The Conversation, Commissioning Editor, Science, Technology and Business

The Conversation
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Upp to £36,000 pro rata DOE
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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Online, Technology, Business
Commissioning Editor
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Commissioning Editor, Science, Technology and Business - The Conversation UK 

Location: London

Remote working available

Full-time, part-time considered

Salary: up to £36,000 pro rata (depending on experience)

Application deadline: Monday 5th of September 2022 


The Conversation is looking for an experienced editor to commission articles across its science, technology and business sections. This is a great opportunity to work for a fast-paced online news magazine with a team of fantastic journalists and some of the world’s leading academic experts.

Every day, The Conversation publishes articles written by experts from universities across the UK and Europe that explain and analyse the latest news, trends and research. Our stories are written for a general readership, and we aim to bridge the gap between academics and the public via a newsroom of talented journalists, reaching millions of readers around the world each month.

We’re looking for someone who is up-to-date with and fascinated by the latest scientific discoveries, the challenges of new technology and the machinations of the business world. They will be an excellent editor, full of ideas about how expert knowledge can help people understand the world around them and able to promptly translate complicated ideas into accessible language for a general audience.

They will be a self-starter, able to work effectively and at speed without supervision. But they also need excellent people skills so they can work closely with colleagues on a remote basis and with academic authors with varying levels of experience writing for the public.

On a day-to-day basis, the role will involve devising and developing ideas, liaising with other editors, responding to pitches, and working with academic experts on their stories.

We are a small company that encourages innovation, and there will be opportunities to pitch ideas for long reads, article series and other products, as well as contribute to our podcast and host online panel discussions. 

Our HQ is in London but you don’t have to be – remote working is possible. You will have the opportunity to shape your own hours, working around key meetings and deadlines throughout the day and week. We value diversity, and are keen to receive applications from people from ethnically diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

Applicants should supply a CV and a cover letter to explaining why they would be a good fit for the role, including suggestions for three articles.

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