Position Overview: The goal of Nieman Lab (www.niemanlab.org ) is to identify and encourage changes that can expand the production of quality journalism. We do so by identifying best practices, examining new business models, tracking innovation in journalistic craft, and trying to be a forward-looking voice in figuring out the future of journalism.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities: The staff writer of the Lab will work with existing staff to reach the goal described above. The primary work of the position is smart reporting and writing on the evolution of the news ecosystem. That includes traditional news organizations, new online startups, nonprofit outlets, academic researchers, and the technology companies that impact how news is reported, distributed, and consumed. The ability to break news is important; so is a mind agile enough to see unreported angles, connect trends across fields, and go beyond press releases to add to the journalism world's net knowledge of itself. Along with reporting and writing, the person in this position will also be involved in our social media work, including working on our Twitter account (over 250,000 followers), and other projects and initiatives of both the Lab and the Foundation. Duties will include: original reporting and writing on changes in the news industry; active use of social media platforms; assisting in planning the future of the Lab; working with Harvard staff and others on projects related to the Lab's aims; engaging with the community of Nieman Lab readers; and assisting the Nieman Foundation on other programs as needed.
Note: This is a term appointment ending June 30, 2018, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and department priorities.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree. Minimum 2 years experience as a journalist (college experience may apply).
Reporting skills, source management, and the ability to generate story ideas are musts. Strong familiarity with the production and distribution of news online. Experience writing for an online audience and familiarity with Nieman Lab's work strongly preferred. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; attention to detail; strong project management skills; experience in video or audio production, business and financial issues, or web design or coding are each a plus. Ability to work under deadlines, take initiative, set priorities, and work collaboratively in a team environment.
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.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.