New Zealand Editor: Politics, Business & Humanities

at The Conversation New Zealand

Purpose of the Role:

As New Zealand heads into an election year, The Conversation is looking for an experienced journalist to join our team in early 2020 as our New Zealand Editor: Politics, Business & Humanities. This is a newly created role, to work alongside our current New Zealand Editor as well as Australian-based colleagues from The Conversation’s Australia & New Zealand team.

We’re looking for someone with current journalism or editing experience, ideally also with the personal and strategic skills to manage and continue to strengthen our relationships with The Conversation’s New Zealand university members. But the job is primarily an editorial role, and we are particularly interested in candidates with a strong news media background, particularly in New Zealand politics and business, as well as the humanities.

Our ideal candidate would be a proven self-starter, able to juggle quick turnaround news stories – especially those relevant to The Conversation’s wider global audience, as well as for New Zealand readers – along with longer-term projects and relationship management. They require excellent editing skills, ideally working in news media or online editing or publishing, and be a skilled and diplomatic communicator, able to provide constructive feedback to authors at universities across New Zealand.

This position is being offered as a one-year contract, but there is scope for the successful applicant to make it a permanent/ongoing role beyond 2020, depending on winning additional membership funding. (This will be discussed in interviews with short-listed candidates.)

Launched in 2011, The Conversation is a not-for-profit, public interest journalism publisher that now reaches millions of readers worldwide every month. Our unique publishing model pairs professional editors with academics and researchers, so that together we can share expert knowledge in plain English.

Key responsibilities of the New Zealand Editor: Politics, Business & Humanities include:

  • commissioning, editing and publishing of text-based articles and multimedia content (in collaboration with digital storytelling colleagues in Australia). In 2020, New Zealand politics and the election will be one of the main areas to focus on.
  • spending time meeting key researchers and representing The Conversation Australia & New Zealand with university and other research leaders.
  • identifying opportunities to boost The Conversation’s republication in New Zealand and global media (such as our current partnership with Stuff on Climate Explained Q&As)

All of our editors need to be voracious readers, who are well informed about developments in their fields and passionate about developing new ideas. They must be thoughtful, calm, methodical, rigorous and possess a deep commitment to professional impartiality and high ethical standards.

The ideal candidate would be based in Auckland – to complement our current New Zealand Editor, who is based in Wellington – but we are open to applicants from across New Zealand. The Conversation is committed to building an inclusive workplace and we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Current experience as a journalist or editor in New Zealand, particularly in politics and business
  • Excellent news judgement
  • Curiosity and an appetite for knowledge
  • Strong people skills and diplomacy
  • The ability to build and maintain a strong network of contacts
  • Highly developed research and analytical skills
  • Creativity and the ability to generate compelling ideas
  • Digital media experience
  • Polished presentation skills
  • Care and attention to detail

Please send resume and a one page cover letter to

Closes: Monday December 9 close of business (5pm AEDT)

Auckland Auckland New Zealand

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