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 later this year.
Along with deep-dive investigative projects, we also want to persistently monitor and uncover the ways that tech affects people. That’s why we’re building a quicker-turn team focused on producing well-reported, creatively told short- and medium-term enterprise stories, accountability stories, graphics and explainers.
This position will cover the effects of technology on children and families. The young and very old are among the most vulnerable to exploitative technologies and the use of technology by bad actors, yet they are the least equipped to protect themselves.
How has technology changed the way kids socialize and learn? How is their data mined and by whom? How have seniors and the disabled been left behind by technologies that have the potential to vastly improve their lives but that is not built for them? Those are among some of the questions this reporter will explore.
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 email@example.com. 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 Enterprise Reporter who can write daily articles breaking down the impact of technology on children and families.
Our goal is to investigate and illuminate these issues, with a special emphasis on accountability, equality and justice.
Unlike most daily news jobs, this one does not involve chasing a grab bag of topics that comprise the news of the day nor does it involve matching every last story produced by other outlets. Rather, it is an enterprise position where reporters are responsible for generating their own stories and developing expertise on their particular beat.
Technology is shaping our world faster than most people can keep up. We aim to provide readers with the data, context, and history they need to unravel this emotional debate.
This position will report to the Senior Editor.
Together, the enterprise 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 twice a week.
We are looking for reporters who can take a rigorous, inventive and collaborative approach to twice weekly enterprise and explanatory stories.
We want to hire Reporters who:
- Have at least five years of experience writing news articles on deadline.
- Have shown a flair for enterprise and accountability 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.
- Coverage of the beat subject matter would also be helpful, but isn’t necessary
- Knows how to use Excel and/or SQL.
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 for enterprise stories you might want to pursue on this beat. 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.