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Associate Editor

Zócalo Public Square, the innovative blend of live events and ideas journalism, seeks a dynamic and ambitious Associate Editor. We are looking for an intellectually curious person who is interested in big questions and passionate about democratizing ideas.


Zócalo is a thriving Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization and a creative unit of Arizona State University dedicated to connecting people to ideas and to each other. Our mission is to create a welcoming intellectual space offline and online by convening smart events and publishing thoughtful, wide-ranging essays. We are a fun-loving team partnering with some of the country’s most prestigious intellectual enterprises.


Since our founding in 2003, we have presented over 500 events in 23 cities, seven states, and six countries. We syndicate our journalism to 290 media outlets worldwide and co-present events with the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and KCRW among others.


We are looking for applicants who pride themselves on their persistence and reliability and who are looking for a place where they can grow. This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves books and will thrive in the close-knit community that brings Zócalo’s nonideological and generous spirit to life.


The Associate Editor will be integral to our events team—writing event rundowns, editing event descriptions, and conducting one-on-one interviews with our speakers. Previous reporting experience is a definite plus.

The Associate Editor will also be responsible for ensuring overall quality control, including proofreading, fact-checking, and backreading stories. Knowledge of copyediting is an advantage, along with the ability to frame complex ideas in accessible language. A keen visual eye and a knack for writing smart, spirited headlines should come naturally. This position will work collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor, and Associate Publisher.


The Associate Editor must be able to work out of Zócalo’s offices in downtown Los Angeles, and commit to long hours, occasional weekend and evening work, and some domestic and international travel.


Pay and benefits are competitive. Zócalo is an ASU Knowledge Enterprise and this editor will be employed by Arizona State University and eligible to participate in a full range of benefits, including health care, retirement, and tuition benefits.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and writing and/or editing samples to Please include “Associate Editor” in the subject line. The interview process includes an editing and headline test.


DURATION: Permanent


Louis Wheatley