Welcome. We are The Markup (https://themarkup.org/) — a new nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization in New York City. We're hiring!

Our mission is to investigate and illuminate the societal effects of new technologies. With little accountability or oversight, technology is affecting who we vote for, how we raise our kids, who is able to get housing, jobs, healthcare and a comfortable life. We will investigate these impacts, with the goal of holding the powerful to account, raising the cost of bad behavior, and spurring reforms. We begin publishing in 2019.

Along with that investigative mission, we also want to demystify the ways tech affects people. That’s why we’re creating an explanatory team focused principally explaining technology’s poorly-understood effects through well-reported, creatively told short-turn stories.

The Markup is committed to building a team that includes a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and an organizational culture that is reader-centered, inventive, rigorous, collaborative, and courageous. We won't tolerate jerks. We aim to be a place where a diverse mix of dedicated people will want to come, to stay, and do their best work. 

We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people, and a college degree is not required. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact jobs@themarkup.org. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, country of origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. 

About the position

We are seeking an inventive, rigorous and collaborative Explanatory Reporter who can write daily articles breaking down the impact of technology on society.

Our goal is to explain and illuminate these issues, with a special emphasis on equality and justice, for intelligent and curious people. We are skeptical of anecdotes, predictions or unsupported assertions. Instead, we rely on evidence and analysis so readers can form their own opinions.

Unlike most daily news jobs, this one does not involve chasing a grab bag of topics that comprise the news of the day. Rather, it is an enterprise position where reporters are responsible for generating their own stories and developing expertise.

Responsibilities

Together, the reporting team will be responsible for keeping the website fresh, relative and informative through a mix of daily explanatory and enterprise stories. Reporters will be responsible for generating and pitching story ideas, cultivating sources, reporting and writing articles on a daily basis.

Requirements

We are looking for reporters who can take a rigorous, inventive and collaborative approach to daily enterprise and explanatory stories.

We want to hire Reporters who: 

  • Have several years of experience writing news articles on deadline.
  • Have shown a flair for enterprise stories.
  • Are passionate about accuracy.
  • Write clearly and can produce easy-to-understand explanatory articles.
  • Are motivated by the issues of equality and justice.
  • Are not scared of numbers.
  • Work well with others.
  • Are willing to evolve as our startup newsroom evolves.

Nice to Haves

  • Familiarity with the technology industry is a plus.
  • You can use Excel. 
  • Multi-lingual.

Compensation

We pay people fair and reasonable salaries, in accordance with their skills, abilities, and experience. We also provide a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, parental leave, fertility support, pet insurance, and retirement plan contributions.

The salary for this position begins at $60,000, and will be established based on the successful candidate's experience, education and skills.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the form below and submit a cover letter, resume and 3-5 clips and 3-5 story ideas. Applications that don't include a cover letter will not be considered. Please do not contact the hiring manager directly. Please do not send a CV or application package to staff at their individual email addresses. 

This position will work out of our New York City office. If you don't currently live in New York but are willing to relocate for this position, please make that clear in your cover letter. 

At this time, due to our status with our fiscal sponsor, we unfortunately cannot consider applications from people who don't already have the legal right to work in the United States. In order to work for The Markup, a project of NEO Philanthropy, you'll be required to provide documentation establishing that you're eligible for U.S. employment.

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