The Dodo is looking for a strong, self-driven Staff Writer to join its growing team. This writer will work with editors to produce content for Dodo Impact — our advocacy brand focused on animal welfare issues and the people who want to have a positive impact on animals’ behalf. This writer will focus on topics ranging from poaching to the exotic pet trade to heartwarming rescues — helping us turn more of our core welfare obsessions into mainstream, sharable conversations. Stories will range from shorter reported pieces to in-depth investigative pieces.
Our ideal candidate will have outstanding writing and reporting skills, an ability to work quickly and independently, and an intuitive grasp of what makes a visually driven story succeed on social media. Experience writing about animal issues isn’t crucial — a record of skillful writing and reporting is. This person will work closely with the team out of our New York office.
- Pitch and write 2+ articles per day, from quick news hits to longer investigative pieces
- Ensure all written content is engaging and impactful, built around an emotional core
- Develop systems for digging through social media and cultivate relationships with rescue groups and other partners to catch the next big story before it happens
- Work with video editors to figure out new ways to tell advocacy stories in video form
- Become our in-house expert on all things advocacy related, from canned hunting in South Africa to U.S. wildlife laws — and find compelling narratives to make people care
- 2+ years experience writing for a digital media company (or comparable outlet)
- Excellent writing and reporting skills
- A solid understanding of The Dodo brand and mission
- Experience producing and packaging stories for digital media
- A familiarity with the topics covered by Dodo Impact, such as SeaWorld, captivity issues and wildlife conservation
- A personal love of animals
About the Dodo:
The Dodo is an NYC-based digital media start-up committed to creating entertaining, meaningful animal-related stories – we cover everything from viral videos and animal behavior to rescue stories and advocacy efforts. Our goal at The Dodo is to deliver the most emotionally and visually compelling, sharable animal stories and videos to the biggest number of readers possible to help make caring about animals a viral cause. We are looking for passionate, flexible people who are interested in growing a start-up that we hope will make the world a better place for animals.