The Washington Post design team is hiring

Learn more about our award-winning visual journalists

We are a team of more than 50 visual journalists who have a passion for storytelling and help elevate The Washington Post’s most ambitious projects. What makes us unique: We’re news designers and art directors who are equally infatuated with kerning and coding — while many organizations went in the direction of print hubs, splitting off production of the newspaper from digital operations, we handle story design and development across print, digital and social platforms.

In 2019, The Post was recognized as the world’s best-designed digital news experience by the Society for News Design, with judges noting: “The newsroom’s approach to visual storytelling . . . stretches design boundaries and uses new technologies to tell compelling, important stories.” In the past six years, The Post has been a finalist four times in the world’s best-designed newspaper competition.

The Design Department also aligns with our projects editor team which is responsible for planning and execution of some of The Post’s most ambitious journalism.

[The Post wins nearly 200 awards for Society for News Design digital and print competitions]

View some of the teams’ work

Washington Post designers are tasked with a variety of different roles. Below is just a sample of the work they do.

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Job openings

Design editors

The Washington Post is looking for two design editors to join our award-winning design department.

Designers at The Post are instrumental in our storytelling, informing the decision-making about the optimum use of visuals, text, audio and graphics in the construction of seamless and compelling experiences for our readers. We are looking for editors who can guide designers in working with colleagues across the newsroom to achieve best-in-class digital storytelling, and who come equipped with the requisite powers of persuasion and diplomatic tact.

The ideal candidates must be adept at responding quickly when news breaks and fostering collaboration. They must have a keen design aesthetic, an understanding of art direction and the ability to elevate digital presentations. Development skills and previous management experience are a plus, as managing and mentoring staff are critical aspects of this job.

This editor will play an integral role in working across the newsroom to seek opportunities for growth and experimentation.

These positions are based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, it will not be eligible for remote work. Occasional evenings and one weekend shift a week is expected.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

How to apply

Those interested should upload a cover letter, résumé and portfolio as PDFs to our jobs portal by Oct. 18. All your application materials can be uploaded to the same field. The cover letter should be addressed to Creative Director Greg Manifold and Managing Editors Tracy Grant and Krissah Thompson.

Contract designer

The Washington Post Design department has an immediate opening for a six-month contract designer.

Our designers are responsible for the presentation of some of The Post’s most ambitious stories across a wide array of digital and print products. Top applicants must be skilled in integrating text, photography, video, audio, graphics, illustrations and typography using a variety of approaches.

We are looking for a journalist who can work well with multiple departments throughout the organization while flourishing in a fast-paced news environment. It is essential that this person be a team player who can multitask while building both digital and print experiences.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, it will not be eligible for remote work.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

How to apply

Candidates should upload a resume, cover letter and link to your portfolio to our jobs portal by Oct. 19. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. The cover letter should be addressed to Creative Director Greg Manifold and Managing Editors Tracy Grant and Krissah Thompson.

News designer

The Washington Post Design Department has an immediate opening for a news designer.

Our designers are responsible for the presentation of some of The Post’s most ambitious stories across an array of digital and print products. They are expected to push the boundaries of visual` storytelling to provide readers with riveting, highly informative experiences.

We are looking for a journalist who can work well with multiple departments while flourishing in a fast-paced newsroom. Our multifaceted team is seeking a designer with a range of skills and a strong design aesthetic, including smart art direction and the ability to employ the right visual to represent an idea in a diversity of styles; fluency in HTML and CSS; a background in print design with strong news judgment; proficiency with using JavaScript to create brilliant interactions; development skills in React; and an interest in using best development practices to help design and develop new storytelling components.

The Post is routinely recognized for its visual storytelling across platforms, including being honored as the World’s Best-Designed Digital News Experience in 2019 by the Society for News Design.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, the position will not be eligible for remote work. It requires night and weekend work.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

For more information, contact Creative Director Greg Manifold at gregory.manifold@washpost.com.