In a time when newsrooms are extremely short-staffed, journalists often must report on complex public policy topics without sufficient time to develop a deep understanding of them. Journalist's Resource (JournalistsResource.org) creates and publishes research summaries, interviews and tip sheets for a large audience of journalists, academics and policy makers. We help journalists understand social science research on a broad range of public policy topics--and how to use it to inform their news reporting. Our site informs countless works of journalism by news organizations large and small. The JR site received more than 2 million visitors over the past year. More than 49,000 journalists, faculty, students and others subscribe to the project's weekly e-mail, and more than 48,000 people follow JR on Twitter.
Journalist's Resource seeks a seasoned journalist to write articles and summaries about economic research, including topics related to inequality and poverty, business, finance, trade and globalization, economic growth, regulation, taxes and jobs. The job requires the writing and journalistic skills of a daily news reporter and the perspective of a scholarly researcher. We combine academic rigor with the pace of a newsroom.
This position will report to the Program Director of Journalist's Resource. Please note this is a full time benefited two year term appointment from the date of hire.
Respond to the news cycle by curating and summarizing high-quality economic research for an audience of working journalists.
Interview subject experts, including academics, to create tip sheets on best practices for covering various economic and business topics.
Curate (or create) images and data visualizations to accompany posts for the JR website.
Post pieces to the website using the WordPress content management system.
Cultivate and maintain a source list of academic and journalistic experts to help guide your coverage.
Engage with working journalists on social media.
Interview and create Q&As with high-profile speakers who visit the Shorenstein Center.
Work closely with the JR team and other projects within the Shorenstein Center on various initiatives.
Assist with editing and weekly newsletter production tasks.
Attend academic and journalism conferences in the interest of bridging the gap between academia and journalism.
This is a benefits eligible, term appointment that is scheduled to end two years from date of hire, with the possibility of renewal.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Minimum of 5 years of journalism-related experience, including at least two years in a newsroom. Basic familiarity with social science research methods is required.
Good news sense combined with the ability to recognize high-quality research.
Proven project management and interviewing skills.
Proven ability to meet tight deadlines.
Strong copy-editing skills.
The ability to write clearly and quickly and the willingness to accept editorial feedback.
The ability to work independently and with a team.
Common sense and comfort with regard to social media.
Kindness, curiosity, good humor and grit.
Must provide examples of published business journalism clips.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office.
Familiarity with WordPress, PhotoShop and Slack are desirable.
Knowledge of statistics and statistical methods is desirable.
Experience with multimedia reporting (e.g. data visualization and podcasting) is desirable.
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.
Internal Number: 47701BR
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