Senior Staff Writer, Motherboard
VICE started in 1994 as a newsprint monthly in Montreal and is now a global youth media company that includes print, events, music, online, television, and feature film divisions that operates in over 30 countries. Motherboard is VICE’s science and technology site.
Launched by VICE in 2009, Motherboard reports on the companies and people who are working to build a better future—and those who are threatening it.
Motherboard is looking for a motivated and talented reporter who is interested in covering a wide variety of the topics we care about. This reporter should be interested in how Silicon Valley is shaping our culture and politics, and should be interested in how systemic inequality, algorithmic bias, and surveillance capitalism impact privacy, civil liberties, and opportunity. The candidate should also have an interest in reporting on the culture of technical communities, including the open source, programming, and cybersecurity communities.
The candidate should have an interest in reporting and publishing scoops and other exclusive coverage. They should also have strong writing and source management and protection skills.
Senior Staff writers are expected to develop high-impact coverage across a beat or set of beats. Senior Staff writers are expected to develop sourcing and readership in their beat with a calculated approach to format and reporting, with a mix of blogging, longer-lead reporting, and enterprise work. Senior Staff writers must also be extremely sensitive to how well their stories are resonating within their beats, as well as ensuring that they are not ignoring key issues in their sphere of coverage.
This is a role designed to help ensure Motherboard has a topic area covered in an authoritative enough fashion that we stand out above the fray. An ability to find insightful, unique, or otherwise exclusive stories is essential to success in the role. The ideal candidate has an understanding of what makes a Motherboard story, and also will bring a fresh perspective to help us in our mission of explaining the futures around us.
The candidate should be able to generate scoops, break news, and comment on ongoing news events in their beat, with the goal of having these stories ladder up into longer investigative and narrative features.
A general knowledge of the wide range of topics Motherboard covers is a must, but the candidate will also likely specialize in a few core beats under the guidance of Motherboard's editorial leaders. Candidates must also be excited about telling stories in multimedia formats and should be able to report stories that could also work as podcasts or video documentaries. Candidates should be willing to delve deep into the communities that Motherboard covers.
Most importantly, we're looking for an energetic, hardworking journalist who is committed to doing the forward-thinking reporting Motherboard is known for.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- ongoing news reporting and scoop generation in a beat
- finding angles on breaking news stories and blogging
- features and investigative reporting as discussed with an editor
- working with other staff writers and editors on theme weeks and reporting projects
- video and podcast hosting as appropriate
- Strong writing voice
- Ability to write and report posts quickly as needed
- Excellent reporting, source management, and protection skills
- An interest in investigative reporting and learning investigative reporting techniques (such as FOIA, working with leaked documents, protecting anonymous and sensitive sources)
- Well-versed in encrypted messaging techniques
- Background in reporting and news-gathering
- Professional experience using a CMS
- A previous position on a website’s editorial staff
VICE offers a comprehensive benefits and compensation package that is commensurate with experience and abilities. VICE editorial staff is represented by the Writer’s Guild of America East, a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news.
VICE editorial staff is represented by the Writer’s Guild of America East, a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news.
Equal Employment Opportunities: VICE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that strives to create and maintain a workplace that celebrates inclusion and diversity. At VICE, we understand that inclusion and diversity is a major benefit to our employees, our readers and viewers, and our company culture. We treat all applicants and employees fairly without regard to age, alienage or citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status and partnership status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, credit history, unemployment status, salary history, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, status as a veteran or active military service member, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
VICE requires that all employees have proper authorization to work in the U.S. Should an applicant require employment sponsorship, VICE will determine, in its sole discretion, whether such sponsorship will be provided.
Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the New York City Fair Chance Act or other applicable laws.
*Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily, with or without a reasonable accommodation. The requirements and essential functions described above are not an exhaustive list and instead are meant to describe the general nature and level of work required of the job. VICE reserves the right to modify the essential functions of this position where a legitimate business exists.