Deputy Editor, Politics & Society

at The Conversation AU

  • Role: Deputy Editor, Politics & Society
  • Department: Politics & Society
  • Reports to: Editor, Politics & Society
  • Salary range: $60-70k negotiable

Purpose of the Role:

We're looking for a digitally savvy journalist with good research skills and a passion for politics, public policy and current affairs. The Deputy Editor, Politics & Society, will be required to work with academics to generate story ideas spanning politics, foreign affairs, the law and social issues.

We hope to appoint someone with a background in reporting social policy and politics, experience in online journalism and an interest in data journalism. We are looking for someone with the energy and commitment to build new relationships and unearth new talent that will enhance our expert coverage and make an impact in this post.

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 in detail legal or regulatory issues.

The Conversation is a trusted journalism brand, and this role requires someone who can protect its hard won credibility. The ideal candidate will be an experienced journalist who is a politics expert and who also has strong people skills. You need to be thoughtful, calm, methodical, rigorous and have a deep commitment to professional impartiality and high ethical standards.

Key Selection Criteria, Deputy Editor, Politics & Society:

  • Experience reporting politics, social affairs and public policy
  • Interest or experience in data journalism
  • Creativity and the ability to generate compelling ideas
  • Strong people skills and diplomacy
  • The ability to build strong network of contacts
  • Highly developed research and analytical skills
  • Polished presentation
  • Care and attention to detail

Applications by COB Monday 26th March

Parkville Victoria Australia

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