31 January 2011

Job Opening: Fashion Editor for ESPN The Magazine (New York)

Post date: 31 January 2011
Department: ESPN The Magazine

Job Title: General Editor

Job ID: 280029

ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.

ESPN was founded by Scott Rasmussen and his father Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 5,900 employees, each year ESPN airs more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of Emmy-winning sports programming. Our sole mission is to serve sports fans wherever sports are watched, listened to, discussed, debated, read about or played.

Job Responsibilities

The Fashion Editor for ESPN The MAGAZINE will manage the editorial vision for style, fashion and athletes found within the magazine. This person will also oversee the editorial vision for our digital platforms of The Magazine such as mobile, iPad and online. This person will have to provide creative vision and ideas for these multiple platforms. The candidate will style shoots with athletes, as well as other creative processes involving the pages of the magazine. This position requires a passion for sports and also in-depth knowledge of the major sports.

This person will also: gather content and coordinate coverage; work to expand and make coverage more comprehensive, using multiple platforms, including video, audio, and text; work with staff writers, editors and freelancers; generate story ideas; contribute to special features and stories; and edit multiple stories, among other duties.

He or she will may be responsible for editing copy for The Magazine and other digital platforms to ensure established tone, theme, accuracy, style and consistency requirements are met. This person will also write blurbs, blogs and features; enhance existing material; contribute to creating a positive multimedia experience for users of The Magazine’s various platforms.

Required Qualifications

• 5+ years in the fashion community as an editor.
• Advanced competence in writing, editing and reporting.
• Advanced appreciation of popular culture, e.g., "what's cool" and contributes to an understanding of the tastes of ESPN's audiences.
• Advanced ability to follow and shape stories at various stages of development using various means of presentation.
• Advanced news journalism experience and news judgment; understands assigned sport from a journalistic point of view, but is not locked into the newspaper tradition.
• Advanced understanding of HTML and Internet/mobile publishing tools.
• Strong English grammar, strong understanding of AP style and excellent organizational skills.
• Strong ability to work efficiently under deadline pressures.
• Has familiarity with most major Internet search engines and fluency in electronic newsgathering techniques, including quickly navigating the Internet.
• Strong understanding of some or all major sports, as well as a working knowledge of athletes, coaches, league operations and the like.
• Some travel required, as well as excellent communication skills and team player attitude.

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelors’ degree or higher in journalism, communications or a related field.
• Contacts with American & European designers.

Imagine a career with an organization that brings smiles to millions every day. Imagine working with people whose passion for what they do is simply indescribable. We are The Walt Disney Company, live with a rich legacy of innovation, entertainment, and lifelong memories. With our vast array of both businesses and professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to join a team that’s beloved around the world, and to find out how it feels to love what you do. We invite you to discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you‘ve been looking for.

ESPN, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.

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