News Editor

Clear and credible science journalism is more important than ever. Science News is committed to delivering readers the latest advances from across the scientific frontiers. To do so, we are seeking to hire a news editor to fulfill a key role in our digital news team.

The News 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. Primary responsibilities involve working with staff and freelance writers to assign and edit news on deadline for content, style and grammar, and collaborating with the Design and Web teams to develop compelling visuals. The News Editor also works closely with writers and the Web Team to tell stories on our digital and social platforms. The News Editor must keep current on news events, with an eye to finding stories that explain the science behind topics of wide public interest, as well as news of the latest scientific findings. The editor has the ability to handle stories in a wide range of styles and scientific disciplines, such as cell biology, human evolution, particle physics and climate change.

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 in print and online, while also remaining true to our mission as independent nonprofit journalists.

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.
  • Editing news on deadline for content, style, and grammar.
  • Developing digital-first visuals, data visualizations and video content in collaboration with the Design Team and Web Team.
  • Editing articles for digital and print editions of Science News.
  • Taking an audience-first approach to shaping coverage that meets the needs of our diverse web and print audiences, including use of analytics data.
  • Other editing duties as needed.


  • Good news judgment
  • Excellent editing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with staff and freelance writers and editors
  • Strong work ethic
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines with aplomb
  • The ability to contribute a unique interpretation or analysis to the news product
  • Advanced knowledge requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment

Position Type

This is a full-time position that will be based in Washington, D.C., once shelter-in-place requirements are lifted and our office reopens. In the interim, this person will work remotely.

Required Education and Experience

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

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to the Editor in Chief, Nancy Shute at Please include the name of the position in the subject line. 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 drew more than 16 million unique visitors in 2019, 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 & the Public

Science News is published by Society for Science & the Public, 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

EEO Statement

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