Project X (working title) is a user's guide to the news produced by the beat reporters and subject-area experts who know it best.
We'll have regular coverage of everything from tax policy to True Detective, but instead of letting that reporting gather dust in an archive, we'll use it to build and continuously update explainers of the topics we cover. We want to create the single best resource for news consumers anywhere.
Part of helping our readers understand the news is bringing them the news. The people on the front lines of that project will be our writing fellows. Our fellows may or may not have traditional journalism experience — or any work experience, for that matter — but they'll be capable of writing clear, concise high-quality news items and then working those news items into deeper explainers that walk readers through the topic. A typical day would involve writing three to four newsy pieces as well as contributing to the larger-scale, ongoing topic resources.
Some of that is going to be done through researching and summarizing previous writing on a topic and some of it is going to be done by interviewing and summarizing what your own sources say. People like to call the former "aggregating" and the latter "reporting" but at the end of the day they're both valuable tools for tracking and explaining the news. We hope and expect our fellows will do both, and more. We expect they'll be as adept at conveying a point in a bar chart as they are in expressing it in 400 words, and that they'll know the right times to do each.
Our fellows will be paid a $30,000 salary with full benefits for a year, with a possibility of being hired permanently at the end of the fellowship. Because we're a young organization, fellows will play a key role in setting the early style of Project X and have plenty of opportunities to pitch more ambitious projects, to interact with top editors, and to advance professionally within the publication. They're not going to be shlepping coffee; they're going to be building the future of news.
Sound like something you'd want to try? Then drop a resume and a cover letter here. We can’t wait to meet you.