Environment and Climate Change Writer

The Christian Science Monitor (Remote)

Posted 1 month ago

The environment and climate change writer brings experience in reporting innovatively and writing clearly and engagingly about one of the most important subjects of our time: the changing climate. Drawing on sophisticated understanding of the subject matter, the writer is capable of engaging readers coming at the subject matter from a variety of viewpoints, and is committed to stories that are ​highly distinctive, ​constructive​,​ and solution-oriented.

The reason for this is clear: the Monitor wants to be a tool for readers who want more than news – they want to be a part of the solution. Our environmental and climate change coverage is a vital part of this promise. In addition to producing stories, the writer will interact frequently with our audience, through social media, events, and partnerships.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Includes but not limited to the following:

  • This writer primarily contributes environment and climate coverage to the Daily and Weekly magazine. This is a full-time position, and includes some travel. As a beat writer, this person is responsible for keeping abreast of relevant news and developments; cultivating distinct story angles for articles pegged to specific news events as well as feature stories in consultation with assigning editors; and producing accurate, timely, value-added content. This person should be comfortable writing from a variety of vantage points, ranging from high-level environmental policy analysis to on-the-ground coverage of communities grappling with climate change in real time.

Undergirding this position is the writer’s appreciation of and commitment to the Monitor’s journalistic mission. The Monitor prioritizes a journalism that addresses key news developments by surfacing the thinking, actions, and beliefs that may inform it, and recognizes the potential for progress and understanding in any situation, no matter how dire. The journalist in this position engages readers with subject matter expertise as well as credible hope. This writer also excels at helping people engage with subject matter without pushing them to take sides or retreat to familiar arguments.

SKILLS

  • Has extensive knowledge of climate issues and ability to develop new contacts and draw on existing ones to produce stories that go well beyond reporting on events to draw attention to new challenges, innovations, and developments in the climate change field.
  • Fully grasps the craft and ethics of newspaper journalism.
  • Finds appropriate sources for direct information and comment, in a reasonable time, and deals with them professionally and productively.
  • Locates and articulates the central idea in a story.
  • Clearly communicates and organizes the ideas in a story under some deadline pressure.
  • Can execute a range of story types, from short explainers to insightful stories that relate to issues in the news but are not spot-news pieces. Is also capable of writing long-form cover stories for the Weekly.
  • Reliably shapes or reshapes a story under normal deadline pressure.
  • Reliably conceives and evaluates a Monitor approach to news developments or feature opportunities
  • Has reliable judgment of Monitor values and standards.
  • Reliably spots the legal, ethical, or logical weaknesses in a story.
  • Through skill, judgment, and enterprise taps an appropriate range of primary and analytical sources.
  • Is competent regarding expense accounting and cost control.

DUTIES

  • Pitch stories directly to pod editors. Writers may pitch across pods, in consultation with their pod editor.
  • Produce quality work at a consistent pace. Problems meeting deadlines and changes to angle or length should be discussed with the pod editor as soon as possible.
  • Collaborate with pod editors throughout the editing and fact-checking process.
  • Travel, as needed.
  • Respond to reader feedback in a timely and respectful fashion.
  • Collaborate with the events team, as needed, on hosting Monitor events pertaining to pod coverage. Pod editors should be aware of involvement.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and collaborate with other writers within and outside the pod to ensure that we are providing nuanced, robust coverage.

STAFF MANAGEMENT AND JOB CONTACTS

Reporting Relationships
Supervisor: TBD          
Regular Contacts: Has regular contacts with other writers/newsroom staff and general public.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education/Experience
A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field such as environmental science or ecology, is required. The candidate should also have advanced journalism training, for example, a master’s degree, or several years’ experience in writing on environmental issues.

Work Environment
Works in home office environment.

Engagement with Christian Science
The First Church of Christ, Scientist embraces all applicants, including Christian Scientists.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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