Newsweek, Deputy Science Editor
Job title: Deputy Science Editor
Division: Editorial London Bureau
Reports to: Science Editor
Working hours: Full-time
Newsweek is seeking a full-time Deputy Science Editor to join our London team.
The Deputy Science Editor will be able to source, pitch, write and edit news and feature articles based around current affairs, health, nature, space and trending topics—connecting all with an interesting take on popular science. They will have a strong understanding of digital journalism and the needs of a fast-paced newsroom. They will be well-organized, confident, and experienced in contacting experts for comment on their stories. They will have experience in an editing role at a reputable organization.
They should be able to use social media and other platforms to identify trending topics and conceive original articles. They will conduct interviews and forward-plan for events. They will craft engaging stories for an American audience.
The Deputy Science Editor will provide cover for the Science Editor in their absence, assigning stories and developing headlines, as well as editing and publishing articles.
While particular areas of interest are welcomed, the successful candidate will be versatile and confident across a range of topics. The candidate does not need scientific qualifications, but an eye for scientific detail is an advantage.
The candidate will be responsible for ensuring high-quality coverage that is accurate, fair, and conforms to accepted standards of journalism. They will ensure reporters are producing exclusive and high-quality features that enhance the Newsweek brand.
- Write several news stories per day.
- Pitch, research and write original stories and features.
- Edit copy, checking facts and sources, to ensure content meets Newsweek’s expected quality standards.
- Provide cover for the Science Editor when required.
- Assist in assigning stories to science reporters.
- Assist with forward planning.
- Perform any other reasonable duties as necessary to meet the needs of the business.
- Detailed knowledge of key scientific topics, including nature, space, health and Earth sciences. An interest in U.S. politics is beneficial.
- Experience in an editing role covering scientific topics for a reputable organization.
- Capable of working to tight deadlines.