The position reports to the Managing Editor of the award-winning Journalist's Resource website. The Research Reporter will write daily summaries of research in the area of race and health equity and should have a background in this policy area. They will participate in all aspects of the work of Journalist's Resource, a dynamic website run by the Shorenstein Center. The website bridges the gap between academic knowledge and the mass media on a wide range of public policy subjects, and has a broad audience comprised of journalists, journalism professors, and the public. The website is a repository of thousands of papers and the content is distributed via Twitter, Facebook and a weekly email. Journalist's Resource recently was named as one of the top, free reference websites by the American Library Association. Visits to the website this year will exceed 3.5 million page-views. The Research Reporter reviews major academic public policy-related journals, selects the most significant new studies, and summarizes their findings for the website. The job requires the writing skills of a daily news reporter & the perspective of a scholarly researcher. In addition, the work involves hands-on website work, vigorous engagement in social media, and outreach to working journalists and scholars.
Job components: Read, understand and summarize academic papers covering the full range of public policy subjects. Must keep up with the daily news and be familiar with social science research methods. Writing about academic knowledge and blending it with news is the crux of the job. Respond to breaking news with academic work helpful to reporters on deadline. Evaluate, organize and select the topics that will be covered in a given week. Establish a system of alerts and patterns of information-seeking that allow the project to "keep up" with the newest, latest and most important research in the social sciences and incorporate that with trending news topics. Must have a deep understanding of how social media works. Work closely with Managing Editor and collaborate on various initiatives. The Research Reporter will be an integral part of the Shorenstein Center and will be invited to many activities including weekly luncheon talks and high-profile speaker events. This is an exempt position, based on usual hours of 9-5, with additional work as required.
Important application instruction: Please provide writing samples or links to your work in your application.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending two years from hire, with the possibility of renewal.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and at least 5 years of journalism-related experience, including some experience working as a reporter in a newsroom.
Masters degree a plus. Proven project management skills, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Strong copy-editing, excellent organizational abilities and extremely detail-oriented. Superior research, writing, analytical skills. Must be able to write constantly, clearly, and quickly. Must be proactive and able to complete complex tasks with minimal direction on short deadline. Enthusiasm for new and emerging technologies. Familiarity with HTML, WordPress, PhotoShop, Word, Excel are desirable. Must be resourceful and creative about technical problem-solving. Experience in multimedia reporting desirable. Experience with website management, from the technical/server side to user experience, desirable. Strong professional, interpersonal skills.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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