Astronomy Writer, Science News (FT, DC)

Job Title:
Astronomy Writer, Science News

Full time, Washington, D.C.

Job Description:
Science News, the award-winning print and digital magazine of Society for Science & the Public, has an opening for an astronomy staff writer/reporter. The job entails writing daily news stories, features and other items, focusing mostly on astronomy, cosmology, planetary sciences and related fields, for the Science News website, biweekly magazine and the weekly tablet publication Science News Prime.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Stay up to date on latest developments in astronomy.
  • Initiate and develop source relationships with key scientists.
  • Monitor journals and other sources for news developments.
  • Attend and report from key scientific meetings.
  • Assist with acquiring and developing art, photos, video and audio to accompany stories.

This position reports to the Managing Editor.

Ideal candidates will have an educational background in science (preferably in astronomy or related field), science journalism training and experience, and a demonstrated ability to write cogent copy on deadline.

This full-time position is based in Washington, D.C.

We are accepting applications through November 9, 2012.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Eva Emerson, eemerson@sciencenews.org.

About Science News: Science News has been published since 1922. This biweekly news magazine covers important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching nearly 130,000 subscribers and more than one million readers.

About Society for Science & the Public: Science News is published by Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

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