Mic is a diverse news and media company for young people. Our mission is to inform, inspire, and empower our generation to make change happen. Each month, more than 65 million young people rely on Mic to make sense of the world.
Mic is looking for a highly motivated, passionate writer for our News team. This applicant should have a good handle on what it means to write for a search audience, and how to optimize posts for traffic — experience reporting out stories and conducting interviews with sources is a bonus. This applicant must have their finger on the pulse of all the most engaging news stories of the day, week and month. The contractor will spend four months with Mic, during which time they’ll help grow our comprehensive coverage of local and global events.
This is a part-time, four-month contract position, and writers are required to work remotely.
Write quickly, cleanly and accurately under tight deadlines
Be able to follow proper sourcing protocol
Strong knowledge of SEO best practices, or willingness to learn
Familiarity with Mic and its voice
Ability to create clean, concise, high-quality copy under very tight deadlines
Ability to write comfortably and competently about issues related to trending topics
Comfortable writing in formats ranging from short, breaking news posts to aggregated trending hits to informational listicles (“5 things to know about the role of the White House chief of staff”)
Be social media savvy, able to monitor Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit, and wherever else news for breaking and trending story opportunities can be found
Ability to identify the aspects of a trending story that are most relevant to a millennial audience
Generalist’s grasp of the news, from politics to pop culture and a proven ability to pivot from topic to topic
Ability to work evenings and weekends on a flexible schedule
Strong knowledge of AP style
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or English preferred