Space Reporter, The Verge
Job category: Other
Job Type: Full Time
Remote, New York
The Verge’s science team is looking for a Space Reporter, and we’d love for you to join us! We’re looking for someone interested in keeping up with the fast-paced realm of space who can maintain The Verge’s industry-leading coverage. Whether reporting on distant galaxies, exploding rockets, or imploding space startups, space stories are a core part of The Verge’s coverage. We’re all about the future, and humanity is increasingly becoming tied to the skies above us, with satellites intimately connected to our gadgets and billions of dollars pouring into efforts to get commercial space companies off the ground. Discoveries in space also help shape our perspective of our place in the universe through pictures of distant galaxies, data on black holes, and our increasing exploration of our familiar rocks of the solar system.
We’re looking for a science reporter mostly focused on the space beat. As a space reporter, you’ll be expected to cover developments in spaceflight, science missions and research, and new discoveries related to space. They’ll be able to keep tabs on what’s going on in businesses like SpaceX, Blue Origin, as well as how space policy and other developments in space affect people’s lives here on Earth.
The job will involve reporting in a mix of formats, with longer, deeper reporting publishing at least once a week and shorter stories publishing about once a day. You will have the opportunity to be involved with our social and science video teams. Working quickly and accurately is essential. You should be able to recognize the difference between a general topic and a good story and figure out which format offers the best way to tell that story for our audience.
WHO WE ARE
The Verge is an ambitious multimedia effort founded in 2011 to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience.
The Verge is part of Vox Media, the leading modern media company. We guide our audience from discovery to obsession. We inspire essential conversations about what’s now, what’s next, and what’s possible.
As a community of journalists and storytellers, business professionals, creators and technologists, we believe it is a moral and business imperative to amplify voices: to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and media. This applies to our candidates, our teams, our storytelling, our creative work, and our platforms, products, and partnerships.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Write and publish at least one story a day, whether it’s a blog post or a longer report or feature
- Come up with fresh, sharp angles on space news and keep the team aware of major developments that are relevant to The Verge’s audience
- Report news out as necessary, on tight deadlines, which includes making calls, asking tough questions, and pursuing a story aggressively
- Approach learning from your editors with openness and enthusiasm
WHO YOU ARE
- Proven track record covering the science and business of space, particularly on news or breaking stories
- Strong storytelling capabilities, and the ability to tell the difference between a story and a topic
- The demonstrated ability to transform scientific studies and complex ideas into interesting and understandable stories, with an eye toward the audience’s interests and needs
- An interest in our other coverage areas, and a willingness to find the science story in entertainment, transportation, or technology
Nice to have, but not required:
- 3+ years reporting in the science space
- Experience on camera
If you think you have what it takes, but don’t meet every single point in our job posting, please apply with a cover letter to let us know how you believe you can bring your unique skills to the Vox Media team or get in touch! We’ve hired chefs who became editors, DJs who became UX designers, and sommeliers who became writers.
WHERE YOU’LL WORK
This job is remote. We’re dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our employees, and when we reopen, will require everyone who works from one of our offices to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees with approved religious or medical exemptions may be subject to additional safety requirements, such as submitting to regular COVID-19 testing and/or wearing a face covering in our offices.
WHY VOX MEDIA?
WHAT WE OFFER
This is a permanent, full-time position. This job is benefits-eligible. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive benefits to support all of our employees wherever they are in life. You can find more information about our benefits here.
This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East
OUR DEI+ COMMITMENT
Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and create their best work. We recognize that great stories, platforms, products and services come from people with all manner of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that our commitments require ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability, transparency and communication. Learn more about our values here, and our approach to corporate citizenship here.
Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. Vox Media will also consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable Fair Chance laws. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations as part of the application process to candidates with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact our People & Culture team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT COMES NEXT
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