April  23, 2017
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Science and Technology Editor

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Science and Technology Editor REF#: JG27585
The Conversation Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: April 18, 2017
Deadline: April 28, 2017


Opening:         Science and Technology Editor
Do you have a passion for communicating ideas and stories about science and technology? Do you see a science angle to current news, sports and entertainment stories? Do you enjoy working with scholars who are doing cutting edge research in all areas of science, from the natural and physical sciences to engineering and even some of the social sciences?

We are looking for an experienced journalist and editor to lead daily coverage of science issues for a new Canadian edition of the globally successful non-profit academic journalism site, The Conversation (theconversation.com/ca).
This job is for an initial full-time one-year contract based in Toronto, with the strong intent of an on-going term subject to funding.
The Science and Technology Editor will contribute to The Conversation Canada’s daily coverage of the latest academic research into and thinking about politics, policy, international affairs and social trends.
Reporting to the Editor, the Science and Technology Editor will develop story ideas on a daily basis, commission articles from academics and researchers, and prepare those articles for publication. The successful applicant be widely read and well informed on a wide range of science as well as science-related national and international policy issues. You’ll be comfortable working in a fast paced, daily news environment. Some travel is expected to make presentations and to lead writing workshops for academic researchers.


This role would suit a journalist with at least ten years’ experience of covering science, demonstrated experience of editing, strong communication skills and the ability to manage relationships with key institutions and scholars. An interest in turning academic research into compelling stories is a must, as is a commitment to work as part of a collaborative team. Experience in digital news production and social media is a bonus, as an understanding of the higher education landscape in Canada.
The Science and Technology Editor will demonstrate the following:
  • At least 10 years’ experience in of reporting and editing experience in a fast-moving, daily news environment
  • In-depth knowledge of a wide variety of science and issues
  • Proven ability to generate creative and compelling story ideas to complement the daily news agenda
  • An extensive network of academic contacts
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to write to a daily deadline, manage multiple tasks and work as part of a collaborative team
  • Care and attention to detail
  • Bilingualism an asset.
The Conversation Canada will have editorial operations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Please send applications, including cover letter - stating you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board - and CV to: canada[at]theconversation.com. 
Please note that only candidates under consideration will be contacted. We thank you for your interest in The Conversation Canada.
The Conversation (theconversation.com) is an internationally successful knowledge network. Since its launch in Australia in 2011, it has expanded to an increasingly global network, which now includes editions in the UK, the US, France and Africa and a new Global site, with more than 85 commissioning editors and 30,000-plus academics registered as contributing authors (401 of whom are based in Canada). The Conversation has a monthly audience of 3.3 million users and reaches 35 million through Creative Commons republication.
Equal opportunity is afforded to all those who seek employment at The Conversation Canada. As an employer, we are committed to nurturing an inclusive and equitable workplace where individual differences are valued. 

The Conversation Canada

E-mail: canada@theconversation.com

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