Clear and credible science journalism is more important than ever. That’s why Science News is reaffirming its commitment to delivering readers the latest advances from across the scientific frontiers. To do so, we are growing our team of subject-specific reporters. Science News is seeking a Technology writer, Earth & Climate writer, and Neuroscience writer.
Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover the basic science behind emerging and future technologies and their relevance to society. Our technology writer will be passionate about exploring new discoveries and trends in fields including computer science and security, robotics, artificial intelligence, and materials science and nanoscience, especially as these sciences relate to new energy and medical technologies. This beat will emphasize smart coverage of major issues, unanswered questions and grand challenges with special attention to the interface between basic research findings and their societal implications.
Our technology writer will produce breaking news stories and enterprising features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be eager to experiment with content across platforms, collaborating with our digital team on video and interactive infographics, as well as reaching new audiences through social media.
Earth & Climate writer
Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover the earth sciences, with a special emphasis on climate change. This writer will have a deep interest in the history of our planet, from its formation through billions of years of ups and downs, relative calm and cyclical upheaval. By covering the latest advances in our knowledge of earth, this writer will help us understand the current and future state of our planet. The beat will also include the science behind earthquakes, volcanism, extreme weather, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Special emphasis will be placed on unanswered questions, societal implications and innovative ideas for mitigating or adapting to climate change.
Our earth and climate writer will produce breaking news stories, synthesis pieces and long-form features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be positioned to use the latest tools in data visualization to convey information in novel ways, and to experiment with digital storytelling to take audiences into the field.
Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover neuroscience and related topics, focusing on the latest understanding of how the brain develops, how it works normally and how it goes awry. Our neuroscience writer will dive into the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying choices and behaviors, learning and memory, and cognitive puzzles such as the meaning of consciousness. There will be particular emphasis on neuroscientific findings relevant to psychiatric disorders, addiction and neurodegenerative diseases. By tackling the biggest challenges in neuroscience research and the enduring mysteries of the brain, our neuroscience writer will help people understand their own minds and, ultimately, what it means to be human.
Our neuroscience writer will produce news reports and in-depth features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be interested in developing interactive infographics and video explainers that explore the brain, and engaging through social media with new audiences curious about all facets of how the mind works.
Responsibilities for all Science News writer positions include:
- Identify and pitch stories on the latest advances in your subject area.
- Track findings reported in major research journals.
- Attend and cover scientific meetings.
- Identify trends stories and enterprise ideas that other news outlets aren’t covering.
- Develop a network of sources in academia and industry.
- Tell stories across multiple platforms.
- Establish yourself as a recognized expert in your subject area.
All applicants should have three or more years of newswriting experience, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on deadline, and should have a strong education/proven interest and understanding in a relevant scientific field.