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Investigations editor

Job Summary

Position Overview:

The features and investigations editor will guide a team of ambitious, enterprising reporters to uncover scoops that set conversations and make a lasting impact. The editor will lead projects ranging from complex investigations to unmissable narrative-driven stories about our tech-driven society, particularly in the realm of culture, policy, and politics. The editor will be responsible for working with staff writers and expanding our stable of freelancers by finding new and interesting voices to contribute to MIT Technology Review. A proven track record of sniffing out great ideas and crafting them into stories that sing is essential.

We’ve been making concerted efforts to make our newsroom more diverse and inclusive (ask us about them!) and we’re always trying to do better. We think technology coverage benefits from a critical outsider’s perspective, and so we especially welcome applications from women, people of color, and other groups underrepresented in the world of tech.If this sounds exciting but you’re not sure you fit the bill, reach out anyway: email with “features and investigations editor” in the subject line, a few words about yourself (what skills would you bring that we haven’t thought of?) and a couple of questions to get a sense of whether this might be for you.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Managing a team of reporters 

At the outset, the editor will manage a team of four reporters, though this may increase with time. The editor will be responsible for working with each reporter to set their coverage agenda, and for their development as journalists and writers. 

Editing stories

This is the bread and butter of the role. The editor will be in charge of juggling stories in various stages of completion, from long-term investigations to quick-breaking scoops. That means close coordination with members of the art team, copy desk, and engagement team. Air-tight attention to detail and accuracy in every story is table stakes.

Devising and producing special projects

Working with art and tech teams to produce interactives, data visualizations and other specialized story experiences that capture readers’ imaginations. The editor should be comfortable marshalling non-journalists, including designers and developers, to help bring a project to life for the web.

Soliciting freelance stories

We are always looking to expand our contributor pool. With a particular eye on searching out a diversity of perspectives, the editor will work with the executive editor, editor in chief, editorial director of digital, director of print, and other members of senior staff to bring in fresh reporting voices and opinion contributors.

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received: The editor will report to the editorial director of digital, and work closely with the news editor to shape MIT Technology Review’s coverage.

Supervision Exercised: The editor will manage a team of reporters, and will be responsible for their performance and professional development.

Education and Experience:

The role will require at least 5 years of experience.
The editor should have prior investigative journalism experience.
The editor should be proficient in all aspects of news gathering, editing, and fact checking.
The editor should have demonstrated a strong capacity for running teams.
The editor does not need to be based in Cambridge and can work remotely but occasional travel to Cambridge will be required.
The editor will occasionally be expected to work on nights, weekends and holidays in addition to normal working hours.
Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment
Bachelor’s in a related field required


Organization: MIT Technology Review
Location: Cambridge MA US
Date Posted: December 17, 2021
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How to Apply

For questions about the position, please contact Michael Reilly, Executive Editor:

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