Deputy Editor, Technology

  • Vice
  • HQ, Brooklyn, NY
  • Nov 20, 2019

Job Description

Deputy Editor, Technology

About VICE

An international media company that captures people at the heart of stories, and focuses on the ideas, issues, and context that other outlets miss. Launched in 1994, VICE operates in 35 cities across the globe, making 1500 pieces of content every day with a focus on five lines of business: VICE Digital, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICELAND, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 26 offices around the world.

VICE x Team

Motherboard prioritizes stories that help our readers understand how technological developments, tech companies, and tech policies impact specific people and communities and how they shape power structures and the day-to-day lives of people.

Motherboard is looking for an energetic, motivated deputy editor to work on the Tech desk. The right person has a reporting and editing background with a track record in writing and editing impactful pieces that lead national conversations in science, technology, and/or video games. The deputy editor should be confident working with complex and sensitive subject matter, and should be able to connect trends in science and technology with those in politics and the news cycle.   

Role x You

You must have an excellent story sense, a talent for managing people, and a critical eye for emerging trends and themes that will guide them toward thoughtful, timely, punchy, sometimes funny, always human stories.

The ideal deputy for this desk is a rigorous editor and is capable of getting tricky drafts into publishable shape. You will work closely with the Tech desk's Editorial Director, Managing Editor, and senior editors to shape coverage of the section, and will work with staff writers and freelancers to publish vital stories every day. You will serve as a senior leader across the newsroom and will motivate your team to produce their best work. You will think strategically and creatively about packaging and formats, always looking for the most interesting way to tell a story, and seek opportunities to collaborate with the social, video, and events teams.


  • Overseeing editors and writers (staff and freelance) in conceiving and sharpening pitches and executing a strong daily mix of stories
  • Editing and top-editing quick hits and longer pieces
  • Guiding editors on packaging and formatting decisions
  • Recruiting and working with a diverse stable of talented writers
  • Collaborating across the social, video, and events teams to help design ideal packaging for pieces


  • At least 5 years of editing experience in one or more of the above beats
  • A quick metabolism for generating conversation-starting stories
  • Proven experience delivering a mix of reported scoops, features, and quick hits that set themselves apart from the rest of our competitors
  • A clear idea of the themes that matter and how to approach them
  • An aversion to clichés and boring writing

Working at VICE

VICE offers comprehensive benefits and compensation package that is commensurate with experience and abilities. VICE editorial staff is represented by the Writer’s Guild of America East, a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news.  Additional VICE benefits include but are not limited to trans-inclusive benefits, fertility benefits, and tuition reimbursement. We also have dog-friendly days, bagel Fridays, and the occasional drag show in our conveniently located Williamsburg office. Day-to-day you can enjoy a rooftop garden full of edible produce (in the summer), beverages, healthy snacks and the opportunity to make the work of a lifetime if you’re into that sort of thing, which we hope you are.

VICE prioritizes the ideas and people that other media companies miss. We believe that innovation is a direct result of diverse, inclusive cultures so we don’t just “tolerate” differences, we celebrate it and see it as essential to our staff, culture, and business.

Equal Employment Opportunities: VICE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that strives to create and maintain a workplace that celebrates inclusion and diversity.  At VICE, we understand that inclusion and diversity are major benefits to our employees, our readers and viewers, and our company culture. We treat all applicants and employees fairly without regard to age, alienage or citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status and partnership status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, credit history, unemployment status, salary history, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, status as a veteran or active military service member, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

VICE requires that all employees have proper authorization to work in the U.S.  Should an applicant require employment sponsorship, VICE will determine, in its sole discretion, whether such sponsorship will be provided.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the New York City Fair Chance Act or other applicable laws.

VICE Media Group is not partnering with agencies nor accepts unsolicited resumes and will not responsible for any fees or expenses related to such unsolicited resumes and/or applicants.