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Race and Equity

Job ID: 63455
Job Views: 829
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Postal Code: 02451
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 75000 per year
Posted: 08.31.2021

Job Description

Position: Race and Equity Editor
Job Type: Full time (Currently Remote)
Salary: $75,000 to $80,000
Experience: 5+ years of journalism and editorial experience 
Educational qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in journalism or English
Location: U.S.
Reporting Manager: Senior Politics + Society Editor

The editor will work as a member of The Conversation U.S. Politics + Society team, focusing on issues relating to race and commissioning academics in fields from history to law, political science and others. The editor will work with scholars to produce stories that will help readers better understand the role that race and racism have played, and still play, in the U.S. in terms of politics, immigration, the justice system and federal and state government policies.                                  
A new position, The Conversation U.S. Race and Equity Editor will play a critical role in expanding the core theme of the politics desk – democracy – by specifically focusing on how racism, both structural and cultural, has impeded and does impede full access to democratic rights in the U.S.  Coverage will  also include how measures to overcome structural racism have fared historically, including those that successfully expanded democratic rights and equity.
The position will also cover political news more broadly as needed, especially when there is breaking news and during election cycles.
Race, identity and ethnicity are core themes of coverage across our newsroom and on our politics desk. The editor will join a strong and growing team of staff editors who also cover these issues on health, science, business, the environment, arts and religion beats. The Conversation U.S. has a goal of doubling the number of scholars of color who contribute stories by the end of 2023, and the race and equity editor will play an important role in expanding our outreach to those scholars and helping our team work successfully with them.

Who are we?

The Conversation is a nonprofit, independent news organization dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of experts for the public good. We publish trustworthy and informative articles written by academic experts for the general public and edited by our team of journalists.
The Conversation U.S. is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage members of traditionally under-represented groups – including people who are Black, Latinx, Asian, Asian American, Native American, LGBTQ+ or veterans of the armed services – to apply to join our team.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Commission and edit 3-4 clear, thoughtful and important news articles each week, working with scholars to bring their expertise to the  public in the form of expert analysis and explanatory journalism.
  • Help maintain The Conversation’s high standards by editing the work of other editors.
  • Identify scholars in member universities and cultivate their enthusiasm to write for The Conversation.
  • Work toward becoming a thought leader by attending relevant conferences and seeking out opportunities for public speaking.
  • Create and maintain timely and professional communications with scholars and member university communications teams.





Job Requirements

  • Reporting skills and news judgment to generate ideas for stories and seek out meaningful or undiscovered new research.
  • Daily news experience is helpful because editors need to work quickly and accurately.
  • Understanding of higher education and experience editing academics is useful.
  • Strong line-editing and fact-checking skills.
  • Understanding of journalism ethics and conflicts of interest.
  • Good grammar and story structure skills.
  • Detailed and organized, and able to keep track of a high volume of pitches and stories.
  • An eye for choosing appropriate and arresting photos, graphics and other visual elements to accompany stories.
  • Enthusiastic about collaborating and being part of a dynamic team.
  • Comfortable speaking to large or small audiences, or a willingness to learn this skill.


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