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Founded in 1921, Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit membership organization located in Washington, D.C. Its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.
SSP publishes the award-winning Science News, Science News for Kids, and Science News Prime. It also offers outstanding education programs for students and teachers, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Broadcom MASTERS competition and the SSP Fellowship program for teachers. SSP also delivers membership, alumni, and outreach programming in support of its vision.
The non-profit Society for Science & the Public, dedicated to increasing the public awareness of science and publisher of Science News magazine, is currently seeking a reporter-blogger to write about excellence in student scientific research.
This unique position, which reports to the Editor-in-Chief of Science News, will be responsible for reporting, writing and producing original journalism for an upcoming daily blog on students from the United States and abroad who carry out the most interesting and ground-breaking science projects and research. Aimed at inspiring, rather than intimidating, budding science students of late middle and high school age, the blog will showcase students’ scientific excellence and convey best-practices advice and tips on how to conceive and carry out high-quality, inquiry-based science projects. The reporter will follow and profile the nation’s top young scientists – including, but not limited to, the finalists and winners of SSP’s science competitions, including the high-school-level Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) and Broadcom MASTERS competition for middle school students. We’re after solid, explanatory service journalism that fulfills SSP’s mission to advance science education, not puff pieces or routine promotional coverage of science fairs and competitions.
The ideal candidate will have significant journalism experience as a reporter, blogger or editor, as well as a background in science and a passion for scientific inquiry. Familiarity with blog-publishing software and some Web production skills are highly desired.
This is an opportunity to help Science News carve out a leadership position in a subject area that is gaining prominence and visibility on a national and global scale. This position leverages two key strengths of the Society of Science & the Public: Publishing award-winning journalism, through Science News magazine, and running the world’s most prestigious science competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search (STS).
We offer a competitive financial package and a creative, collaborative working environment. We are located in Washington, DC.
To apply please send a cover letter, resume (including references) and five writing samples electronically to Eva Emerson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Education Writer” in the subject line.
Science News, the award-winning print and digital magazine published by the Society for Science & the Public in Washington, DC, has an immediate opening for an experienced features editor.
The features editor is primarily responsible for editing feature articles and weekly columns and overseeing their production for the Science News website, biweekly magazine and the tablet publication. The position requires working with other editors, staff reporters and freelance writers to develop ideas for feature stories across a range of scientific disciplines. The features editor works closely with writers on the direction, scope and tone of these stories, with attention to each writer’s interests and strengths. The editor is also responsible for locating source art and working with the design and production team to conceptualize and create art and graphics that convey key content, reviewing coverage in competing news outlets and scientific journals, and maintaining a big-picture understanding of how each week’s features fit into the overall issue and an awareness of the breadth and scope of coverage from issue to issue. With the editor in chief and managing editor, the features editor will help generate ideas for special issues and oversee their progress.
Major responsibilities include:
-Research and refining of new feature ideas in coordination with editors and writers
-Work with writers during reporting and writing of features
-Manage feature schedule, in coordination with the rest of the team
-Edit features for content, clarity, grammar and style
-Write headlines, decks and captions
-Research, develop and edit art and infographics for features. This may require original reporting and/or a search of the scientific literature
-Oversee feature articles through entire production process, from art ideas to final
-Evaluate issues raised in fact checks, which may require reading original scientific literature and/or original reporting
-Proofread tablet and magazine pages and assisting with other editing tasks as needed.
The ideal candidate will have superior editing skills and extensive experience working with artists to develop information graphics that communicate scientific concepts accurately. Ability to engage deeply with scientific content, to guide writer and illustrators to communicate ideas clearly. Evidence of established relationships with reliable freelance contributors is highly desirable. Science journalism experience and a science background are required, and the ability to work collegially in a fast-paced environment with a small editing team and a talented staff of writers and freelancers is essential. Critical qualities for this job include the ability to set and meet regular deadlines, honed organizational skills and a highly tuned attention to detail. Applicants should have experience and familiarity with both print and digital production.
