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Publication or Company Matter Publishing Inc
Job Title Assistant editor
Industry Book Publishing, Internet/Online/New Media, Magazine Publishing
Salary Competitive
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location San Francisco, CA
Job Requirements MATTER has gone a long way in a short time. Now we’re looking for a full-time assistant editor to help us take the publication to the next level.

The editor will work with the magazine’s two founders, as well as a small production team, as MATTER transitions to a more frequent publication schedule and expands its product range. We’re looking for someone who can manage a hectic publication schedule, take control of MATTER’s social media output, generate story ideas and assist in the editing of our stories. Scientific and technical literacy will weigh in your favor, and being comfortable with the demands of running a popular website is a must.

The position is offered on an initial six-month contract, with the intention to make the role permanent within that period. We have a strong preference for applicants willing and able to work in San Francisco, but would consider other locations for the right candidate.


- manage production process (fact-checking, copy editing, web and ebook production etc)
- develop MATTER’s social media strategy and output
- assist in the editing of MATTER stories
- handle writer contracts and other administrative tasks


- graduate degree in journalism or equivalent experience in writing or editing role
- familiarity with science or technology writing journalism preferred, but not essential
About Our Company Since launching in November 2012 following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, MATTER has established a reputation as a significant new player in the world of innovative longform journalism.

Our first article, a 7,000-word story about a rare neurological condition, was described as a “don’t miss” by Pulitzer prize-winning writer Deborah Blum and won the Association of British Science Writers award for investigative journalism.

We’ve since published a single piece of narrative-driven longform journalism every month; each story sells for $0.99 on our website (https://www.readmatter.com) and on Amazon, as well as in various formats for our growing subscriber base. The New Yorker recently called us a “notable innovator”. Our focus is on the worlds of science, technology, medicine and the environment.

In April 2013, we were acquired by Medium, a new publishing platform established by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams. MATTER continues to be run by Jim Giles and Bobbie Johnson, the journalists who founded it.

Our first story is available for free at https://www.readmatter.com/f/do-no-harm/
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