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Assistant Editor, American Heritage

Assistant Editor, American Heritage

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American Heritage Magazine, the 70-year-old magazine of American history, seeks to hire an Assistant Editor starting June 1, 2021 to work on a wide range of tasks including article acquisition, line editing, writing news items and blog posts, and social media posting, especially on our Facebook page. He or she will report directly to the Editor-in-Chief, Edwin S. Grosvenor.

The Assistant Editor will also help with its sister publication, Invention & Technology, the only popular magazine of the history of innovation and invention.

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate to gain hands-on experience and have senior responsibilities at two respected national magazines. A knowledge of American studies or demonstrated interest in history would be helpful. Also, the ability to join occasional staff meetings is also preferred.

The American Heritage office is located three blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station at 1607 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Joint Application for a Poynter-Koch Fellowship

The successful candidate for this position will be an early career professional who will also apply to and be accepted for a Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, which is a year-long program of classes one afternoon a week taught by seasoned journalists affiliated with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. You will join a cohort of colleagues who are passionate about journalism and the critical role of a free press in society. 

This program is for early-career professionals who are aspiring future leaders in the industry. Do not apply if you have not had recent journalism training in college or graduate school and/or up to four years of experience in publishing. 


American Heritage launched in 1949 and has won many prestigious journalism awards over its distinguished history. It has published many of the famous historians of the last 70 years such as Douglas Brinkley, Joseph Ellis, David Hackett Fischer, Henry Louis Gates, John F. Kennedy, Pauline Maier, David McCullough, and James McPherson. The magazine’s 70th Anniversary issue last year included original writing by numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.

American Heritage won or was a finalist for a National Magazine Award thirteen times. Although it was forced to suspend print publication following the recession, the magazine was relaunched in digital format in 2017 and has over 60,000 active subscribers. Its website,, offers 8,000 articles written by leading historians and writers and is widely used by teachers and students.

For more information, see "American Heritage is Back!," by Mark Reynolds: 


Invention & Technology is the only popular magazine in the US about the history of technology. For 30 years, it has explored and celebrated the inventive spirit with evocative stories about the men and women whose ingenious solutions have transformed the fabric of our world. It has taken its readers behind the scenes, tracing the evolution of technology in fields ranging from kitchen gadgets and video games to aerospace and applied physics.


Please send a resume, cover letter, and clips by email to jobs [at] or by snail mail to our mail address:

American Heritage Society
Attn: Edwin S. Grosvenor, Editor-in-Chief
PO Box 1488
Rockville, MD 20849-1488


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