To apply please send a cover letter, resume (including references) and samples of work (features and infographics you have edited are preferred) electronically to Eva Emerson at email@example.com. Please put “Features Editor” in the subject line.
Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is looking for an energetic and innovative full-time Drupal Developer who is well experienced with selection and use of a wide range of Drupal modules, able to extend existing modules or write new modules from scratch, able to theme using best-practice techniques, and is experienced with tools in LAMP environments.
You will be working with new and emerging technologies for online engagement and support integration with the Drupal CMS. The ideal candidate will have the ability to self-manage and work quickly, effectively, and efficiently in a team environment with a close attention to detail. The ideal candidate will have 3+ years full-time Drupal development experience, including module selection, module development and theming using Drupal 7. This position reports to the Director of Internal Operations.
Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
To learn more about Society for Science & the Public, please visit www.societyforscience.org
Science News, published by the non-profit Society for Science & the Public, is currently seeking a talented copy editor and production coordinator to join our science journalism team. We are looking for someone with exceptional organizational skills, whose passion for grammar, style and accuracy will help maintain the highest quality in our print, tablet and online publications. We offer a competitive financial package and fast-paced, collaborative working environment. This is a full-time staff position located in Washington, D.C.
This position reports to the Editor in Chief.
Qualifications: Understanding of the practice of journalism. Multitasking abilities. Strong writing skills and interest in science required. College degree in journalism with a background in science preferred. Expertise in AP Style and proven skill in editing, grammar and punctuation are required. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite preferred. Must be comfortable reading primary scientific literature for fact checking and nurture a total commitment to accuracy.
To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 to 5 samples of professional work (writing clips, editing clips, website links, etc.), attention Eva Emerson, at email@example.com. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to advancing the public engagement in science and science education. Founded in 1921, it is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of downtown Washington, D.C. Its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.
SSP publishes the award-winning Science News, Science News for Kids, and Science News Prime for the iPad. It also offers outstanding education programs for students:
-Intel Science Talent Search
-Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
-Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology & Engineering for Rising Stars)
The Information Technology Specialist reports to the Director of Internal Operations and works closely with all members of the Information Technology Department. The successful candidate will support existing technologies and initiate process improvements. The ability to identify and resolve software problems quickly and to adapt to emerging technologies is required.
Attendance at all SSP education programs, which requires at least two weeks of travel annually
The Society for Science & the Public Communication Internship is intended for people planning careers in communication and is offered three times a year for at least a three-month stay within the following periods: spring (January to April), summer (May to August) and fall (September to December). One applicant will be selected for each period.
Interns will work 15 hours per week at SSP’s Washington, DC offices and receive a stipend of $400 every two weeks. Applications for the Fall 2013 internship are due by August 16, 2013. Please send your resume and a short writing sample (max of 300 words) to Patrick Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Interns must be current undergraduate or graduate students. Preference is given to students pursuing a degree in communication, alumni of SSP education competitions, and students with an interest and participation in STEM news, research, or education. Applicants planning to receive course credit for this internship should provide any necessary information regarding requirements to SSP.
Specific duties will be decided on based on applicant’s interests and skill level at the beginning of the internship. Possible duties include:
Science News, the award-winning magazine covering all fields of science for a general readership, is now accepting applications for its science writer internships.
The internship is intended for people planning careers in science writing and is offered three times a year for at least a three-month stay within the following periods: spring (January to April), summer (May to August) and fall (September to December). One applicant will be selected for each period. Preference is given to people completing an advanced degree in journalism with an emphasis in science writing. Skilled writers working toward an advanced degree in one of the sciences and experienced journalists in transition to a science specialty are also considered.
Applicants should send by e-mail a cover letter, résumé, names of three references and at least three science writing samples to:
Allison BohacScience News1719 N Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. email@example.com
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