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Editorial/Opinion Writer

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #86
Sunday, February 14, 2021

About The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC

Since 1829, The Philadelphia Inquirer has been “asking on behalf of the people” by providing essential journalism for the diverse communities of the Philadelphia region. The Inquirer, a for-profit public benefit corporation owned by the non-profit Lenfest Institute, produces Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism that changes lives and leads to lasting reforms. Its multiple brand platforms — including newspapers,, e-Editions, apps, newsletters, and live events — reach a growing audience of more than 10 million people a month. “In a free state, there should always be an inquirer asking on behalf of the people: Why? Why? Why?” — John Norvell, Inquirer co-founder


We’re looking for a writer with depth, versatility and speed to contribute commentary and editorials as part of our ambitious opinion team. The job will require someone attuned to the hot button issues of the day and has a facility for producing thoughtful, provocative and engaging viewpoints. This writer should be willing and able to explore how to deliver commentary in as many forms as possible – from the narrative to the visual – and on a variety of platforms. The candidate should have a strong point of view, with a broad range of interests. We want someone interested in provoking and explaining, enraging and engaging. In addition to writing commentary, regular duties will also include contributing unsigned editorials – reflecting the editorial board’s consensus opinion. The ideal candidate will be versatile enough to switch between deep dives and rapid responses, and to seek out new approaches to the form. An ideal member of the editorial board is someone with strong, informed perspectives about the Philadelphia region — especially how legislation and policy can shape the lives of residents, particularly those in communities The Inquirer has historically overlooked. We’re looking for someone who can argue passionately and defend a point of view, but also remain open to debate and consensus among editorial board members.The ideal candidate will demonstrate relationships with and ties to the local community with a particular emphasis on communities of color.

What You'll Do:

  • Become a strong, trusted and compelling voice on issues facing the city and the region.

  • Contribute commentary in a variety of forms for digital and print.

  • Write staff editorials, opinion columns and essays, as well as quick-turn opinion pieces on trending topics for digital audiences

  • Play a key role on the editorial board, helping to shape the editorial voice while also contributing occasional columns to the opinion pages

  • Explain complex issues to readers on a broad range of topics, and be able to take well-informed positions on community issues

  • Develop sources and seek diverse viewpoints (master the other side of the story)

  • Use social media both as a reporting tool and as a venue for promoting work

Who We're Looking For:

  • A strong interest in local, state, national and international issues

  • Ability to write persuasively about complex public-policy questions

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of our team, collaborating with other
    editorial board members who represent a diverse range of viewpoints

  • Basic data literacy and analysis skills and ability to build simple charts, graphs, maps with in-house tools

  • Ability to gather, edit and post basic video and audio clips

  • Ability to interpret audience analytics to inform decisions

Other Things To Know

  • There is regular evening and weekend work with varied hours – Monday through Sunday.

  • Please include up to five samples of your work on your application.

Other Things To Know

We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to submit an application, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals with disabilities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA