Contract - Entry or Early Career Level (Specialist, Coordinator, Associate, Interns)
Audience/Community Engagement, Editorial, Social Media
2 Year Degree
The Economist was founded as a newspaper in 1843 but nowadays more and more of our readers and subscribers are consuming our journalism on digital platforms. Over the past two years we have completely rethought our approach to social media, tailoring content to each of our priority platforms and increasingly reflecting a digital-first approach.
Ever more people are encountering The Economist for the first time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, where our accounts have a total of 60m followers. However, size is not everything and we want to do more to turn this audience into the next generation of subscribers.
We are seeking a Social-Media Fellow to assist with our strategy to extend the reach of The Economist’s journalism. The one-year paid fellowship is an entry-level position working alongside colleagues in North America and London, and reporting to the Head of Social Media.
The successful candidate will collaborate with multiple editorial and digital departments. You will be an innovative, unstoppable newshound with an interest in, and knowledge of, current affairs and American politics. You should have some junior experience as a journalist, either through internships or perhaps for a college newspaper, or have experience in telling engaging stories online.
In this role you would be expected to:
Help distribute our journalism across digital channels, including newsletters and social media
Create and test engaging formats for our journalism on different platforms
Work with correspondents and editors to tell stories digitally
To succeed in this role you must have:
The ability to share online stories in an engaging way
An understanding of social networks, and emerging trends and platforms in digital media
Strong writing and proofreading skills
Good communication skills, both written and oral
An understanding of current affairs and American politics
Excellent news judgement
The ability to be a self starter, capable of working independently
Two tweets, a Facebook post and an Instagram caption for your blog
A 200-word pitch with a novel idea to promote your article on any social and/or digital platform
We will read your assessment blind (i.e. without seeing your name or your experience). Only if what is written fits with what we are looking for will we examine the accompanying CV or resumé and consider the rest of your application.
You must already be eligible to live and work in the United States, without the need for an additional visa process. You should be available to start by the end of June 2021. The job is based in New York but initially we can be flexible about your location. However, you must be in the United States to begin your employment.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About The Economist
The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs.
We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services.
What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.