Science Writer

Location
Boston
Posted
Apr 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Science Writer


Requisition Number: STFR003679

Division/College: External Affairs

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

Responsibilities:
Northeastern's digital newsroom is looking for a Science Writer to bring audiences into the world of research and discovery at Northeastern University. From breaking news to behind-the-scenes stories about life in the lab, you will be telling stories from every angle. If you love science and can translate it in ways that make it easy for others to love it too, this job is for you. First and foremost, you must be an excellent writer with superb accuracy and speed. You must be skilled at untangling complex scientific data and turning it into a well-researched, accurate, and captivating read for lay audiences. Our newsroom tells stories on multiple platforms, so you should be comfortable with using social media tools for show and tell. You'll be interacting with some of the world's most accomplished scientists, most curious students, and most interesting storytellers in a fast-moving newsroom.

You must be an avid consumer of science news in general with a good sense of what is newsworthy and what trends are important. You must be comfortable telling stories in multiple formats, including well-researched articles, tweets, or talking to a newsroom full of colleagues.

You must be comfortable interviewing researches from any field of science, as well as industry partners and funding agencies. You must be great at gathering important information, deciphering data, and identifying unique news angles.

Qualifications:
Must have:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-5 years of experience in storytelling focused primarily on science and in a digital environment
  • Excellent writing and copy-editing skills
  • Excellent command of AP style
  • Excellent sense of what is news
  • Superb focus on detail and accuracy while maintaining speed
  • Respect for short deadlines
  • Comfort with current social media platforms and using them for storytelling
  • Curiosity, flexibility, a sense of humor, and an excellent work ethic
  • Love for problem solving, multitasking, and collaborating

    Great if you also have:
  • Master's degree
  • Experience with content management systems, Wordpress in particular
  • Newsroom experience

    Additional Information:
    What stands us apart:
  • We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including tuition waivers for that master's degree or certificate you've been thinking about
  • Other current offerings include discounts on technology products, health and fitness programs, generous retirement programs, ample paid time off, and professional development opportunities

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

    Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

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