Senior Section Editor / Science + Technology

at The Conversation AU

Salary range: $75k negotiable

We are seeking a journalist with a keen interest in science and technology and the ability to generate compelling story ideas to help lead our science and technology coverage. The Conversation's unique publishing model pairs professional editors with academics to better inform public discourse. Editors for The Conversation need to be voracious readers who are well informed about developments in their field and passionate about developing new ideas.

Editors are responsible for working with academics to find out about the latest research and help translate complex ideas into plain language so they can be shared with a wide audience. That means spending time with our university partners and learning about what's happening, especially new research. Editors need to keep up with news and identify opportunities to work with academics to explain topical issues, for example fact checking claims by prominent people or explaining new research or technological innovation.

The Conversation is a trusted journalism brand, and this role requires someone who can protect its hard won credibility. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be a passionate science journalist who has online experience and strong people skills. We're also looking for someone who is thoughtful, calm, methodical, rigorous and with a deep commitment to professional impartiality and high ethical standards.

Ideally, the successful applicant will be based at our newsroom just outside Melbourne's CBD. Please provide a 200-word statement on why you think we should interview you, plus a full CV, and at least two references.

Key Selection Criteria, Senior Section Editor, Science & Technology:

  • Digitally savvy and experienced in online journalism
  • Experience in science reporting, editing or writing
  • Interest in multimedia, podcasting and data visualisation
  • Creativity and the ability to generate compelling ideas
  • Strong people skills and diplomacy
  • Highly developed research and analytical skills

Due date Monday 27 February

Applicants should be legally eligible to work in Australia. TC is unable to sponsor prospective employees’ visa applications.

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