Footnote is seeking skilled communicators to help us unlock the power of academic research by making it accessible and engaging to the public. We are continually looking to expand our pool of Assistant Editors who can collaborate with academics to create original content communicating their research and expertise to lay audiences.
Footnote is looking for skilled science and social science communicators to help us unlock the power of academic research by making it accessible and engaging to the public. We partner with universities, research centers, and scholars to increase the impact and influence of their work by sharing it in outlets such as The Boston Globe, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, The Hill, and The Washington Post, as well as through blog posts, policy briefs, social media, and other channels.
We are seeking talented writers and editors to collaborate with academics to create original articles communicating their research and expertise to lay audiences. Your job is to help researchers give voice to their ideas by clearing away the academic jargon and complexity, teasing out what’s most interesting and impactful at the heart of their work, and translating it into clear, compelling stories. You will work with scholars from schools such as Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford to showcase innovative research and ideas in disciplines ranging from business and technology to public health and education.
Whether you are a journalist with a nerdy streak or a recovering academic, you should have extensive experience communicating science and social science research and its impact to lay audiences. You should have a knack for:
- Developing compelling story angles and news hooks
- Writing succinct, clear, engaging prose
- Structuring an article with a clear, interesting narrative and logical flow
- Paying attention to detail, including fact-checking and grammar
- Incorporating ideas and feedback from others (i.e. be a collaborator and editor, not just a writer)
You should be able to understand and synthesize science and social science research from a range of disciplines, talk intelligently with leading academics about their work, and identify the most compelling and important insights at the heart of a piece of research. You should also be able to work independently; manage projects and tasks in a timely, organized manner; and communicate well with a virtual team and with clients.
Our main priority is to find talented writers and editors with the skills described above. Experience with any of the following would be an added bonus:
- Pitching – Understanding the media landscape and the styles and requirements of different outlets, pitching and publishing at prominent outlets
- Social Media – Writing social media posts, managing social media accounts
- Client Interactions – Interacting with high-level academics, serving clients in any type of external-facing role
We’re a small company with team members from across the country and leadership based in Washington, D.C. and Boston. We care about the mission behind what we do and about building a sustainable, successful organization. We’re looking for editors to join us part-time at first, starting on an article-by-article basis, and ideally build up to 20 to 40 hours a week of consistent work as a core part of our team. Starting pay is $25-50 an hour, depending on experience level.
To learn more, please check out our work at http://footnote.co and this Inside Higher Ed article that discusses our mission. If you’re interested in the position, please send a resume, short email introduction, and samples of relevant work to connect @ footnote.co with the subject line “Application for Assistant Editor position.” In your application, we’d like to know:
- What excites you about this position? What drives your passion for communicating science and social science to the public?
- What articles best exemplify your writing style and showcase your ability to translate academic research into compelling, engaging stories?
- Do you have experience working as an editor or collaborator, as opposed to writing your own pieces? How do you feel these roles differ?
- What topics in science and social science are most compelling to you?
- Do you have experience working in an academic setting or collaborating with researchers?
- Do you have experience managing projects for clients?
- What is your current rate and availability for new projects?
- How did you find this job posting?
Listings last updated July 8, 2019