Deputy Section Editor - Technology

at The Conversation AU

Salary range: $70k negotiable

We are seeking a journalist with a keen interest in technology and the ability to generate compelling story ideas to join our Science & Technology team. 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 sharing new ideas.

About the role

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, but also identifying new trends emerging in their sector. 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 technology (or science) journalist who has online experience and strong people skills. She or he will have an understanding of how research in science and technology takes place, what to look for to identify robust methods, results, and interpretation, and how research outcomes intersect with broader aspects of society and culture.

We're also looking for someone who is thoughtful, calm, methodical, rigorous and with a deep commitment to professional impartiality and high ethical standards. Multimedia experience and an interest in innovative approaches to digital storytelling will be highly valued.

Ideally, the successful applicant will be based at our newsroom just outside Melbourne's CBD but other locations will be considered.

Key Selection Criteria:

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

Closing date: Friday October 27, 5pm

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

How to Apply for this job

Please provide a 200-word statement on why you think we should interview you, plus a full CV, and at least two references.

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