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Aug. 3, 2009, 10 a.m.

We’re hiring: Come work for the Nieman Journalism Lab

I’m happy to announce a rare event in contemporary journalism: The availability of a good job.

This good job happens to be working for me here at the Nieman Journalism Lab. We’re looking for a full-time reporter and editor to join our little newsroom here at Harvard. This person would do the kinds of things we do around here: tracking innovation in new and established newsrooms; investigating business models that can sustain quality journalism; and profiling people doing new things with technology and news. In other words, he or she will be writing the kinds of pieces you see around this site.

Things that would help an applicant stand out: excellent reporting and writing chops; experience writing for the web; an established habit of keeping up with the debates online around the future of journalism; the ability to work quickly and smartly; knowledge of and interest in the business side of journalism; skills in social media and video production; and the ability to think critically and see through weak arguments. Some of these are more critical than others: We can teach you video production, for instance, but strong reporting and writing are critical from the start. In addition, this person will do some occasional editing of other folks’ writing.

The job is here in Cambridge, at Lippmann House on the Harvard campus. I can speak from experience that working at Harvard is pretty great; it’s bracing to be surrounded on all sides by so many smart people. It’s even better to work here at the Nieman Foundation, where you get to spend your time with some of the world’s best journalists.

The job is officially for a one-year term, but if everyone’s happy and funding doesn’t disappear, that term can be extended indefinitely.

Don’t apply by emailing me; all applications must be submitted through the official Harvard HR system. The job posting in that system is here, where there’s also a more official description of the job. We’ll probably take down the posting sometime later this week — say, Thursday or Friday — so you’ll want to get your applications in relatively quickly. All you need at this stage is a resume and a cover letter.

If you have any questions about the position, feel free to email me at joshua_benton@harvard.edu. (That said, please only email if you have actual questions; don’t email me just to tell me why you’re perfect for the job. Put all that in the cover letter.)

POSTED     Aug. 3, 2009, 10 a.m.
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