The goal of the Nieman Journalism Lab (
) is to identify and encourage changes that can expand the production of quality journalism in America. We do so by identifying best practices, examining new business models, tracking innovation in journalistic craft, and trying to be a forward-looking voice in figuring out the future of journalism.
The staff writer of the Lab will work with existing staff to reach this goal. The primary work of the position is smart reporting and writing on the evolution of the news ecosystem. That includes traditional news organizations, new online startups, nonprofit outlets, academic researchers, and the technology companies that impact how news is reported, distributed, and consumed. The ability to break news is important; so is a mind agile enough to see unreported angles, connect trends across fields, and go beyond press releases to add to the journalism world’s net knowledge of itself. Along with reporting and writing, the person in this position will also be involved in our social media work, including working on our Twitter account (nearly 100,000 followers), and other projects and initiatives of both the Lab and the Foundation.
Duties will include: original reporting and writing on changes in the news industry, in both the mainstream media organizations and the new generation of startups and Internet companies; active use of social media platforms like Twitter; assisting in planning the future of the Lab; working with Harvard faculty and other researchers on projects related to the Lab’s aims; managing the community of readers on the Lab’s website; and assisting the Nieman Foundation on other programs as needed.
Note: This is a term appointment ending June 30, 2013, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and department priorities.
Bachelor's degree. Minimum 2 years experience as a journalist (college experience may apply.) Strong familiarity with the production and distribution of news online. Blogging experience and familiarity with the Nieman Journalism Lab strongly preferred.
Reporting skills, source management, and the ability to generate story ideas are musts. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills; attention to detail; strong project management skills; experience in video and audio production, business and financial issues, or web design or coding are all a plus. Ability to work under deadlines, take initiative, set priorities, and work collaboratively in a team environment.
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
administers the oldest fellowship program for journalists in the world. Grants are awarded to accomplished professionals who come to Harvard for a year of study. More than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries have received Nieman Fellowships since 1938. The foundation’s other initiatives include
, an influential quarterly magazine/website that explores contemporary challenges and opportunities in journalism; the
Nieman Journalism Lab
, a website that reports on the future of news and identifies emerging business models, innovation and best practices in journalism in the digital media age;
, a website that poses questions the press should ask and teaches journalists how to monitor and hold accountable all those who exert power in public life;
, a website that showcases exceptional narrative journalism in every medium and explores the future of nonfiction storytelling; and
that explore specific journalistic beats and issues and examine how working journalists can adapt to changes in their profession.