Live Science is a top online science news publisher that draws more than 25 million users a month and aims to reach everyone who is curious about the world and how it works. Our smart, creative and hardworking reporters scour journals, talk to experts and mine online resources to find the most interesting discoveries in everything from archaeology to physics to health.
Live Science is looking for a well-informed, sharp and hardworking science writer with 3 to 5 years of experience in digital science reporting and with a focus in Earth science, physics or mathematics.
This person should be a superb writer and a science news junkie, with a shrewd ability to discern which discoveries and news items speak to a Live Science reader. The science writer should be self-motivated and keep abreast of all the big (and some obscure) journals in their beat and the news of the day.
The senior writer will pitch, report and write several science news and feature stories a week. The person will also work with the video and social media teams to create content targeted to those platforms. This writer will keep editors up to date on what is happening in their science beats and how Live Science can cover the news in a meaningful and creative way.
The senior writer should be enthusiastically curious, have terrific organizational skills, a passion for disseminating compelling science news and work well on a team with other reporters and editors.
What Will Be Expected of Me?
- Keep up with the latest discoveries and ongoing research in their beat(s).
- Explore journals and other resources to find interesting pitches for Live Science articles and other content.
- Write one to two articles a day.
- File clean copy that follows AP style.
- Cultivate sources and identify and cover relevant conferences and live events, working with editors to plan coverage.
- Find enterprise stories with a unique Live Science angle
What will I need to succeed?
- Proven experience as an online science news writer.
- A firm grasp of either Earth science, physics or mathematics.
- An undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism, with science journalism a plus.
- The ability to read and interpret scientific journal articles to conduct intelligent interviews with relevant scientists.
As well as our standard benefits, we have a number of awesome perks available to our staff including:
- Unlimited paid time off (yes you read that right!)
- A share in our success- every member of staff receives a profit pool bonus at the end of our financial year
- Free digital magazine subscriptions and access to back copies of our print magazines and bookazines
- Regular staff socials arranged by our wonderful Employee Community & Culture committees (when we get back to the office)
- Huge opportunities to learn and develop whether through professional qualifications, exposure to incredible business projects or informal lunch & learns, hosted by your colleagues.