Staff Writer, Future Section

The Outline, New York City, New York

Date PostedDecember 06, 2017
IndustryDigital Media
SpecialtyGeneral Assignment
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

The Outline is looking for a full-time staff writer for our future section, which is about how machines (technology) and human understanding (science) are changing and how those changes affect people.

The Outline’s future coverage is about demystification. Reporting about technology often makes it seem like humans are out of the loop — an algorithm did a thing, instead of a human doing a thing using an algorithm. Meanwhile, science can be treated like magic, with hand-waving instead of explanations and hyperbole instead of analysis. Our goal with future coverage is to be critical, but not pessimistic; forward-looking, but informed by history; and smart, but accessible.

In our view, demystifying the future doesn’t make it any less exciting. To the contrary: Truly understanding how things really work makes them more interesting.

The ideal candidate will have a high metabolism for news, lots of daily writing experience, a fascination with the way things work, a sense of humor, a critical eye, and the ability to take assignments as well as generate ideas. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience writing about tech and science, working entirely or predominantly online.

This writer will be publishing 1-2 stories a day. They will also work on video and audio stories in production as well as on screen and on mic.

This is a full-time position with a preference for candidates in New York City, but a potential for remote.

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