • Have a vision of the food and restaurant culture in Dallas and how Eater should approach to covering it
  • Oversee all of the site’s service-first content including maps, guides, major news and occasional feature reporting
  • Ideate and oversee occasionally longer-lead feature and trend stories and reports about the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant scene
  • Maintain a wide network of sources both inside and outside Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant brands
  • Direct coverage of the unveiling crisis surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant community
  • Ensure all copy onsite is copy edited and meets our style guide and editorial standards
  • Ensure all posts are SEO optimized and that headlines meet Eater’s standards
  • Assign and edit the work of freelancers; ensure a freelancer pool that reflects the diverse demographic of voices in your city
  • Oversee social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, to promote the site’s content 
  • Participate in cross-brand promotional efforts and collaboration with the national Eater.com team as communicated by other team managers
  • Occasionally appear on panels, radio, and other public appearance as appropriate for the brand
  • Oversee the sending of newsletter

What you’ll bring: 

  • Diverse journalism experience, particularly with breaking daily news, developing sources, and covering a beat, as well as editing copy
  • Comfort with cold-calling and fast pace of digital news, as well as a sense of urgency
  • A drive to continue Eater’s reputation as the number one source furthering the conversations about the restaurant world in your city.
  • A drive to predict vs. react to the news cycle; an ability to create proactive vs. reactive narratives about the restaurant industry
  • Attention to detail, strong news judgement, story packaging, and careful eye for accuracy
  • Interest in digital headline writing, analytics, and social media publishing
  • A love for restaurants and knowledge of the local scene and at the very least a voracious hunger to become an expert in the industry
  • Excellent organizational skills, focus, and the ability to work independently
  • Impeccable grammar and attention to detail with an eye toward clean copy
  • Comfort with adapting to new content management systems

Bonus points for: 

  • Experience covering business, real estate, hospitality, or legal matters
  • Experience with writing and/or editing long-lead, high-touch feature stories
  • Fluency in second language

*This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East.

About working at Vox Media:

This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

Vox Media is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our employees. All employees in our offices are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption. Employees with approved religious or medical exemptions may be subject to additional safety requirements, including submitting to regular COVID-19 testing and wearing a face covering in our offices. 

Please note that our recruiting team will only contact you from @voxmedia.com email addresses, and we will never contact you via text message.

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