New Scientist, News Editor

New Scientist Limited
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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This role will enable New Scientist to expand its expert coverage of science, health, environment and technology news. The role will involve leading on commissioning, editing and publishing news stories in a particular area of expertise, as well as editing stories from other subject areas. The successful applicant will line manage a number of reporters, trainees and interns, and collaborate closely with New Scientist’s multimedia, digital, subbing and art teams.



  • Experience working in journalism
  • Experience of news reporting
  • Experience editing news stories at a national or international publication
  • A passionate interest in science, technology and health
  • A specialist interest in one of our four key subject areas: health & biomedicine; life science & environment; physics & space; technology, engineering & materials.
  • Experience of digital journalism
  • Knowledge of UK libel laws


  • A degree in a science or technology subject
  • Experience as a line manager


  • In-depth knowledge of science and technology, with a particular interest in a number of specialist subjects and expertise in those fields’ current issues, advances and big questions
  • The ability to spot a poorly-designed experiment or PR puffery
  • A keen eye for detail and the ability to edit copy to a high standard without subbing
  • A strong feel for what does and doesn’t work online
  • Excellent time management skills and comfortable meeting tight deadlines
  • A talent for juggling multiple priorities
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams under time pressure
  • Conscientious and responsible, with good editorial judgement

New Scientist is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applications to New Scientist will receive due consideration regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

As an organisation, we strive for empathy, self-awareness, courage and integrity, collaboration, innovation and information seeking. All applications are reviewed in an anonymous nature and hiring managers are unable to see the personal information of applicants. This practice allows us to review skills and experience and removes bias from the recruitment process. We aim to create an inclusive environment, empowering employees and embracing diversity. We welcome all applications.


New Scientist is the world’s most popular weekly science and technology magazine.

Its website, app and print editions cover international news from a scientific standpoint, and ask the biggest-picture questions about life, the universe and what it means to be human. If someone in the world has a good idea, you’ll read about it in New Scientist.

Since the magazine was founded in 1956 for “all those interested in scientific discovery and its social consequences”, it has expanded to include events in the UK, US and Australia, including New Scientist Live, the world’s greatest festival of science. New Scientist is based in London, UK, with offices in the US and Australia.

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