Technology Editor - Half-time

Employer
The Conversation US
Location
Location is flexible
Salary
Competitive salary - no benefits
Posted
Dec 06, 2019
Specialty
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
Other
Duration
Part Time

The Conversation US is looking for an experienced journalist to commission articles written by academics for the general public on technology and engineering. This position will be for 20 hours a week. 

You must have a strong sense of which technology-related topics merit attention, and skill in engaging diplomatically with academic experts to help them explain these topics to the general public. If chosen, you’ll be part of a hard-working talented team driven by our mission to democratize knowledge for the public good and ensure evidence-based content is distributed widely to the public. 

What we want you to do 

  • Using your deep knowledge of technology and engineering, come up with story ideas sourced from the news, from pitches, from academic journals or from other editors.
  • Commission and edit articles, working closely with academic writers Field pitches from academics Identify experts at universities doing newsworthy research and commission them to write articles for us  Collaborate with Conversation editors on coverage decisions

What you should send us

Your resume, of course. Send a cover letter telling us why you want to work for The Conversation along with a file of articles you’ve written and/or edited that demonstrate the range of your work in technology journalism. If you have any ideas of stories or topics you feel are high priority, please indicate that as well.

Who are we?

The Conversation US is a five-year-old independent, nonprofit media organization that publishes daily analysis and commentary authored by academics, edited by journalists and aimed at the general public. We publish 10-12 pieces of content a day that goes on the AP wire and is republished in hundreds of news outlets each month, from the Washington Post to CNN to Fox News and hundreds of local newspapers and outlets.

The Conversation is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups – including those who are black, Latino, Asian American, Native and LGBTQ – to join our team.

How do we do what we do?

Our team of 14 professional editors works with scholars from universities across the US to help them share their research and apply their expertise to topical issues. Instead of having the journalist interview a scholar, our journalist-editors work closely with scholars and help them produce the most evidence-based article possible, that goes out on the AP wires and is published in hundreds of news outlets across the country and internationally each month.

 What else you should know

This is a half-time position; ideally, the editor will work every day for four hours, but the schedule can be adjusted. Location is flexible. 

How to apply for this job:

Send your resume and cover letter to job.repliesus@theconversation.com with the words “Half-time Technology Editor” in the subject line. 

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