Assistant/Associate Editor, Science News for Students

Science News for Students is an award-winning, free, online daily publication dedicated to pre-teens and teens, parents and teachers. It connects the latest in scientific research to learning in and out of the classroom, and drew more than 11 million unique visitors in 2020. The assistant/associate editor will work closely with the Science News for Students team to plan daily news coverage and maintain a fast-paced flow of digital-first content. Primary responsibilities involve editing a variety of story types on deadline for content, style and grammar; collaborating with the Science News for Students team to develop compelling visuals; and writing the weekly newsletter The Cheat Sheet.

The assistant/associate news editor has the ability to handle stories in a wide range of styles and topics in science, health and technology that are of interest or relevance to our young audience, ages 9 and up. This can include anything from the COVID-19 pandemic to quantum mechanics to the science of zombies. Our ideal candidate is someone who is comfortable with all fields of science and brings strong writing and editing skills. A background in education is a plus but not required. Must be creative, dedicated to accuracy, hard-working and a flexible, independent team player.

You’ll be joining a group of creative, inquisitive people who come to science journalism from a diversity of backgrounds, education and experience. We’re constantly experimenting to better serve our millions of readers, while also remaining true to our mission as independent nonprofit journalists. This is a new position, and we are looking for someone who can channel their inner 12-year-old and bring passion for communicating the wonders of science to the Science News for Students audience.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Editing articles for content, style and grammar, including translating Science News articles for the Science News for Students audience
  • Writing the weekly Science News for Students newsletter, The Cheat Sheet
  • Producing and publishing stories on a WordPress CMS
  • Reporting stories as needed and as time allows
  • Supporting social media efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Edmodo
  • Other duties as assigned

Competencies:

  • Excellent editing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with staff and freelance writers and editors
  • Strong work ethic
  • A commitment to science journalism
  • Attention to details
  • Knowledge of web production
  • Good organizational skills; some experience in project management preferred
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • The ability to contribute a unique interpretation or analysis to Science News for Students products

Required Education and Experience:

  • BA degree or equivalent experience required; an advanced degree in science and/or journalism preferred
  • At least 2 years of editing experience required; experience in science, medicine or technology is a plus
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States

Position Type

This is a full-time position that will be based in Washington, D.C., or remotely.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to editor in chief Nancy Shute at editors@sciencenews.org. Please include the name of the position in the subject line.

About Science News Media Group:

Science News has been covering the latest advances in science, medicine and technology since 1921. The daily website at www.sciencenews.org drew more than 24 million unique visitors in 2020, and we have a strong following on social media. Our biweekly print magazine publishes concise, fiercely accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, with a circulation of 120,000. The magazine and website also reach students and teachers at almost 5,000 high schools through the Science News in High Schools program. Our sister site, Science News for Students, explains the latest science and its impact for ages 9 and up. We are an independent nonprofit news organization.

About Society for Science

Science News for Students is published by Society for Science, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. The Society’s vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.