Research Reporter/Editor, Journalist's Resource - Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts

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Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

United States


Detailed Job Description

Duties & Responsibilities
The position reports to the Executive Director and Director. The Research Reporter/Editor writes daily summaries of public policy research and participates in the editorial, strategic work of Journalist's Resource, a dynamic website run by the Shorenstein Center. The website bridges the gap between academic knowledge and the mass media on a wide range of public policy subjects, and has a broad audience comprised of journalists, journalism professors, and the public. The website is a repository of thousands of papers and the content is distributed on an hourly, daily and weekly basis via Twitter, Facebook and a weekly email. Visits to the website this year will exceed 2 million pageviews.
The Research Reporter/Editor reviews all of the major academic public policy-related journals, selects the most significant new papers, and summarizes their findings for the website. The job requires the writing skills of a daily news reporter & the perception of a scholarly researcher. In addition, the work involves hands-on website work, vigorous engagement in social media, and outreach to working journalists and scholars.

Job components:
Read, understand and summarize academic papers covering the full range of public policy subjects. Must keep up with the daily news and be familiar with social science research methods. Writing about academic knowledge and blending it with news is the crux of the job. Respond to breaking news with academic work helpful to reporters on deadline.
Evaluate, organize and select the topics that will be covered in a given week. Establish a system of alerts and patterns of information-seeking that allow the project to "keep up" with the newest, latest and most important research in the social sciences and incorporate that with trending news topics.
Must have a deep understanding of how social media works.
Work with other Journalist's Resource staff member and collaborate on:
Hiring student researchers and overseeing their workflow;
train them and make sure their work conforms to Journalist's Resource style and form;
oversee one external web consultant who provides feedback on back-end coding, trouble-shooting and new design initiatives.
Manage the development of new syllabi and other materials that will be posted on the website.

Additional Information
This position is a benefits-eligible term appointment, ending two years from date of hire with the possibility of renewal.

Important Application Instructions: Must provide writing sample and links to web-based material.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Basic Qualifications
Five to ten years related experience in journalism, Internet communications, Web development, publications or related fields. Bachelor's Degree.

Additional Qualifications
Superior research, writing, analytical skills. Must be able to write constantly, clearly, and quickly. Experience with WordPress. Proven project management skills, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Strong copy-editing, excellent organizational abilities and extremely detail-oriented. Masters degree a plus.

Must be proactive and able to complete complex tasks with minimal direction on short deadline. Enthusiasm for new and emerging technologies. Familiarity with HTML, WordPress, PhotoShop, Word, Excel are desirable. Must be resourceful and creative about technical problem-solving. Experience in narrative journalism, multimedia reporting desirable. Experience with website management, from the technical/server side to user experience, desirable. Strong professional, interpersonal skills.

Must provide writing sample and links to web-based material.

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Keyword Phrases

  • Research Reporter/Editor, Journalist's Resource
  • Shorenstein Center
  • Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: 5-7 years
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Competitive
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume