HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Why Storyful is expanding its business to work with brands
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
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.
SHARE THIS STORY
   
Show comments  
Show tags
 
Join the 15,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Why Storyful is expanding its business to work with brands
It’s one element of a broader expansion for the social news agency, which is also growing its product team and working on improving its core trend-detection technology.
An ad blocker for tragedies: How news sites handle content around sensitive stories
For stories like the Germanwings plane crash, The New York Times and many other publishers flip a switch to remove ads to avoid unwanted connections.
Newsonomics: BuzzFeed and The New York Times play Facebook’s ubiquity game
The ubiquity game has different rules for digital startups than for legacy businesses. But for both, figuring out the right relationship with Facebook is key to their audience strategies.
What to read next
2481
tweets
Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it
The new report from the Media Insight Project looks at millennials’ habits and attitudes toward news consumption: “I really wouldn’t pay for any type of news because as a citizen it’s my right to know the news.”
926The next stage in the battle for our attention: Our wrists
News companies have moved from print dollars to digital dimes to mobile pennies. Now, with the highly anticipated launch of the Apple Watch, the screens are getting even smaller. How are smart publishers thinking about the right way to serve users and maintain their attention on smartwatches?
792A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?
Instead of just publishing to their own websites, news organizations are being asked to publish directly to platforms they don’t control. Is the hunt for readers enough to justify losing some independence?
These stories are our most popular on Twitter over the past 30 days.
See all our most recent pieces ➚
Encyclo is our encyclopedia of the future of news, chronicling the key players in journalism’s evolution.
Here are a few of the entries you’ll find in Encyclo.   Get the full Encyclo ➚
Connecticut Mirror
Outside.in
PubliCola
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
DocumentCloud
USA Today
The Batavian
O Globo
Gawker Media
AOL
SF Appeal
Austin American-Statesman