Covering Climate Now is Hiring!

SEEKING MANAGING EDITOR & SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR FOR COVERING CLIMATE NOW

Covering Climate Now is a global journalistic collaboration working to dramatically improve the coverage of the biggest news story of our time. Co-founded by the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation in association with The Guardian, Covering Climate Now includes more than 380 news outlets—online, print, TV, radio, large and small—with a combined audience well over 1 billion people. Together we are driving a conversation within our profession about how to improve coverage of this ever evolving news story. Towards that end, Covering Climate Now covers not the climate story itself but rather how the media is covering that story. We publish original reporting and commentary that highlights best practices, constructively criticizes shortcomings, identifies authoritative background resources, offers story ideas, lists professional opportunities, and encourages further collaborations such as the week of dedicated coverage we organized around the United Nations Climate Action summit in September of 2019.

Covering Climate Now is seeking an exceptional, dedicated journalist to play a dual role as both managing editor and social media director of our website. Covering Climate Now is a young, fast growing organization. As a member of a small team, the right candidate should be prepared to participate enthusiastically and creatively in the growth process. The position is based in New York City, with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Women and people of color in particular are encouraged to apply. Please send resume and cover letter to: ccnowjobs@gmail.com.


JOB OVERVIEW

As managing editor, you will work to make the Covering Climate Now website the essential online hub of a public conversation about how newsrooms everywhere can do justice to the climate story. Working closely with the executive director of Covering Climate Now, you will manage the website on a daily basis, conceiving, assigning, editing, and producing one or two original reporting or commentary articles each week (including accompanying art or graphics). You will also work with editors at the Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation and the Guardian, which will co-publish many of Covering Climate Now’s articles, and you will collaborate on occasion with Covering Climate Now’s partner news outlets when they co-publish stories with us. You will be in charge of producing various features for the website, including a listing of the day's two or three news stories that best illustrate good (or not so good) climate journalism. In addition, you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a strong social media presence for Covering Climate Now, including promotion of content produced not only by Covering Climate Now but also by its hundreds of participating news outlets.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three to five years of newsroom experience as an assigning editor

  • Excellent news judgement, writing and editing skills

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills

  • Familiarity with all forms of social media and a track record of using it in support of strong journalism

  • Basic knowledge of the climate issue

  • Flexible, can-do, team player attitude

  • Spanish or other non-English language speaking skills are a plus

  • Located in NYC area

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