Social-Media Fellow

The Economist
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-16-2021
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

The Economist was founded as a newspaper in 1843 but nowadays more and more of our readers and subscribers are consuming our journalism on digital platforms. Over the past two years we have completely rethought our approach to social media, tailoring content to each of our priority platforms and increasingly reflecting a digital-first approach.

Ever more people are encountering The Economist for the first time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, where our accounts have a total of 60m followers. However, size is not everything and we want to do more to turn this audience into the next generation of subscribers.

We are seeking a Social-Media Fellow to assist with our strategy to extend the reach of The Economist’s journalism. The one-year paid fellowship is an entry-level position working alongside colleagues in North America and London, and reporting to the Head of Social Media.

The successful candidate will collaborate with multiple editorial and digital departments. You will be an innovative, unstoppable newshound with an interest in, and knowledge of, current affairs and American politics. 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 our journalism across digital channels, including newsletters and social media
  • Create and test engaging formats for our 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
  • Excellent news judgement
  • The ability to be a self starter, capable of working independently

Application instructions

To apply, please send:

  • Your resumé and cover letter
  • A 400-word post for The Economist Explains blog on a topic of your choice
  • Two tweets, a Facebook post and an Instagram caption for your blog
  • A 200-word pitch with a novel idea to promote your article on any social and/or digital platform

We will read your assessment blind (i.e. without seeing your name or your experience). Only if what is written fits with what we are looking for will we examine the accompanying CV or resumé and consider the rest of your application.

All applications or enquiries should be sent to [email protected]. The closing date is Sunday May 16th 2021.

You must already be eligible to live and work in the United States, without the need for an additional visa process. You should be available to start by the end of June 2021. The job is based in New York but initially we can be flexible about your location. However, you must be in the United States to begin your employment.

 

NOTES:

Telecommuting is allowed.

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