News/Data Editor, Science News

This editor works closely with the News Director and other editors to plan daily news coverage and maintain a fast-paced flow of digital-first content. This editor will also help lead efforts to build our data journalism capacity, a key goal in our strategic plan.

As a member of the news desk, this editor will keep current on news events, with an eye to finding stories that provide opportunities to explain the science behind topics of wide public interest, as well as news of the latest scientific findings. This includes assigning and editing stories in a wide range of styles and scientific disciplines, such as cell biology, human evolution, and climate change. 

This editor also will collaborate with colleagues across the organization to identify data that can be used to develop data-driven stories and visualizations, and help present that information in clear and compelling ways. They will also help identify how we can improve our data journalism capacity, including working with reporters to assess skills and training needs. This person either has some data experience and/or is willing to dive in and learn new approaches to data-driven reporting and data visualization, as well as share that knowledge with colleagues.

You’ll be joining a group of creative, inquisitive people who come to science journalism from diverse backgrounds, education and experience. We’re constantly experimenting to better serve our millions of readers in print and online, while also remaining true to our mission as independent nonprofit journalists.

We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described here or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with staff writers and freelancers to develop effective pitches for daily news coverage and long-range enterprise stories.
  • Taking an audience-first approach to shaping coverage that meets the needs of our diverse web and print audiences.
  • Assigning and editing articles for digital and print editions of Science News.
  • Working with reporters to identify data that can drive coverage, inform their reporting and create new ways to tell and visualize stories.
  • Helping to develop digital-first visuals and data visualizations in collaboration with the Visual and Digital teams.
  • Exploring and implementing best practices for data journalism tasks such as quantitative analyses.
  • Other editing duties as needed.

Competencies

  • Good news judgment
  • Excellent editing and communication skills
  • Collegiality in working with staff and freelance writers and editors
  • Strong work ethic
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines with aplomb
  • Advanced knowledge requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment

This is a full-time, exempt position that will be based in Washington, D.C. or remotely. Exact job title will be based on candidate’s expertise and experience. 

Required Education and Experience

  • BA degree or equivalent experience required; an advanced degree in science and/or journalism is a plus but not required.
  • At least 4 years of news editing experience. Experience in daily news, and/or in science, medicine or technology is a plus but not required.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Send your resume and cover letter to editors@sciencenews.org . No phone calls please.

About Science News

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 10 and up. We are an independent nonprofit news organization. Come help us create the next iteration of Science News!

About Society for Science

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

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