Emily Cho
Op-Ed

We’re Hiring: Futurism.com Wants an Assistant News Editor

Come work with us.

Foster KamerJuly 16th 2018

So! Futurism Media is growing, and now, we’re looking to hire an Assistant Editor for Futurism.com. We’re trying to fill this new role by the end of August, in time for the September 2018 relaunch of the site. Our office is in Williamsburg, New York (this is an in-house position). And for our potential hire, we’re offering a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and the opportunity to grow a career in media as part of an exciting, new stripe of media company — and one with a bright future ahead of it.

The Assistant Editor of Futurism.com will:

  • Report directly to the Managing Editor of Futurism.com and primarily assist the Managing Editor in editing and writing for our upcoming news product (currently in beta on the site as The Digest).
  • Be responsible for assigning, editing, and writing these news posts, with opportunities to write more in-depth stories and features, in addition to growth opportunities involving more entrepreneurial projects and beat reporting.

On The Digest, we’ll be breaking down the most important technology and science stories of the day, as they happen, with whip-smart analysis and takeaways that give our readers entries to the most important narratives we cover. The aim? For The Digest to be a relevant, useful, sharp, smart, funny, and ultimately crucial daily must-read for the leaders of tomorrow, today.

In exchange, here’s what we’re looking for, in order of priority:

  • Writing chops. While it’d help if you have a background or understanding of writing about technology and science, as well as ideas concerning the future of the world, it’s not crucial. The important thing, first and foremost, is that you have a passion for writing and can string together fun, sharp, concise, informative, exciting copy — and that you can do it quickly, without preciousness. Literary journal aspirants or chronic dissertation writers need not apply. Same goes to anyone married to any kind of static, universal style guide. If your writing reads well, we want it, and we don’t care if it comes to us from a high school sports desk or the steerage deck at an ad agency.
  • Competitiveness and work ethic. We’re a startup. We’re gonna be grinding. This requires an ability to work hard, work smart, and be entrepreneurial about your work. We need someone we can trust to get the job done, to learn from mistakes quickly in order to get us where we’re going.
  • Editing chops. If you’re already a halfway decent writer, you’re probably also gonna instinctually understand how to make other people’s writing better (or at the very least, help them deliver clean, concise copy). This is less about any practical editing experience than it is an ability to deal with other people’s work — to take things from good to great, and to communicate with writers in a constructive, respectful, and ultimately meaningful way that helps them get that much closer to achieving the highest level of quality they can reach.
  • News instincts and strong ideas. Again, you don’t have to be a science or technology editor, but you need to have some interest in topics like AI, cryptocurrency, med-tech, universal basic income, blockchain, the future of transportation, the future of urbanization, green energy initiatives, and wonderfully rich characters like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos (as well as a sense of who’s missing from conversations about science and technology). If this stuff makes your eyes gloss over, sorry, this isn’t for you. But as mentioned above: If you find it compelling, and have passion for learning about anything, you’re who we’re looking for. And needless to say, if you already have an intense passion for these subjects, and strong ideas about them, we’re definitely looking for you.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, here’s what we’d like from you, submitted right here:

  • An email cover letter and a resume (attached in PDF). We know, it’s standard and basic. But we want a quick, clean snapshot of who you are and what you’ve got to say.
  • A few writing samples, either linked out or attached as PDFs. They can be literally anything — we just want you to show us you, at the best of your abilities.

We’re an exciting, growing company focused on the future, and from where we stand, it’s pretty bright. Come join us on the ride.

Futurism is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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