Jobs

We're hiring! The Progressive, a 110-year-old national political magazine based in Madison, Wisconsin is looking for experienced editors with a strong passion for politics.


Associate Editor

This is a full-time, union position that assists the editorial operations of The Progressive.

General Duties: Help to ensure The Progressive is part of the conversation on current events by writing, editing, and working with other editors to assign pieces for the magazine and website, as well as crafting a social media presence that best features our writers and our editorial voice and assisting The Progressive's audience engagement efforts. This position works as a member of an existing editorial staff team and is supervised by the Editor.

Specific Tasks:

  • Work directly with outside writers in writing, rewriting, editing, and copyediting material.
  • Propose possible article ideas and authors.
  • Read and review submissions for possible publication.
  • Do research and fact-checking as needed.
  • Assist in creating, implementing, and maintaining a strategy for audience engagement.
  • Work with Web/Audience Engagement Editor to create posts and promote magazine and web content through social media. 
  • Assist with preparing stories for online publication and with posting.
  • Report and write articles and general editorial copy for The Progressive and website.
  • Work with editorial interns on tasks involving writing and editing.
  • Monitor and keep in touch with activist events and organizations around the country.
  • Supervise and edit "On The Line" section and "One Question" feature for the magazine and website.

Compensation: This is a full-time union salaried position based in Madison, Wisconsin. Starting salary $32,000 annually, with a generous benefits package.

Application Process: Submit cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and three references to: jobs@progressive.org to arrive by Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5 pm CST in order to assure consideration. Interviews will take place in Madison, WI in late November or early December. We are strengthened by diversity and strongly encourage all individuals to apply. The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Web Editor/ Audience Engagement Coordinator

This individual will take the lead in running our website and developing a social audience engagement strategy for the pieces we publish. The perfect candidate will be on top of the latest in digital innovations in online news distribution and audience engagement, enjoy a fast-paced and collaborative work environment, and be passionate about broadcasting the mission of The Progressive

General Duties: Develops strategy for website and online media. Supervise flow of web content. Solicit, edit, and create online content. Work with the other editors in crafting a social media presence that best features our writers and our editorial voice. Work with Editor, Publisher, and Development Director in strategies to promote Progressive content and support grant development for special projects. Report on the results of audience engagement efforts. 

Track and boost magazine circulation, drive traffic to the website, and help generate revenue through audience engagement. This is a position for an energetic, motivated, and committed person with particular knowledge about how to cultivate and keep readers, and turn them into financial supporters. This position will work closely with all staff members, but is supervised by the Publisher. 

Specific Tasks:

  • Work directly with outside writers in writing, rewriting, editing, and copyediting material.
  • Propose possible article ideas and authors.
  • Read and review submissions for possible website publication.
  • Report and write articles and general editorial copy for The Progressive and website.
  • Manage editorial/social media interns.
  • Oversee the magazine's circulation and direct efforts to increase it, through magazine, web, and social media appeals. 
  • Lead team efforts to promote magazine and web content through social media.
  • Contribute to strategic planning for magazine and web growth.
  • Develop strategies to maximize income from website through newsletters, advertising, and donations.
  • Lead efforts to dramatically boost audience for certain features and stories, and using that expanded access to encourage subscriptions, donations, and newsletter subscribers. 
  • Work with Development Director to devise ways to turn readers into donors.
  • Master and apply The Progressive's publication style and usage rules.
  • Work with interns on tasks related to overall job duties.
  • Represent the magazine and website in dealings with the public; may include media outreach and appearances.
  • Create and maintain appropriate records on magazine circulation and website engagement.
  • Monitor the development of audience engagement strategies used by others in the field.

Compensation: This is a full-time union salaried position based in Madison, Wisconsin. Starting salary $36,000- $40,000 annually, with a generous benefits package.

Application Process: Submit cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and three references to: jobs@progressive.org to arrive by Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5 pm CST in order to assure consideration. Interviews will take place in Madison, WI in late December or early January. We are strengthened by diversity and strongly encourage all individuals to apply. The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. 

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fighting bob

We must be aggressive for what is right, if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive for what is wrong. There is work for everyone. The field is large. It is a glorious service, this service for the country.

—Fighting Bob LaFollette 1924