WIRED Editorial Fellowships

San Francisco
May 15, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
Fellowship Coordinator
WIRED magazine is seeking four editorial fellows for the second half of 2013. These fellowships are based in WIRED’s San Francisco office and are full-time, beginning July 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2013.

Editorial fellowships focus on WIRED’s front-of-the-book sections, gadgets research, and fact-checking. We do not offer summer internships, and since our fellowships are full-time, they are not appropriate for matriculated students.

Applicants must be pursuing journalism as a career and have experience working in a deadline-oriented environment. You should also be enthusiastic, highly organized, and have a demonstrable interest in technology. A passion for great reporting and writing is essential.

These two positions are best suited to college graduates with prior professional reporting and writing experience in at least two of the following four areas: culture, technology, business, science. Humor writing experience is also a plus.

The ideal candidate is creative, curious, eager, and smart. Responsibilities include pitching story ideas to front-of-the-book section editors, writing items, and assisting editors with research and special projects. Editorial fellows help generate ideas for recurring items such as Q&As, 3 Smart Things, and Datastreams.

Administrative duties include transcription, mailing, updating databases, and preparing for section meetings. Additional responsibilities include helping to produce the tablet edition of WIRED by gathering links to related stories and performing other tasks as needed. Experience with Garage Band/ProTools, video editing, podcasting, Google Docs, and Excel preferred.

This position is for someone with great reporting skills and a supreme attention to detail — ideally a college graduate with prior fact-checking or professional reporting experience. The primary duty is checking the accuracy of magazine content. In this capacity, the research intern works closely with senior editors, copy editors, designers, photo editors, and writers, primarily on the magazine’s front-of-the-book sections. This candidate should have demonstrable knowledge of at least two of the following subject areas: culture, technology, science, or business. Other responsibilities include Nexis searches and some administrative duties.

This position is best suited to a college graduate with entry-level reporting and writing experience plus a strong interest in consumer electronics, design, and technology. Responsibilities include reviewing products and assisting with editorial production for both WIRED magazine and Wired.com. Interns also assist with research for features and packages. This is a great opportunity for bylined writing as well as for getting your hands on the latest technology before everyone else does. There are light clerical duties as well, such as responding to story and product pitches and ordering products for review. Additional responsibilities include helping to produce the tablet edition of WIRED by compiling ecommerce links and performing other tasks as needed. Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds.

$12 per hour for 35 hours per week. The hours: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Send a cover letter (see further instructions below), resume, and links to three published clips to fellowships AT wired.com. Please, no email attachments; send your materials within the body of an email message. The subject line of your email should contain your name and the name of the fellowship for which you’re applying. You may apply for only one position, but you may be considered for others as we deem appropriate.

Specific application instructions:
For the Editorial Fellow, Reporting position:
In your cover letter, please state which areas of coverage (culture, technology, science, or business) best suit you, and make the case for your expertise in that area. Is there field of chemistry research that fascinates you? Do you have a favorite comic book we've never read? Will next month mark your third hackathon? Do you see a few start-up trends that you think we've been missing? Tell us about it.

For the Editorial Fellow, Research position:
In your cover letter, tell us a story about a difficult reporting or research problem you encountered and how you solved it. Please also make a case for your expertise in at least two of the following subject areas: culture, technology, business, or science.

For the Editorial Fellow, Reviews position:
In your cover letter, Please answer one of the following questions:
• List five apps you have installed on your phone that you consider indispensable. If you could create an app to do anything, what would it be?
• If you had to go on a month-long road trip carrying only what you could fit in your jeans pockets, what would you take?

Applications are due Friday, May 24, 2013. Employer does not sponsor visas for this position. Absolutely no phone calls, please.

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