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BuzzFeed News is looking for an editor to lead a new Health team that will focus on providing readers with accurate, rigorous, personal, fun, and useful reporting about health and health products. The team will focus on the health topics that engage the BuzzFeed News audience, including mental health, reproductive health, sex, exercise, nutrition, disease-prevention, and drugs.
To start, the team will include one reporter, who the editor will hire. The editor will manage the daily and long-term editorial strategy of the team by writing, editing, assigning, and brainstorming pieces. The Health editor will also think about revenue and how direct-sold advertising creates a sustainable business — while remaining editorially independent and upholding rigorous journalistic standards — and to understand what is and what is not working with our audience. The editor will also work closely with BuzzFeed's commerce team to plan a commerce strategy.
- Writing and reporting about health issues in context of the news of the day. This will require experience identifying health questions readers are searching for online, talking about on social media, and writing to us about.
- Rigorously reported evergreen explainers. The desk should have a strong bent towards service journalism, with a clear voice and a good sense of humor.
- Stories that expose inequities and uplift the voices of those who have been traditionally underserved by the medical establishment, including BIPOC and the LGBTQ community. This should include smart coverage that challenges conventional ideas around health, illness, and disability.
- First-person testimonials from a diverse pool of freelancers.
- Commerce writing — evaluating non-pharmaceutical health products, tele-health and app-based health products, sex and sexual health products, fitness products and more by reporting on them and writing reliable, editorially independent, and researched pieces.
You will work with the BuzzFeed News science editor on editorial strategy, and with partners in BuzzFeed on business and product strategy. You will report to the deputy editor-in-chief.
This position is open to journalists who do not have editing or managing experience but know that's a career path they want to move into. You also don't need to have experience with the business side of journalism, but you have to be eager to embrace and understand it. We do ask that the applicant have experience reporting or writing about health. The role is remote-friendly.
To make sure the Health editor is set up for success, we'll have conversations about goals and what it means to succeed in this role at BuzzFeed News with finalists for this position.
- Write, edit, assign, and brainstorm engaging, revelatory, and timely articles about personal, public, and mental health, and can speak the language of the internet
- Be on top of the news, culture, and conversation on social media around health issues of the day, and the historic inequities around personal, public, and mental health
- Hire and manage a team of two that has the potential to expand
- Work with people around BuzzFeed to ensure the team is a sustainable business
- Strategize about covering health products that could appeal to our audience
- Embrace and understand reader metrics
- Edit copy for sensitivity, accuracy, inclusiveness, and authority without losing tone or voice
Please include a resume; either writing or editing clips; and, if you wish, a brief cover letter. We may ask some applicants to respond to specific questions in a memo outlining their strategy for this role, and take an editing test.
All job applications must be received through the official BuzzFeed Jobs board (https://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs), including referrals. It is BuzzFeed's practice to not schedule job interviews until after an application is submitted through our jobs board.
Life at BuzzFeed
At BuzzFeed, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, BuzzFeed celebrates inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity employment. At BuzzFeed, you can expect:
- A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions
- Opportunities for personal and professional growth through work experience, offerings from our in-house Learning @ BuzzFeed team, our Employee Resource Groups, and more
- An attractive and equitable compensation package, including salary and stock options
A generous benefits program featuring PTO, unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym and wellness discounts, and much more.
BuzzFeed is the world’s leading tech-powered media company, with a cross-platform news and entertainment network that reaches hundreds of millions of people globally. The company aims to spread truth and joy across the internet by producing articles, lists, quizzes, videos, original series; lifestyle content through brands including Tasty, the world’s largest social food network; original reporting and investigative journalism through BuzzFeed News; strategic partnerships, licensing and product development through BuzzFeed Marketing; and original productions across broadcast, cable, SVOD, film and digital platforms for BuzzFeed Studios.
BuzzFeed is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category.