Science Editor

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BuzzFeed literally helped PowerToFly get off the ground. They were one of our first hiring partners when we launched about four years ago. On top of that, their executives backed us as angel investors. Both Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed's Founder and CEO, and Greg Coleman, BuzzFeed's President, wrote checks to turn our dream into a reality (and they continue to advise our founders, an unmeasurable value). We also got significant seed funding from two of BuzzFeed's board members - Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau.

Needless to say, BuzzFeed is completely invested in making PowerToFly a success, and that means hiring more women through the platform. BuzzFeed has certainly done that. Countless women have been hired by BuzzFeed through PowerToFly like Paola Matta who started out as an English Major before writing code.

BuzzFeed News is looking for an inspiring, enthusiastic, and nimble editor to lead our team of five science reporters. 

You will want to publish untold science stories — to avoid cheerleading, the embargoed-study churn, and inconsequential changes in policy, and instead find original stories to grab the attention of a large audience. Our newsroom pushes for investigative stories, big and small, with real-world impact and a connection to the biggest stories of this cultural moment. 

Over the past four years, the science team has tackled multiple stories and formats, including: 

—A series on the scientific misconduct of Cornell professor Brian Wansink, prompting a university investigation and Wansink’s resignation; 

—Several investigations revealing sexual harassment allegations against leading scientists, ultimately leading to their resignation or termination; 

—An award-winning series on the government’s aerial surveillance, including interactive maps and an innovative machine-learning algorithm trained to search for hidden spyplanes over US airspace;

Visualizations and quizzes that make the climate crisis real; 

—A deeply reported ongoing series exploring the human cost of the opioid crisis, and efforts to combat its toll; 

—Investigations of harmful medical treatments, from eye drops that blinded people to Facebook’s “poop cult”

—Stories based on public records requests, such as exposing how the Department of Energy lost control at the country’s largest nuclear cleanup site, and how the State Department botched its investigation into the mysterious illness that struck diplomats in Cuba. 

If all this sounds exciting, please submit a short cover letter that includes: 

—your experience reporting on or editing science investigations, and

—your thoughts on our coverage to date, and what you would focus on as new editor of the desk. How would you push to make BuzzFeed’s science stories stand apart from other publications? 

You will work from the BuzzFeed offices in New York City, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C. We offer a great compensation package and a stock option program. 

Responsibilities:

  • Publish innovative, ambitious stories with real-world impact 
  • Manage and edit a wide mix of breaking news, enterprise, features, and investigations
  • Run a largely autonomous team within a larger newsroom, balancing its independence with collaboration across desks (particularly the Investigations, Tech and Breaking News teams)
  • Manage the production of all of the team’s stories, including coordinating with designers, copy editors, social curators, the PR team, and the newsroom lawyer

Requirements:

  • At least 7 years of experience reporting and/or editing for a journalistic outlet, including landing investigative stories with real-world impact
  • Experience turning complicated ideas into clear and lively prose
  • A critical, skeptical eye for hype and baloney
  • Love for and excitement about the internet

Life at BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed strongly believes that the more diverse our team, the better our work will be. BuzzFeed is committed to equal opportunity employment and celebrates inclusion in all circumstances. As a BuzzFeed employee, you can expect:

  • A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions

  • Opportunities for growth and development via work experience and offerings from our in-house Learning Team

  • Employee resource groups, frequent in-office events, volunteer opportunities, and more

  • An attractive compensation package, including salary and equity

  • A generous and well-rounded benefits program featuring PTO and unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym and wellness discounts, and much more

  • No shortage of snacks, catered lunches, beverages, birthday treats... even leftovers from the Tasty kitchens in LA and NYC!

BuzzFeed is the leading independent digital media and tech company delivering news and entertainment content to a global audience. We have offices in 19 cities around the world and more than 1500 employees including reporters, video producers, data scientists, engineers, brand strategists, and more. We value a culture of experimentation, teamwork, equality, humble confidence, and hard work (fused with fun). At BuzzFeed, you’ll work with inspiring colleagues to build tools and create content that helps connect people all over the world.

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