BuzzFeed is hiring a

Commissioning Editor

Mumbai, India

BuzzFeed India is looking for an editor to find, commission, edit, and track feature-style essays for BuzzFeed's audience in India. This is a consulting assignment based in Mumbai.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the India editor-in-chief and other BuzzFeed editors to develop and execute a strategy for feature-style essays.

  • Build and maintain a database of freelance writers with the demonstrable ability to write shareable essays.

  • Build and maintain relationships with each writer.

  • Solicit pitches via a network of freelancers and on social media.

  • Monitor incoming pitches to commission a bank of essays to publish.

  • Create and maintain a publishing schedule for feature essays.

  • Commission topical essays based on trending themes at least once per week.

  • Commission essays based on large events or occasions ahead of time.

  • Write original essays whenever necessary and whenever possible.

  • Work with other BuzzFeed editors to edit commissioned essays for optimal structure, length, quality, and traction.

  • Liaise with other teams at BuzzFeed to package each essay.

  • Experiment with formats and styles to keep building a bank of data about essay performances on BuzzFeed India.

  • Strategise and execute distribution of each published essay.

Requirements:

  • Ideally at least 3 years writing and editing essays for a web publication

  • Knowledge and experience of nonfiction writing at a professional level

  • A demonstrated ability to write viral nonfiction

  • Ability to write and edit quickly, while meeting a high bar of quality

  • Ability to give constructive feedback and develop both emerging and experienced writers

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Good organizational skills — you can keep multiple balls in the air at once

  • An incurable internet and social media addiction

  • Proven understanding of the kinds of content that generates engagement online in India, and the ability to articulate those qualities

  • Ideas! An endless well of ideas!

  • Bonus: An existing network of high-quality writers and editors