The news editor will be part of the team of award-winning reporters and editors that produce outstanding reported content across Nature’s digital and print platforms. You will help to produce thought-leading, authoritative, analytical, news articles for an international audience of researchers and science stakeholders. You will have particular responsibility for coverage of Europe and may have responsibility for supervising or managing reporters in this region.
Reporting to the Bureau Chief, Europe, the news editor will stay on top of current affairs, science policy and milestone research discoveries. You will publish stories to tight deadlines digitally, and then flow some of them into print.
You will work closely with reporters, bureau chiefs and news editors in the US and Asia Pacific region, and with the digital and engagement team.
You will be passionate about the craft of journalism, from the importance of punchy headlines to the potential impact of compelling images, graphics and video. You will have a keen news sense, an understanding of the concerns and interests of our core audience of working scientists and excellent interpersonal skills.
We seek an individual with significant experience in science journalism, either as a reporter or editor or both.
This position is based in London.
- Commission, edit and publish news stories for Nature in digital and print media.
- Assist Bureau Chief Europe in generating a stream of original ideas for enterprising, analytical stories, ranging from rapid news to investigative journalism.
- Assist the Bureau Chief Europe in supervising or directly managing reporters in Europe.
- Work closely with reporters, bureau chiefs and news editors in the US and Asia Pacific region to ensure the news output is comprehensive.
- Maintain broad knowledge of big issues in science, science policy, the scientific community and world current affairs.
- Write compelling digital headlines, standfirsts, captions and other accompanying text to ensure articles have maximum reach and impact.
- Work with art and multimedia team on images, videos and graphics to accompany – or lead – news stories.
- Work with sub-editing, art and production teams to ensure timely delivery of content.
- Work with all necessary digital tools to edit, post and publish stories.
- Report and write accurate, compelling news, as necessary.
- Make effective use of social media to promote stories.
Experience, skills and qualifications
- University degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience.
- Significant experience in science journalism or news editing.
- Fast and accurate writer and editor, able to synthesise complex ideas and topics.
- Enthusiasm for, and basic fluency in, an array of science topics.
- Good understanding of the interests and concerns of Nature’s audience of working research scientists.
- Good interpersonal skills and ease working with staff and freelance colleagues.
- Ability to work to tight deadlines.
- Command of journalistic values and best practices including libel law and defamation.
- Flexibility to adapt to new production processes and tools.
- Management experience.
- Understanding of science policy in Europe.
- Comfort with analytic newsroom tools and their use to enhance content.
- Experience with social media platforms to promote and enhance content.
- Understanding of trends in digital publishing.
To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter outlining your appropriateness for the position, and three clips of your work.
Closing date: 2nd August 2018.