Web Producer

New York
Jul 29, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
Julie Leibach
Full Time
Science Friday seeks a web producer who is passionate about great science storytelling to join our small staff. We’re looking for a creative and organized self-starter with a wonderful sense of humor who works well in a team. Qualified candidates must have the following:

-A degree in journalism and, preferably, another degree in the sciences
-3-5 years of professional journalism experience
-Experience with HTML and other aspects of online publishing (via a CMS)
-Familiarity with app development and mobile publishing
-Familiarity with Photoshop or other photo-manipulating tool
-Familiarity with SEO best practices, social media sharing, and online analytics reporting

Website Strategy
•Work with managing editor and other Science Friday staff to continue honing the editorial vision and strategic plans for the Science Friday website and mobile platforms

Web Production
•Serve as liaison between Science Friday and its site developer
•With managing editor, review site and plan updates
•Track the status of bug fixes and new features and confer with managing editor on expenditures
•Test new web features to make sure they function properly
•Develop CMS manual and teach other staff members how to use the system
•Stay on top of industry developments
•Use site analytics to help inform programming decisions
•Regularly refresh homepage content and update/fix links
•Update other aspects of ScienceFriday.com and SciFri.org upon request (e.g., posting job openings or changes to the “about page”)

Editorial Production and Radio Assistance
•Assist managing editor in assigning and editing articles for the website
•Assist managing editor in recruiting freelancers for the website
•Assist managing editor in making recommendations for web content partners
•Pitch and write articles for the website
•Contribute to fact-checking efforts
•Assist managing editor in copy-editing articles before publication
•Assist managing editor in publishing articles
•Assist managing editor in creating and executing web campaigns such as photo contests
•Collaborate with radio production staff to generate web articles that complement show content
•Research photos for segment pages and review program before publication
•Assist managing editor in proofreading copy for radio segment pages

•Monitor site traffic on a weekly-to-monthly basis and prepare reports upon request
•Monitor podcast and video downloads on a monthly basis and prepare reports upon request (e.g., for grant and marketing reports)

Social Media
•Contribute to SciFri’s social media efforts and strategy
•Provide managing editor with suggestions on new social media strategies based on analytics reporting

This position is based in New York City. This is an immediate vacancy and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Candidates should be prepared to provide additional writing samples, make story pitches, and participate in multiple interviews. Applicants living outside New York are welcome to apply if willing to travel to New York to participate in interviews.

Please send cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to JobW502@sciencefriday.com
No phone calls.