Junior Writer/Editor

The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts)

Posted 1 month ago
The Junior Writer/Editor, Weekly journalist is interested in innovative reporting and committed to journalism that ​is ​highly distinctive, ​constructive​,​ and solution-oriented.

The Monitor wants to be a tool for readers who want more than news – they want to be a part of the solution. Our coverage is a vital part of this promise, and our team will interact frequently with our audience, through articles,reader response, social media, and events.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In addition to providing support for the Weekly magazine, as outlined below, the Weekly Junior writer/editor will seek opportunity to contribute creative content to the Daily as well as the Weekly. Undergirding this work 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. Our features coverage focuses on innovative, deeply reported stories. These demand lively writing that connects readers to local and global stories alike by surfacing the common goals, interests, and humanity that reach across borders.

SKILLS

  • 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.
  • 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

Includes but not limited to the following (duties subject to change):

  • In general, keeping abreast of news and cultural events that inform the wide range of direct and indirect responsibilities and franchises, which include the following:
  • Managing and editing the Progress Watch franchise, including primary responsibility for Progress Anchor stories, and secondary oversight on Points of Progress
  • Managing Overheard franchise
  • Holding secondary responsibility for Numbers in the News
  • Managing Readers Write, which includes working for the Social Media team to solicit feedback from readers, monitoring the flow of reader comments into the organization (this may involve being in regular touch with editors and writers to inquire about feedback outside of public channels), editing comments and getting permission (when necessary) from commenters to publish.
  • Writing lively features for the Weekly and Daily. This would be worked out with the Weekly editor, but the expectation is that this position supports growth in reporting and writing.
  • Posting Weekly stories to eZ.
  • Books ordering and support.

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 is required.

Work Environment
Works in an 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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