Posted On: July 23, 2014
Media Organization: Flocabulary
Flocabulary is an online learning platform that delivers educational hip-hop songs and videos to students in grades K-12. Our mission is to motivate kids and help them reach their full academic potential, not only by raising test scores but by fostering a love of learning in every child. We have diverse backgrounds, and a common goal of increasing student motivation and achievement. Learn more at flocabulary.com.
Flocabulary is seeking an ongoing freelance News Writer / Editor to research, write and edit educational content related to current events for students.
Who You Are
You are a strong writer with great research skills and a journalism background. You’re dependable and aren’t scared of deadlines. You’re known for your attention to detail. You actively follow the news. You want to be part of a company that is committed to inspiring and teaching young people.
Each week, we create and publish The Week in Rap, which summarizes important current events in a music video. We also publish supplemental material so students can learn more about the news stories. You’ll be responsible for writing all the content aside from the song itself. You’ll need to be available each week on Wednesday afternoon to fact-check the song’s lyrics. You'll have between Wednesday at 2 PM and Thursday at 1 PM to produce the content. You'll need to be available on Thursday mid-afternoon to make any revisions to the news summaries you’ve written. We estimate that these tasks with take around 4 hours each week.
Each week you will:
— Independently follow various major news stories
— Propose the 7-8 stories that should make it into the Week in Rap (Wednesday’s at 1:30pm Eastern)
— Fact check the lyrics (Wednesday’s at 5pm)
— Summarize each story in 8-10 sentences, writing at an 8th-grade reading level (by Thursday at 1pm)
— Create a short activity and quiz, based on the model we send you (by Thursday at 1pm)
Skills & Qualifications
— You are a very strong writer who can work quickly
— You are an excellent researcher and fact-checker
— You were a great student and have a college degree
— Bonus points if you have done some tutoring or teaching
This is an ongoing freelance position. You can be located anywhere in the world as long as you can make yourself available online at the times designated above. Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Please email a cover letter, resume and 2-4 writing samples that show the breadth of your writing experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.