Science Editor, NOVA (Part-time)

Posted On: October 13, 2022

Journalism Job

Media Organization: GBH

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Job Description


NOVA is the most popular primetime science series on American television, demystifying the scientific and technological concepts that shape and define our lives, our planet, and our universe. The PBS series is also one of the most widely distributed science programs around the world, and is a multimedia, multiplatform brand reaching more than 55 million Americans every year on TV and across digital platforms. NOVA’s important and inspiring stories of human ingenuity, exploration, and the quest for knowledge are regularly recognized with the industry’s most prestigious awards. As part of its mission to make the scientific enterprise accessible and relevant to all, NOVA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its work, from the production process to the range of stories we tell, to the storytellers and voices we feature. In addition, science educators across the country rely on NOVA for resources used in the classroom as well as in museums, libraries, and after-school programs. NOVA is a production of GBH Boston; more information can be found at, or by following NOVA on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Leveraging the combined experience and expertise of producers, journalists, and educators on our team, NOVA launched the NOVA Science Studio in 2018, a program that empowers students with the skills to tell engaging stories about science through short-form videos. The NOVA Science Studio is NOVA’s first youth program and our first project to create educational resources to teach science communication to high school teens aged 14-18. This year the program will be launched in 6 school sites in two regions managed by the local PBS stations: WHRO in Norfolk, VA, and WKAR in Lansing, MI. The stations will support educators who implement the program with high school students. The students will spend several months learning science journalism and video production skills before producing their own short-form videos about climate change impacts in their communities.

Under the direction of NOVA’s Director of Education and Outreach and in collaboration with the NOVA Co-Executive Producers and NOVA Science Editor, the NSS Science Editor will be responsible for Reviewing student-produced editorial content at all stages of production, providing editorial feedback consistent with best practices for engaging science journalism and communication, and to ensure that student-produced videos adhere to PBS and NOVA editorial standards. The NSS Science Editor will be integrated into the program during the ideation and production of the student videos to establish a clear process for editorial review. The NSS Science Editor will manage the process between the PBS stations while overseeing the program sites and NOVA for video pitches and outlines, fact-checked scripts, rough cuts, and picture lock cuts of student-produced videos.


Ensuring that student-produced content adheres to PBS and NOVA editorial and fact-checking standards.
Develop templates for editorial review of student videos at pitching, scripting, and production stages
Provide timely feedback to student producers during the review process
Support site coordinators and educators in providing students editorial support, resources for experts to interview, and sources for fact-checking

A strong grasp of journalistic ethics, method, and best practices
Exceptional journalistic, written, and oral communication skills, and strong attention to detail
Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team and external organizations
Interest in climate science
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
Experience in science reporting
Familiarity with youth media
Bilingualism (Spanish)


Bachelor's degree in journalism or equivalent work experience. 5 years of experience in science journalism, ideally including experience with digital video production. Experience providing editorial feedback on science journalism/communication content. Experience working with student journalism programs. Experience in science reporting.


This is a project contract role

This is a part-time role

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