Web Producer/Visuals Researcher (Temporary or Contract)

Science News is looking to hire an energetic self-starter with an eye for detail and in interest in history, science, and/or the history of science to work as a web producer/researcher for a special project celebrating Science News’ 100th anniversary.

The web producer/visuals researcher will primarily work with the special projects editor, digital director and design director on building Century of Science, a microsite celebrating and exploring major discoveries in the last 100 years in all disciplines of science, as well as additional centennial-related content.

Web production duties and responsibilities:

  • Produce Century of Science themes in our WordPress CMS in visually appealing and functional layouts.
  • Upload images, video and other multimedia and all associated data (captions, credits, alt text).
  • Check all links and spot-check text.
  • Work with editors on proofreading and making updates and changes.
  • Update menus and standing pages as new themes and associated stories are published.
  • Produce, curate and/or update additional Century of Science stories and content, including Spotlight stories, Milestones and Connections.
  • Ensure all content is optimized for SEO.
  • As time and need allows, produce stories for the Science News and Science News for Students websites

Researcher duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the editor and design director to identify image needs for each theme and associated milestones.
  • Research and gather all images, including obtaining licensing/permission for the all images used.
  • Organize spreadsheet of all images used, credits and sources.
  • Crop and organize images for use on the web.
  • Work with writers and editors on archive research for centennial/Century of Science content.

This is a temporary or contract, non-exempt position, 20-37.5 hours/week, through March 2022. Work will be performed remotely, with the possibility of in-person meetings, if local guidelines and organizational rules permit. Our offices are in Washington, D.C., near Dupont Circle.

Ideal candidates will have a background in journalism with demonstrated abilities for creating content in digital media. Experience with science-related content and/or historical material a plus. Must be creative, dedicated to accuracy, able to work independently and collaboratively.

Experience in WordPress would be ideal, but any content management system experience will be considered. Experience with Photoshop for image cropping and optimizing is preferred but not required.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to editors@sciencenews.org.

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!

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.

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 women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

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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