Senior Writer/Editor

Sep 13, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
April McWilliams
Full Time
Project Overviews

Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation. It conducts social science research, including demographic and economic analyses, and fields national surveys of the Latino population.

Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic analysis.

Position Summary

The Senior Writer/Editor is responsible for writing and editing a mix of lengthy reports, quick-turnaround pieces including short (one- to three-page) analyses of research findings, data-driven blog posts and other social media postings based on survey results and/or analysis of demographic data for the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project and Social & Demographic Trends Project. This position also plays a substantial role in the planning of major reports, shorter analyses and blog posts for the Hispanic Trends project. The Senior Writer/Editor will exhibit care in the use and presentation of data as well as the ability to publish quickly while ensuring the highest level of accuracy. She/he has a demonstrated understanding of the nation’s Hispanic population and good editorial judgment as well as a clear, engaging writing style. This position reports to the director of Hispanic Research, and works closely with researchers in both projects and with the Pew Research Center editorial and communications teams.

Primary Responsibilities

Writing and Editing (80%)

Writes and edits lengthy reports based on public opinion surveys and/or demographic, social or economic data in collaboration with Hispanic Trends and Social & Demographic Trends researchers.
For some reports, develops an outline and assumes primary responsibility for writing the document, based on survey data and/or demographic data produced by researchers. For other reports, drafts a chapter or section as assigned by the Hispanic Trends Project director.
Develops ideas and writes shorter, timely analyses or blog posts based on Hispanic Trends and Social & Demographic Trends data that provide context for news events and emerging issues of public interest.
Steps in as needed to edit or critique reports and blog posts done by others on the Hispanic Trends and Social & Demographic Trends staffs.
Ensures that all products meet the high research, editorial and non-advocacy standards of the Pew Research Center.
Related Responsibilities (20%)

Works with the Hispanic Trends Project director and other staff to flesh out concepts for major Hispanic Trends reports, which can include gathering relevant research and identifying outside experts.
Helps develop and strategize research and publications agendas and activities for Hispanic Trends.
Participates in drafting survey questionnaires for Hispanic Trends’ and Social & Demographic Trends’ reports.
Works with the web/communications teams to disseminate the research of the Hispanic Trends project.
Works with other Pew Research projects and staff in joint publishing efforts.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, the social sciences or related field.
Minimum of 6-8 years experience in journalism or related field.
Demonstrated experience as a clean and clear writer who can work with quantitative material, conceptualize it. at a high level and write about it for a broad audience.
Demonstrated experience with social media and familiarity with the latest digital journalism tools.
Training or experience in studying the Hispanic community and related issues from a social science framework preferred.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Superior writing and editing skills. Clarity is essential.
Strong facility with data journalism, meaning comfort and skill with numbers and an ability to synthesize data and translate it into clear prose and superior graphics. Broad familiarity with the characteristics, trends and policy issues relevant to the nation’s Hispanic community.
Excellent news judgment.
Knowledge of social media and emerging trends in digital communication.
Ability to balance multiple priorities.
Ability to ensure high editorial and research standards while meeting tight deadlines.
Knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable but not required.
Ability to work well in a collaborative and team-oriented environment.
FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Procedure

Applicant should send a résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) and salary expectations to Responses can also be mailed to:

Human Resources Department
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

We are an equal opportunity employer

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