Health Editor (Live Science)

Posted: 7/26/2019

Location: New York, New York
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Editor / Editorial, SEO & SEM, Writer
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


Make Every Day More Interesting. For anyone who’s ever wondered why, Live Science makes every day a little more interesting by illuminating the fascinating world around us. We aim to empower and inspire our readers with the tools they need to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe.

Job Purpose

Live Science is looking for a well-informed, sharp and hardworking editor to oversee our health section. You’ll be a health news junkie, with a shrewd ability to discern which discoveries and news items speak to a Live Science reader. You’ll need to be self-motivated to keep abreast of all the big (and some obscure) medical journals and the news of the day, creating interesting experiences for our readers. The best candidate will have an eye for emerging trends, be able to spot over-hyped and inaccurate coverage (and know when it's worth debunking), and explain the health angle behind major news stories.

Alongside managing a team of full-time and freelance reporters, you will edit several stories a day and write a few stories a week on tight deadlines. As Editor you will have to make quick and thoughtful decisions on whether and how to cover sensitive subjects and breaking news, and take a step back to ensure the health vertical aligns with the rest of the website.

The Health Editor will be enthusiastically curious with terrific organizational skills and  a passion for disseminating compelling health news. You will also need to work well on a team with other editors and reporters.

Key role responsibilities

  • Run the health section on Live Science, keeping the section current and compelling.
  • Manage and mentor 2 reporters.

  • Assign and edit health stories to reporters and freelancers.

  • Write 3-5 quick health news stories a week.

  • Keep abreast of all the big (and some obscure) medical journals, keeping up with emerging trends

  • Ensure the health section of the site is up to date and is driving traffic/revenue to the site.

  • Strategize for long-term growth of the section as it aligns with the overall goals of the site.

What do I need to succeed?

  • Several  years experience writing and editing consumer health stories.

  • Superb organizational skills

  • Journalism degree or equivalent

  • Strong editing, writing and communication skills

  • Knowledge of SEO online best practices and health/science background a plus

We are Future

Connectors. Creators. Experience Makers

We have big ambitions to transform media and change people’s lives. Together, we connect people to their passions through the high-quality content we create and the innovative technology we pioneer. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join!

Future is the name behind market-leading brands in specialist sectors across technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, hobbies, knowledge and home interest.

We’re dedicated to creating loyal fans of our brands, and the number is growing all the time. Our global reach is phenomenal with over 250 million consumers across 180 + world-leading brands. It’s an incredible privilege to have such a passionate audience base across our websites, magazines, social media and events. 

But that’s not enough – we continue to add to our portfolio and restlessly look to improve, innovate and push the boundaries of what can be done. We are developing leading-edge proprietary technology which is disrupting the media marketplace. 

Together, we’re exceeding the expectations of everyone we exist for – our audiences, clients, staff and shareholders. In a short space of time, Future has transformed into an innovative global media platform and the figures speak volumes:

We reap the rewards too, of course, with a fun and creative place to work with endless opportunities to forge a career. We believe in teamwork that transcends location,  so we don’t have a Future HQ but a globally connected workforce across our the UK, US, France and Australia

Every kind of talent is celebrated here.. We hire for talent not for the role, looking for people who share our ambitions to be bold and innovate. making Future a global success story.

Let’s do this!

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why this is your dream job! Please also include a relevant writing clip to show us how awesome you are!



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