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We're Hiring a Research Editor

Pacific Standard is looking for an experienced research editor to own the magazine's fact-checking operations and ensure the accuracy and integrity of our content.

*Update — October 24th, 2017: We're no longer accepting applications for this position.

The Pacific Standard research editor works to ensure the accuracy of all print content and occasional investigative online features. He or she is responsible for fact checking the majority of print features and assigning out other features and front/back-of-book content as needed. The person in this position also oversees the magazine's editorial fellowship program, which recruits and trains journalists in research and fact-checking methods. If you have a hunger for the truth, are a dogged researcher and critical thinker, are compelled by issues of social and environmental justice, and enjoy engaging collaboratively with a team of top-notch writers and editors, we'd like to hear from you.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years experience fact-checking a diverse array of narrative styles and subject matter, including politics, economics, social science, education, the judicial system, and the environment. We are looking for a skilled reporter and editor who can offer thoughtful and creative solutions to errors and problems with copy. Candidates must be able to work well under pressure and exercise diplomacy in all dealings with editors, writers, and sources. This is a great opportunity for a seasoned fact checker to join an ambitious team and participate in helping to make great stories even better.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all content in the print magazine receives the highest level of fact checking.
  • Collaborate with writers, editors, and outside experts to resolve any problems, discrepancies, and/or errors.
  • Research, report, and/or locate additional resources to validate facts as necessary.
  • Identify content that requires legal review, and work with writers, editors, and counsel to generate solutions.
  • Provide research support to assigning editors, online editors, and staff writers on request.
  • Maintain fact-checking files for all stories published.
  • Recruit, train, mentor, and oversee the magazine's editorial fellows and ensure that their experience is engaging and professionally meaningful.
  • Prepare job-posting materials for the editorial fellowships, interview candidates, generate tasks, coordinate workflow, and evaluate fellows on performance.

To Apply

This position is based in our offices in Santa Barbara, California. To apply, send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to Nicholas Jackson at All application materials should be submitted electronically. We regret that we cannot respond to all applicants. Absolutely no phone calls, please.