Social media fellow

Posted On: January 15, 2020


Media Organization: The Economist

Company Description

The Economist was first published in 1843 to take part in a “severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.” Headquartered in London, The Economist Group today has offices and people across the globe, and is valued by its customers for its world-class insights and rigorous analysis.

Job Description

The Economist's social media team is seeking a fellow to support the team’s work in the New York bureau.

The social media fellow will assist with our strategy to extend the reach of The Economist’s journalism in North America, with a particular focus on America’s 2020 elections. The paid fellowship will last for one year.

The successful candidate will work with colleagues across editorial departments. To be successful, you must be an innovative, unstoppable newshound with an interest in, and knowledge of, current affairs and American politics. You should be excited about the opportunities of social media for a weekly newspaper that was first published more than 150 years before the first tweet. This is an entry-level position working alongside the assistant communities editor in New York, and reporting to the head of social media, based in London.

You should have some junior experience as a journalist, either through internships or perhaps for a college newspaper, or have experience in telling engaging stories online.

In this role you would be expected to:
-Help distribute The Economist’s journalism across digital channels, including newsletters and social media
-Create and test engaging formats for The Economist’s journalism on different platforms
-Work with correspondents and editors to tell stories digitally

To succeed in this role you must have:
-The ability to share online stories in an engaging way
-An understanding of social networks, and emerging trends and platforms in digital media
-Strong writing and proofreading skills
-Good communication skills both written and oral
-An understanding of current affairs and American politics
-Strong news judgement
-The ability to be a self starter, capable of working independently
-Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator and After Effects skills are a plus

To Apply

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and available to start in April 2020. The deadline for application is midnight EST on Sunday February 9th.

To apply, send the following to
-Resumé and cover letter
-400-word post for The Economist Explains blog on a topic of your choice
-Two tweets and one Facebook post for your blog
-A 200-word pitch with a novel idea to promote your explains article on any social and/or digital platform